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Nathelle & Lawrence DeHaan Equestrian Center

Nathelle and Lawrence DeHaan Equestrian Center

Nathelle DeHaan, a 1937 graduate of SDSU, provided the initial gift to build the equestrian facility. For nearly five decades, she and her late husband, Lawrence, played an active role in the local horse community, traveling to judge and show quarter horses.

Building Description

DeHaan died Jan. 24, 2011, at the age of 96, but not before she realized her dream of seeing the day when young women could attend college, compete at the highest level and create experiences and memories that last a lifetime.

Dedicated Oct. 15, 2008, the Nathelle and Lawrence DeHaan Equestrian Center more than tripled the team’s previous training facilities. At nearly 26,000 square feet, the $3.6 million climate-controlled facility features an indoor riding arena, 42 stalls with additional areas for grooming, washing and preparing the horses, as well as separate on-site work areas for veterinarians and farriers. The building also houses a team locker room equipped with a study area.

The additional space allows the team’s roster to potentially grow to 60 riders while continuing to offer the NCAA-maximum 15 full scholarships. The proximity of the Nathelle and Lawrence DeHaan Equestrian Center to the main SDSU campus makes it unique in the collegiate equestrian ranks.

Physical Address:

1800 Hwy. 14 Bypass
Brookings, SD 57006