By Dr. Jim Heird, Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair, Executive Professor and Coordinator, Equine Initiative
The Equine Initiative at Texas A&M was started in 2009 and is a partnership between the Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Its goal is to utilize the combined excellence of the equine programs and faculty at Texas A&M to better serve the equine industry of Texas, the nation, and the world.
In just a short time, with the help of many within the industry, the Equine Initiative has made phenomenal progress. In April 2014 the first phase of the new Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ‘56 Equine Complex was opened and now provides a home for the Texas A&M Equestrian Team, as well as a state-of-the-art teaching and outreach facility. In addition, the curriculum has been enhanced with new courses, an undergraduate Equine Certificate, which utilizes expertise from both colleges, and the new Master of Equine Industry Management program. Further, a new endowed chair has been funded in honor of Dr. Glenn Blodgett of the 6666 Ranch and to preserve a continual leadership position for the Equine Initiative. These projects alone have resulted in gifts of more than $40 million.
The Equine Initiative is now focusing efforts on the next phase of construction. The goal of the second phase is to provide new and modern facilities for the Animal Science equine teaching and research programs, as well as give our world-leading equine reproduction faculty the facilities to support and enhance what they can do for the industry.
If you are interested in learning more about the Equine Initiative please visit equine.tamu.edu, call 979-845-6098, or stop by our new offices at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex located at 3240 F&B Road in College Station.