Centenary University Equestrian Center lauded (Animal Science Update)
(Editor’s note: Michael Westendorf is with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.)
Since 2012, the Rutgers University Equine Science Center and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station have been offering an annual environmental stewardship award.
The program is a collaborative initiative by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, the Rutgers Equine Science Center, and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
The award recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship. The selection is based on a number of criteria related to environmental sustainability including suitable water quality, control of erosion, quality pasture management, management of stables and dry lots, manure management storage and disposal, and overall farm appearance.
An application form, a self-survey, and a description of the farm’s waste management plan is required when applying.
The 2020 winner of the Gold Medal Horse Farm award is the Centenary University Equestrian Center, located at Centenary University in Long Valley.
The award, part of the New Jersey Equine Environmental Stewardship Program, gives recognition to outstanding equine farms for their dedication to environmental sustainability and management.
The Centenary University Equestrian Center is a 64-acre equine facility in the heart of Long Valley.
The Equestrian Center is home to approximately 90 university-owned horses, two indoor arenas, a newly renovated outdoor arena with GGT and sand footing, a derby field, and a Kraft 8-Horse Covered Walker.
Students in the Equine Studies Department are pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in Equine Business Management, Equine Science, Equine Training & Instruction, Equestrian Media and Public Relations.
Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health have the unique opportunity to work closely with our on-staff veterinary team to gain the hands-on experience required by most veterinary schools around the country.
Centenary’s Equine Program also boasts its Therapeutic Riding Program where our students learn about teaching therapeutic riding and prepare for the PATH International teaching certification tests. Finally, our Equine Program is home to several collegiate riding teams, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team, the Intercollegiate Dressage Team, the American National Riding Commission Team, and the Hunter Jumper Team. All teams have received many local, regional and national championships through the years.
A Centenary University spokesperson stated,“On behalf of everyone at the Centenary University Equestrian Center we are honored to be receiving the Gold Medal Award for equine environmental stewardship. It is our goal to continue appropriate manure management, pasture maintenance and continue the best management practices for equine farms in New Jersey.”
The farm is a showcase for equine environmental management.
All manure from 90 horses is removed daily, stored in a facility with concrete flooring and block walls, and removed to a compost facility quarterly. The farm follows a nutrient management plan developed with the assistance of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. The farm is also committed to pasture management.
Yearly soil samples are taken and pasture land is fertilized to maximize fertility and optimal pasture growth and performance.
The farms management is very proactive with the goal of environmental stewardship.
The Centenary University Equestrian Center joins Fair Winds Farm (2019), Mortonhouse Farm (2018, Dorsett Arabians (2017), Hidden Hills Farms (2016), Lord Stirling Stables (2015), Woodhollow Farm (2014), D’Arrigo Racing Stable LLC (2013) and Showplace Farms (2012) as the state’s only Gold Medal Horse Farms.
Farm owners interested in applying for next year’s award may access the application at: http://esc.rutgers.edu/research/ryders-lane-farm/educational-programs/gold-medal-horse-farm/
Applications are due by June 15.