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Billionaire UT board member with Aggie ties gives millions to new equestrian center

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News, shelby, Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, children, April 2014
Jeff and Mindy Hildebrand and family members cut the ribbon at new Texas A&M equine center. Photo by Carol Sawyer
Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Center entrance
The Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Center at Texas A&M opened this week. Aggie Equestrian
Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Center 1 May 2014
The front door to one of the stables. Aggie Equestrian
Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Center team locker room May 2014
The equestrian team locker room, complete with seating and a video board for team meetings. Aggie Equestrian
Texas A&M horse equine center May 2014
Life is good at the brand new Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Center at Texas A&M. Aggie Equestrian
News, shelby, Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, children, April 2014
Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Center entrance
Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Center 1 May 2014
Texas A&M Hildebrand Equine Center team locker room May 2014
Texas A&M horse equine center May 2014

Not just any headquarters would do for one of the nation's leading college equestrian teams. So when billionaire Jeff Hildebrand and wife Mindy Hildebrand were considering a way to honor his father, Dr. Thomas Hildebrand, a 1956 graduate of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M, they focused on funding a world-class equine complex.

On Wednesday, the Hildebrands led ribbon cutting honors on the $32 million, state-of-the-art facility. The couple provided the lead gift for the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM '56 Equine Complex composed of an arena and barn facilities for the A&M women's equestrian team and a cross-country course for the A&M cross-country team, as well as classroom and office spaces for equine teaching, research and outreach.

The Hildebrand's daughter, Brittany Hildebrand, is a member of A&M's national championship equestrian team. 

While both Jeff and Mindy are University of Texas graduates and Jeff is on the UT board of regents, the gift to A&M, Mindy explained, was prompted by their love of horses and their desire to honor Thomas Hildebrand at his alma mater.

Joining the Hildebrand family on the special day were a number of friends from Houston including Julie and Keith Williams, Lynette and Mark Cone, Mike Plank, Marian Langston, Joe Mandola and Carol and Dr. Tom Sawyer.

It was a monumental day for Texas A&M as the ribbon cutting was preceded by a groundbreaking on the $120 million Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex, as reported in The Eagle.

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