Claremore Daily Progress

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April 16, 2014

Former Claremore resident’s generosity aids construction of the new OSU Equine Center


Oklahoma State University students and Oklahoma horse enthusiasts will soon reap the benefits of a new state-of-the-art equine teaching center, thanks to Linda Cline’s passion for equine students and desire to honor her late husband.
Former Claremore resident Cline recently made a significant contribution toward construction of the multi-million-dollar OSU Charlie Cline Memorial Equine Teaching Center, which will replace the current animal science equine facility on campus. The current building was constructed in the 1980s and no longer lends itself to today’s “best teaching practices” encouraged by equine industry leaders. 
The new equine center will include a teaching barn with stalls for foaling mares, an indoor arena, classrooms, feed and tack rooms, a wash rack and treatment area. 
The center will also provide space for classes, clinics, 4-H programs and other outreach opportunities that serve Oklahoma’s expansive equine industry.
Mike Woods, interim vice president, dean and director of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, said the state-of-the-art facility will enable DASNR to better meet the growing demand for equine education.
Horses are popular in Oklahoma, with the state having nearly 270,000 head. As many as 50 percent of animal science freshmen choose horses as their primary interest, and approximately 7,000 Oklahoma youth are involved in equine programs through OSU Cooperative Extension programs, horse shows and judging competitions.
The Clines first became involved with the equine industry in 1985, when they bought a ranch west of Cushing, Okla., to retire on after the sale of their successful family-owned trucking business, Cherokee Lines, Inc. 
Soon after, Charlie Cline purchased 17 horses, and Char-Lin Ranch was born.
Char-Lin is well-known for the buckskin stallion CL Buckley, who earned the title of IBHA World Champion, ABRA World Champion and finalist at the AQHA Amateur World Show. CL Buckley has sired 23 Top-Ten placings at the AQHA World Shows and 141 of Char-Lin’s 212 World and Reserve World Champions.
Linda Cline said Char-Lin is not a hobby but a working ranch, though she and her husband thoroughly enjoyed what they did.
Neither of the Clines attended OSU, but they have built close ties to the animal science program and have always believed in helping students. Their daughter, Amy, earned her journalism degree from OSU.

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