COLLEGE STATION -- Crews at Texas A&M broke ground today on an $80-million center that will eventually become a world-renowned equine initiative benefiting the college, its students and the equine industry world-wide.
It's a collaboration that Dr. Eleanor Green, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, says just makes sense.
"The equine industry is huge in the state of Texas," said Dr. Green "Texas is number one in total number of horses, in economic impact and in jobs created. This is important to the state of Texas."
Now thanks to a new equine initiative between the veterinary college and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M will become home to the leading equine science program in the nation.
"The kind of education and research and service done here in the particular center will, I think, revolutionize our understanding of horses as well as the future development of the industry," said Texas A&M president, Dr. R. Bowen Lofting.
Tuesday officials broke ground on Phase 1 of the $35-million dollar "Dr. Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex" which will include: an education and outreach program, facilities for the the equestrian team, a course for the cross country team, as well as a new facility for the Parsons Mounted Calvary.
"It's going to be awesome," said equestrian team member, Morgan Cleveland. "This is going to be the place that people want to be."
A&M expects to have Phase 1 completed by early 2014 with Phase 2 beginning shortly after.