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Ribbon cutting marks start of stable tours

October 18, 2015

The Stephens College Equestrian Center on Friday hosted a Columbia Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting celebrating the first-ever Boone County Stables Tour.

The Saturday tour allowed residents to explore the center, along with four other stables, around the county.

The event was a fundraising effort for the Boone County Historical Society and also served to educate citizens about the area’s equine history.

It’s the only stable tour of its kind in the country, and organizers hope to make it an annual event, said Chris Campbell, executive director of the historical society.

On Friday, Stephens faculty and students welcomed Campbell, Chamber ambassadors and representatives from the Missouri Horse Shows Association to campus to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We’re so thrilled to be part of this and to share our rich history of equestrian programming here at Stephens,” said Sara Linde Patel, program coordinator and hunter/jumper instructor.

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