November 02, 2017
The Alfa Equine Studies Classroom at Judson College was made possible through an Alfa Foundation donation. From left are Perry County Farmers Federation President Dan Robertson, Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan.
Historic Judson College in the heart of downtown Marion has served young women as an institution for higher education since 1838. On Nov. 2, donors dedicated the new King Instructional Facility for the school’s equine program to provide a brighter future for Judson and the surrounding community.
Named for donors from the family of Judson College founder General Edwin Davis King, the space has everything needed for equine science faculty and students. It includes stables, a locker room, a concession stand and the Alfa Equine Studies Classroom, made possible by a donation from the Alfa Foundation.
“So much of working with horses requires practical application, and now we are able to provide that here simply by walking out of the classroom and into the stables,” said Pamela Mitcham, equine science department head. “We count ourselves fortunate to work, learn and teach in such an incredible environment. I get really excited every time we have an event here, especially if we’re hosting folks who haven’t seen our facilities before.”
The new classroom sits between the King Instruction Facility, which houses 20 horses, and a covered arena. Judson Equine Club President Nicole Smith thanked donors for providing a first-class facility.
“Without this classroom and facility, the Judson Equine program would not be what it is today,” said Smith, a junior at Judson. “Now, we can become the educated horsewomen that our industry needs — leaders and educators, people who can help others and serve our surrounding community.”
Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said he’s proud the board of directors supported the effort, and he hopes it will be a place that prepares students for their lifelong vocations.
“Alfa Insurance, the Alabama Farmers Federation and Judson College were all built on similar values — strong faith and a commitment to serving those in rural areas,” said Parnell. “The equine industry has an economic impact of over $2 billion in Alabama, and we hope this new facility will equip Judson College students to to be an even bigger part of this thriving industry.”
The improvements are part of Judson College’s “Blessed Light” Campaign, which has a base goal of raising $13 million to strengthen the institution. Find out more about Judson College at www.judson.edu.