Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science
Among only a few academic equine centers nationally to be housed within an urban environment, the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science provides an important academic, economic, and recreational resource to the community, the region, the equine industry, and our outstanding students.
The Knowlton Center contains classrooms, faculty and staff office space, a large indoor riding arena suitable for regional and national equestrian competitions, night caretaker quarters, reception and spectator seating, and stalls for 52 horses with future expansion capabilities to double stall capacity. Situated on approximately 70 acres in a pristine setting in the heart of the Westerville residential community, the Knowlton Center is surrounded by pasture and paddocks with turnout sheds. Only two miles from the main Otterbein University campus, the Center provides easy access to students and faculty and projects Otterbein visibly into the community.
Our facility also serves as a demonstration project committed to "best practices" in equine management techniques. It is an educational facility open to the equine industry and the local public and provides an avenue for Otterbein involvement in the community. The Department of Equine Science strives to be model custodians of green space. Neighbor-friendly and environmentally-friendly approaches to management are emphasized.
The Knowlton Center serves as a public resource to all in Ohio. Pasture, manure, and water quality management along with the application of sound environmental and facility management practices distinguish the Center from typical stables.
Large rooms were custom-built around the barn wings for tack and blanket storage, medical supplies, laundry facilities, and feed. There are also indoor wash and grooming stalls, as well as a separate area for veterinarian and farrier services.
The center is equipped with an elaborate mechanical system to keep the facility dust free and keep the air quality clean for the horses.
The property also includes all-weather paddocks, large grass paddocks with run-in sheds, wood fencing surrounding acres of pasture, and ample parking for cars and trailers.
The facility will allow Otterbein's Equine Science program to expand its course offerings and to double its enrollment, from 75 to 150 students, over the next 10 years.
The Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science opened in Fall 2009 and is located in a suburban setting at 600 N. Spring Road in Westerville, Ohio. Click here to get Mapquest directions.
The facility also allows for a limited number of students to board their horses. Details.
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