Located on the Berry College's 27,000-acre campus, the Gunby Equine Center serves as a focal point for equine-related education for the institution and the community. The facility was dedicated in the name of the Honorable Eugene Gunby in 1974. Stricken with polio when he was five years old, Eugene Gunby showed great personal courage and perseverance in overcoming his severe physical disability to become a skilled and avid horseman. He credited Berry College and his love for horses for developing the sense of responsibility, honor and values that guided him throughout life. The Gunby center recognizes his love and concern for youth.
The primary purposes of the Gunby Equine Center are to support excellence in equine-related instruction and research, student work experience, and service to the community and equine industry. Berry College owns approximately 60 horses which are obtained by donations from the general public. This allows students to gain first-hand experience in dealing with a variety of animals and situations. The majority of the horses are used for instructional purposes in hunt seat and western equitation in association with the intercollegiate equestrian team. Berry College does not promote specialization of a single riding discipline or breed. The Gunby Equine Center also maintains an active breeding program consisting of a small band of broodmares and a stallion.
The Gunby Equine Center consists as a 185-acre operation. Facilities include five buildings, 64 stalls with tack rooms and washracks, an outdoor arena, and two round pens. The newest addition is a covered arena with attached classroom, offices, concession stand, judges stand, and seating for 400 spectators. Over 180 acres are used for pasture. In addition, there is access to many miles of trails throughout the mountains of the 27,000-acre campus.
The Gunby Equine Center is operated as one of several livestock units, within the Animal Science Department. A wide variety of courses are available through the Animal Science/Pre-Vet major degree. Guided trail rides and equine related events enhance student and community involvement at the equine center.
Students also have the opportunity to board their own horses if they wish.
Gunby Center, Barn Manager