Horizon Distributors, Inc. has donated two new Jacobsen ECLIPSE walking greensmowers to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in Ft. Lauderdale.

Turfgrass universities like the University of Florida’s IFAS typically manage large turf plots that need to be maintained with the same professional equipment used on golf courses and sports fields. Not only do the donations take some of the financial burden of turf maintenance off the schools, it also gives students the opportunity to operate some of the most advanced pieces of turf equipment on the market today.

Jacobsen ECLIPSE walking and riding greensmowers are the only products to feature variable frequency-of-clip, onboard backlapping and a choice of either hybrid or battery drive. The advanced technology of ECLIPSE mowers allows turf managers to reduce the amount of stress on their turf, especially when mowing greens.

Horizon offers Jacobsen products through its four Florida locations, as well as in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. The donation is part of its ongoing commitment to provide students and landscape professionals with educational resources such as the Horizon Business Builder program and BizPro eSources online education and training content.

"We’re glad to join with Jacobsen to support the University of Florida’s IFAS and its students with this contribution," said Brian Frost, business development-golf, Horizon Southeast. "Horizon places a strong emphasis on offering educational opportunities in the industry, and this will enable students to apply their turfgrass management knowledge using the latest in technology from Jacobsen."