The Reinberger Foundation awards $300,000 grant to Lake Erie College
The Reinberger Foundation of Cleveland recently awarded Lake Erie College a $300,000 five-year grant for a new learning education center and horse barn at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center.
The grant will assist the College in completing the construction of a new learning education center and horse boarding facility. The new multi-functional building will consist of classroom space, offices and additional amenities. With this grant, approximately $800,000 has been raised for this project.
“The College is appreciative of The Reinberger Foundation’s support in aiding the College with its’ plan to provide state-of-the-art instructional space and operate as a showplace for local and national competition,” said President Michael T. Victor. “It’s the essential first step toward realizing our vision to be the preeminent equestrian program in the nation.”
Lake Erie College has operated an Equine Studies program on campus since the 1950s and has been a national leader in equine education since the construction of the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center in 1971. The Equine Studies program prepares students for careers in the equine industry, which has an annual economic impact of more than $39 billion in the United States.
The barns, arenas and horses are the academic program’s classroom and laboratory. The majority of equine studies students are facility management majors; therefore, they learn as much from observing the management of the facility as they do in the classroom. “We are very excited about the new state-of-the-art equine learning center as it will provide a venue for ‘hands-on’ instructional methods to prepare our students to be leaders in the billion dollar, multi-national horse industry,” said Stephanie Huffman, associate dean of Equine Studies.
Since 2001, the nationally recognized program has experienced a 35 percent increase in enrollment. “The learning center will have a significant impact on the equine industry by sparking the imagination of students who will use their skills to become successful professionals in the ever-changing and growing equine industry,” Huffman said.
A new major in equine entrepreneurship was introduced to the program’s already existing teacher/trainer and facility management majors. The equine studies program also offers concentrations in stud farm management, therapeutic horsemanship, general business and marketing.
The Reinberger Foundation, founded by Clarence Thompson and Louise Fischer Reinberger in 1966, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals from all walks of life. To achieve this goal, proposals in the areas of the arts, education, healthcare and social service are favored.