View from the back of the B.W. Pickett Equine Center

About the Center

The hub of the Equine Sciences Program at Colorado State is the Equine Teaching & Research Center (ETRC). The ETRC is located west of the main campus, adjacent to the foothills. B.W. Pickett Arena, a $5.2 million facility, has a football field-sized indoor arena equipped with seating for 2,000 spectators, concession stands, ticket booths, faculty offices, a multimedia classroom, outdoor arena, round-pens, sheds and paddocks.

The Center is adjacent to the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, where research work is conducted in mare and stallion management. Procedures include artificial insemination, transported, cooled and frozen spermatozoa, hormonal therapy, and embryo transfer and manipulation. The close proximity of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory allows for mutual use of equipment, personnel, classrooms and laboratory space.

Located at the base of the foothills, the Equine Center has access to miles of trails in nearby Lory State Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Roosevelt National Forest. Colorado State’s ETRC is available for public use when not required for teaching or research purposes. The facility can accommodate horse shows, rodeos, dressage competitions, polo matches, livestock shows, judging contests and seminars.

Arenas, Barns and Rooms

B.W. Pickett Arena
B.W. Pickett Arena Fee – $1,298 per day

View from the bleachers of the B.W. Pickett Arena.The B.W. Pickett Equine Center includes a heated 150’ x 300’ indoor arena complete with the following: seating for 2,000 spectators, concession stands, ticket booths, restrooms, show office, and an announcer’s booth with sound system. The B.W. Pickett Arena is a multi-functional facility that has played host to a variety of events including: Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, Skyline Stampede Collegiate Rodeo, Greg Best Jumping Clinic, and Fort Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover.

Adams-Atkinson Arena
Adams-Atkinson Arena Fee – $300 per day | Outdoor Arena Fee – $75 per day | Livestock/Cattle Pen Fee – $300 per day

Inside view of the Adams Atkinson ArenaThe Adams-Atkinson Arena is an additional indoor arena with 36 box stalls, offices, a veterinary treatment area, tack and storage rooms, wash and grooming racks, farrier stations, and a classroom with arena viewing area. Adams-Atkinson has been used for a variety of events including a dinner on the arena floor, an art show utilizing the stalls, and a logging competition. It also houses the young horses for the annual Legends of Ranching Sale.

Legends of Ranching Barn
Legends of Ranching Barn Fee – $100 per day | 12’x12′ Barn Stall Fee – $20 per day | Outdoor Pen Fee – $10 per day | Round Pen Fee – $30 per pen per event | Concession Stand Fee – $60 per day

Inside view of the Legends of Ranching BarnThe Legends of Ranching Barn is our newest addition to the facility and includes a beautiful barn equipped with 30 stalls, a small lab space, wash rack, scale and equipment storage.

Conference Room and Classroom
Adams-Atkinson Classroom Fee – $25 per day | B.W. Pickett Classroom – $25 per day

View of the B.W. Pickett classroomCompleted in the summer of 2008 the newly renovated conference room and classroom are located in the same building as the B.W. Pickett Arena. The conference room is furnished with a large conference table and flat screen TV and equipped with wireless internet. The classroom hosts various student club meetings such as the Rodeo & Polo Clubs and Collegiate Horsemen’s Association. This room is furnished with TV and wireless internet and showcases our many awards.

Facility Rental

Facilities are open to the public from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during events. Additional hours need to be scheduled prior to the event and additional charges may apply. Rental prices include cleaning of facilities prior to use, with restrooms stocked with supplies. Arenas will be worked prior to the start of each event day. Additional workings during the day need to be scheduled prior to the event if possible and if restrooms will need to be restocked additional charges will apply. An ETRC staff member will be on call from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily during the event if additional arena maintenance or facility assistance is needed.

For those renting stalls; all bedding, feed and water buckets need to be supplied by horse owner. Disposal and stall cleaning equipment are available onsite.

As a reminder, horses traveling across state borders are required to have a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) and a negative coggins test for Equine Infectious Anemia. The state of Colorado requires a brand inspection for all horses being transported over 75 miles within the boundaries of Colorado. Visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture website for more information. All vendors need proof of liability insurance (minimum $1 million coverage). Please call (970) 491-8373 with facilities rental inquiries.

Take a Tour

Tours of the B.W. Pickett Equine Center are offered by appointment only. The tour includes a walk around the facilities, history of CSU Equine Sciences, an overview of the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities in the undergraduate program. Tours generally last one hour. To schedule a tour today please call (970) 491-8463 or (970) 491-8373. Please note, we will not have tours available on the following days(s): weekends, holidays or mornings.

Directions to Center

Directions from Denver International Airport
DIA is located approximately 75 miles from Fort Collins. Allow for a 1.5 to 2 hour drive. Start out on Pena Blvd and continue to the Fort Collins/E470 toll way exit. Proceed on E470 (you will have to pay toll fees that will be billed to the address associated with your license plate number). E470 connects with I-25 after approximately 15 miles. Continue on I-25 N for 42 miles to Fort Collins and take Exit #269B – Hwy 14/Mulberry St. Continue following Mulberry St. west for 7 miles. Mulberry will deadend at Overland Trail. Turn left onto Overland Trail and continue for 0.2 miles. Mapquest Directions Available

Directions from Colorado State University Main Campus
CSU Equine Sciences is located at the Foothills Campus approximately 3 miles from the main part of campus. Plan for approximately 10 minutes driving time. Drive west on Mulberry St. (College Ave. and Shields St. are the major roads intersecting into Mulberry by campus). When Mulberry deadends at Overland Trail, turn left and continue for 0.2 miles. Mapquest Directions Available