1940's photo of the Animal Science
The Department of Animal Science Horse Barn has been
a mainstay of the University of California, Davis
since its foundation in the early 1910s. The Horse
Barn began as a carriage house for draft horses and
mules used in agricultural work for the university.
It later became a remount station for the US Army,
standing several stallions including the
thoroughbred stallion Gunrock, son of Rock Sand and
relative to the famed Man O'War. He started as the
mascot for the men's basketball team in 1924 and
later served as the official mascot for the
1920's photo of Gunrock
The barn also served as a successful Thoroughbred
breeding operation from the 1930s through the 1960s.
It has, recently, become a promising performance
horse breeding operation producing quality
quarter horses, mules, and warmbloods. The Percheron draft
horses have even returned to the barn. Please
watch our video that was aired on Horse Racing
Television and featured on the Bloodhorse.
Horse Barn Video
The Horse Barn strives to educate its students about
all aspects of equine reproduction and management
via hands-on experience. Today, the barn houses
three AQHA stallions, a Selle Francais stallion, and a
world champion Mammoth Jack. These stallions are
offered to the public and all proceeds directly
benefit the equine education program. Tours
are available by appointment and we are open Monday
through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.