MSU boasts one of the oldest continuous Arabian horse breeding programs in the United States. The primary mission of the HTRC is to educate the next generation of Michigan horse persons and solve industry problems through applied scientific research. It has always been the philosophy at MSU to maintain the highest quality livestock on our farms for those purposes. If students learn on average livestock then mediocrity soon becomes the acceptable norm.
The MSU Arabian breeding program began in the 1940’s with the W. K. Kellogg donation of the Arabian stallion Amidore. The importation of the Egyptian stallion *Ghalii in the ‘60’s and the purchase of the Crabbett mare *Silfretta (the 1956 champion yearling filly of England) set the standard for the breeding program which continues to this day.