W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center is a little known California treasure, and with the other amenities available on the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly) campus, makes a perfect Sunday getaway.
The Center was created when cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg donated his Pomona ranch to the state of California in 1949 with several conditions. He wanted the property to be used for educational purposes and to maintain the tradition of the Arabian Horse Shows that he began in 1926 to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of the animals.
Today, the Center is home to more than 100 Arabian horses, some of which are descendants of Kellogg’s original team. The horses, which are ridden by Cal Poly staff and students, perform for more than 11,000 guests each year.
The Arabian Horse Center occupies 38 acres of pasture and is internationally recognized for its breeding and training programs. The facility also has three barns, foaling stalls, a breeding area, a veterinary clinic, farrier (equine hoof care specialist) shop, four arenas, an equine research center, the Kellogg Arabian Horse Library and an 800-seat grandstand.
Kelly Pina, Administrative Support Coordinator of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, encourages visitors to the Center to make a day of it by visiting other campus attractions.
Sunday Horse Show And Tours
Sunday Horse Shows are held at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, October through May. Shows are occasionally cancelled due to inclement weather. Cost for the show is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 6 to 17, and children five and younger are admitted free. Guests are encouraged to have lunch at Kellogg West, which overlooks the Kellogg estate. A buffet lunch is also available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the Center at 909-869-4988.
Kellogg House Pomona
The Kellogg House Pomona,W.K. Kellogg’s West Coast estate, provides an open house to the public that coincides with the horse shows. Visitors can take a free, self-guided tour from noon to 2 p.m. The house is closed from 2 to 3:30 p.m. during the Sunday Arabian Horse Shows.
Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch
Across the street from the Arabian Horse Center is the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch. The store is open seven days a week and features the finest quality locally grown fruits and vegetables, grocery products, and a wide variety of organic and health foods.
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center is open Monday through Sunday. No appointment is necessary; however, weekday visitors must call 909-869-3004 to tour the Kellogg House Pomona. A special package lunch and tour is provided for a fee.