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   Charles and Daisy Black settled their 268-acre farm outside of Chillicothe in 1950. In March 1946, the first Ohio University classes were offered in Chillicothe as part of an outreach and access initiative launched by former Ohio University President Baker. At the time, few could have guessed that the Blacks' legacy would become the lead gift in the Bicentennial Campaign benefiting Ohio University's Chillicothe Campus.

   The Blacks built a 20-stall horse Barn on their property in 1958. Mr. Black, who received his first horse at the age of six, and his late wife then spent nearly 60 years training gaited horses that were prized by equestrians and horse enthusiasts across the United States, In fact, Mr. Black attended nearly 50 horse shows and sales a year before his retirement. Through their hard work and commitment the Blacks built more than a farmó they contributed to the heritage of our community.
Mr. Black's generosity and commitment to this community has led to the establishment of the Charles and Daisy Black Equestrian Farm. This life estate gift to The Ohio University Foundation will benefit many people. The initial projected use of the farm is to offer equine studies courses to Ohio University students as well as programming for children with disabilities. The Equestrian Farm will be a lasting tribute to Mr. Black's life work as well as to his late wife Daisy's dedication to the welfare of children in our region.

The property donated by Mr. Black is located about eight miles southeast of Chillicothe, adjacent to Route 50. In addition to equine studies courses and special equine programming for children with disabilities, the facility may also be used for outdoor and equine programming for at-risk children, therapeutic riding, recreational purposes, outdoor biology and horticulture laboratories, environmental studies, and outdoor education courses.
Early in his career, Mr. Black worked with horses at the Kellogg Arabian Horse Farm and Warner Bros. Studios. As a soldier, he trained mules for pack trains going to India. He served in the U.S. Army for four years, including a stint with the First Calvary Quarter Master Remount in Fort Bliss, Texas. Born in Myra, West Virginia, Mr. Black has followed in the footsteps of his father, R. L. Black, who earned a living as a road contractor and horseman.

"Daisy and I discussed the idea of giving the farm to an educational institution many years ago, and we had decided that it was the right thing to do," says Black . "Helping children with disabilities was among my wife's favorite interests, so I am happy that Ohio University is committed to providing this type of programming at the farm."

Mr. Black's generous gift is part of Ohio University's Bicentennial Campaign, which raised $200 million for the University's 200th anniversary in 2004. The campaign provides money for scholarships, faculty support, technological enhancements, innovative programs, and selected capital improvements.

 

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