Kansas State's Proposed New EquiCenter

Equine Education and Activities Center
The purpose of this state-of-the-art equestrian complex is to capitalize on the growing interest and demand for academic and professional equestrian pursuits across the United States.  The EquiCenter will serve as an educational complex to meet the growing demands of the University's equestrian sciences program, and as a performance and training complex for KSU's rodeo and equestrian riding teams.  The Equicenter's facilities will make it possible to host national-level professional horse shows and exhibitions, as well as training programs for amateur horse enthusiasts.  In addition, the planned facilities will serve as an ideal venue for a wide range of non-agricultural events.

In response to a critical need to provide opportunities for its student community, Kansas State University has developed as exciting vision for a privately funded Equine Education and Activities Center, the EquiCenter, on the northeast corner of the extended campus property.

The EquiCenter Facility Mission
The Livestock & Meat Industry Council (LMIC) and K-State Animal Sciences and Industry have contracted with Shelden Architecture of Wichita to prepare a Conceptual Master Plan and Design for the EquiCenter.  The proposed master plan will deliver solutions for two key priorities:

  • Advancement of K-State teaching, research, and extension
    --Provide an effective center to educate and train students in equine sciences and animal agriculture, and provide a home for the KSU NCAA Women's Equestrian and KSU Rodeo competitive teams.
  • Attraction of Activities and Competitive Events
    --A unique partnership opportunity exists between K-state, the City of Manhattan, and surrounding communities and counties to plan and construct an indoor multipurpose arena with supporting infrastructures.  These facilities will attract and accommodate a wide array of equine, livestock, and agribusiness-related functions making the EquiCenter and Manhattan the premier destination in the midwestern United States for this type of activity.