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A-State Equine Center

Equine Center Continues Thoroughbred Breeding Program

As we begin the new breeding year, we are very excited about developments that have occurred in the Equine Program at Arkansas State University and the Thoroughbred breeding industry in Arkansas! One exciting new change is the new Weanling and Yearling management class here at A-State. Our stallion roster for the year includes:

Rascal Cat 2019 BRAHMS Flyer 2019

Gary Meadow's Arena at A-State's Equine Center


The A-State Equine Center was built in November, 2000. The project grew from just a single barn to a covered arena with adjacent pastures. The entire complex now covers 40 acres and houses a fifty-two stall barn with all the major amenities including stalls, tack rooms, spacious wash racks, a 300’ X 165’ covered arena, bleachers, sound system, and parking lot.

The Equine Center also contains areas for riding instruction and a classroom equipped for teaching equine production and management that doubles as a hospitality room for area events, such as regional FFA contests. 

The Garry Meadows Arena was named for the contractor who donated his labor preparing the land for construction. The entrance to the Equine Center, Fielder Road, is named for Lawrence Fielder, another contractor who assisted with the land preparation.

The Equine Center strives to meet the following goals:
  1. Provide educational opportunities in equine science and horsemanship to the students of A-State in order to educate future equine industry professionals.
  2. Provide a boarding facility to students and alumni of A-State.
  3. Provide an event facility for the general public to use for equine and non-equine related activities.
  4. Provide and promote an educational environment in which equine enthusiasts can gain horsemanship knowledge and improve their skill level in the events they enjoy.


Schedule of Events



November 16-17

November 15

  • Annual 4-H Auction & Pork Steak dinner
  • 6:00pm
  • Craighead County 4-H
  • Contact: Maleigha Proffitt
  • mproffitt@uaex.edu



April 18, 25
May 9, 16, 30
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 1

  • Horse shows
  • Northeast Arkansas Horse Show Association
  • Contact: Alicia Kappelman
  • skappelm@hotmail.com

Contact the Equine Center's assistant, Abigail Jorgenson, to get your event on the Equine Center's calendar: (870) 972-3221 or ajorgenson@astate.edu.

The Arena and/or Show Barn will be closed for these events. Specific contact information is listed for each event. These are not A-State events.

Fall 2019 Class Schedule

M    W    12:00-1:20pm
Advanced Western Equitation

M   W    1:30-3:30pm
Beginning Equitation

M   W    4-5:15pm
Equine Health & Management

T    Th    12:00-1:20pm
Weanling & Yearling Management

T    Th    1:30-3:30pm
Beginning Equitation

T    Th    3:30-5:30pm
Beginning English Equitation