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Dr. Dave Bryant, OPSU President, prepares to cut the ribbon on the new Equine
Science Center.
- OPSU Campus Communications photo

**For Immediate Release**
Equine Science Center Dedication
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-10-2006

by Laura Dahl

Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University celebrated the Equine Science Center dedication on Friday, March 10. The windy March weather did little to deter over 100 people from attending the ceremony and staying to eat the hamburgers provided courtesy of the OPSU Firestone Meats Laboratory.

OPSU President Dave Bryant welcomed the guests inside the newly-renovated building. He pointed out that it took four deans to complete the 12-stall/outdoor run structure. It was erected in 1999 under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Woodward who was then serving as Dean of Agriculture. Dr. Woodward worked closely with the Noble Foundation to help with the funding. During 2003-2004, Dean of Agriculture John Townsend directed the concrete work on the inside and outside of the building. When Dr. Peter Camfield took over as dean in 2005, he completed the inside stalls and outdoor runs. In addition, Dr. Justin Collins, Dean of Science, Mathematics and Nursing, provided support and acts as an advisor to the Equine Science program.

Only in its second year, the program has attracted 25 students who have selected it as a major. The students receive practical, hands-on experience in horsemanship, horse training, and a number of other skills as well as formal classroom education in equine reproduction, nutrition, physiology and health.

Dr. Bryant also recognized Charlie Cline, of Ripley, Okla. for donating ten head of registered American Quarterhorses. The horses include two studs and will provide an excellent base of stock to use for breeding.

According to Camfield, “I think this facility will help us recruit top equine science students. Also, it should increase participation in the equestrian team and will continue to increase the student population of the program."

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