$400,000 donation highlights groundbreaking of USU’s new equine facility

USU President Stan Albrecht announced a donation of $400,000 for the USU Equine Education Center at the center’s groundbreaking ceremony Friday. Albrecht said The ALSAM Foundation’s donation will be used to complete the first phase of the Equine Education Center. Phase one is construction of a 150-by-300 indoor arena, horse stables and site improvements. The foundation was started by the Skaggs family, and part of the center will be named the “Sam Skaggs Family Stable” in their honor. According to a press release, the cost to build phase one will total $2.9 million. Albrecht said ALSAM Foundation representatives signed the donation’s paperwork 30 minutes before the groundbreaking ceremony. Ronny Cutshall, president of ALSAM Foundation, said the Skaggs family had a ranch in Idaho and has been involved in agriculture for a long time. Along with agriculture, the Skaggs family emphasizes education, so the donation was a good fit, Cutshall said. Noelle Cockett, dean of the College of Agriculture and vice president for Extension and Agriculture, said the center is still looking for more donations and horse stalls can be named for a $10,000 donation.

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