The $652,500 center was funded with $100,000 in severance tax money and $500,000 from a statewide educational bond issue. The remaining funding came from private donations and college funds.
The facility will support competitive riders, equine science students and beginners taking riding classes to fulfill physical education requirements. NM State offers a minor in horse management, with classes in introductory horse science, horse evaluation, horse production, fitting and selling, applied horsemanship, stable management and Western and English equitation.
In May of 2008 the NM State Equestrian team open their new 10 Stall Horse Barn. The barn is a 60-foot by 64-foot structure with ten horse stalls each measuring 12-foot by 24-foot. The barn is also fully matted and houses the Aggie Equestrian team's competition horses.