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The Gifford Foundation Pledges Financial Support for MSC Equine Rehab Center

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— The Gifford Foundation recently approved a $150,000 grant to the Morrisville College Foundation (MCF) for its planned Equine Rehabilitation and Physiology facility.

With more than 3,000 horses leaving thoroughbred racing each year, and more than 80,000 horses coming from the top levels of competition in 52 other equestrian sports, Morrisville State College (MSC), as a response to industry need, seeks to expand the capacity of its 302-student/400-horse operation to further the study of rehabilitation and physiology.

This project will offer horse owners across New York state and the Northeast with affordable and convenient access to aquatic and hyperbaric equine rehabilitation therapies. Eventually, MSC will offer the nation’s $102 billion horse industry an opportunity to employ students trained in a real-world laboratory setting who have graduated from the college’s planned bachelor of science degree in equine physiology, the first of its kind in the United States.

According to Kathy Goldfarb-Findling, executive director of The Gifford Foundation, “This grant represents The Gifford Foundation’s continued commitment to worthwhile projects in Madison County and we are especially pleased to support the innovative and entrepreneurial approach to education offered by MSC.”

James Hastie, MCF executive director, said, “The first time I walked into The Gifford Foundation’s board room and noticed the black and white picture of Rosamond Gifford with her horse, I admit I was optimistic, but now that one of the most well known philanthropic organizations in Central New York has made such a generous leadership gift to this project – I am truly grateful and hopeful that others supportive of economic development in Upstate New York will contribute to this campaign as well.”

Students and horses at the new facility will benefit from state-of-the-art equipment including an aquaciser, or underwater treadmill, a eurociser, the next generation of hot walker, which operates by computer and decreases resistance for the horses, a hyperbaric chamber which would enhance therapy programs by introducing oxygen into diseased or damaged areas; and a swimming pool, which would provide cross-training and a low impact means to recovery during post-operative care.

Stabling for an extra 80 horses and an endowed faculty chair and laboratory are also included in the college’s plans.

The college is in the process of raising funds to build the facility. To support the MCF’s Equine Rehabilitation and Physiology campaign or for more information, visit or call James Hastie, MCF executive director, at 315-684-6030.

Since 1954, the Gifford Foundation has been dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care. The Foundation is committed to using its financial and human resources to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance the vitality and the quality of life for the people of the CNY community.

Morrisville State College offers a bachelor of technology degree in equine science and two associate degrees in equine racing management and equine science and management. An Equine Breeding and Training Center, a 34,000 square-foot breeding and hunter/jumper facility, includes a breeding and foaling barn, hunter/jumper barn, stallion barn, a complete breeding laboratory, collection area, laptop classroom and three indoor riding arenas.

In addition to the Equine Breeding and Training Center, the college has an 80-acre Equine Center complete with paddocks, stables, three indoor riding arenas and the only half-mile harness racing track on a college campus in the nation. Additional stables include a draft horse barn with a covered round pen and runouts. MSC is also the only college to compete a six-in-hand draft hitch, which travels approximately 8,000 miles each year from Indiana to Massachusetts and Toronto to Ocala in order to promote the college’s equine programs. 

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts/education transfer, early childhood and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.