Mar 9, 2010

Borrowing Freedom

by Cat Hewett

Author Helen Thomson once said, “In riding a horse we borrow freedom.”

Liberty students were given the chance to borrow freedom Saturday, March 6, when Student Activities sponsored a trip to Reba Farms.

The first bus left at 7:45 a.m. and by 9 a.m. the excited students exited the bus and walked toward the Saddle Soars Equitainment center where they were split into two groups.

After a short safety demonstration, the first group was paired with their horses and let loose to take in the outdoors.

“It’s just you and nature,” nursing student Hayley Price said. “I felt like a cowgirl.”

The ride took students up and around Sharp Top mountain.
“It was a lot of fun,” junior Lydia Kniowski said. “It was a good break. You get to think about something else and concentrate on something else.”

Kniowski and Price rode horses named Tatur and Sally. Other horses on the trip included Whiskey, Lightning, Hannah and Jubel.
The tired travelers returned to the stable and the second group left on their horses. The first group gathered around a bonfire and talked with one of the owners of Reba Farms Kathleen Donovan.
“We are going to be in our 14th year this year,” Donovan said.

Donovan told students about a trail-riders competition they would be holding over their 300 acres March 13 with the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA). Donovan said that 36 riders have already signed up for the competition.

“It’s a great reason to get out and ride and kind of know where you are at in your riding,” Donovan said.

Donovan chose to work with ACTHA because ACTHA donates money to horse charities and rescue missions.

“We chose Virginia Wild Horse Rescue Center (to get donations from our event),” Donovan said. “We partnered with them three years ago. They rescue the horses off of the beaches of North Carolina and Virignia.”

Reba Farms offers trail rides, camping trips, lessons and internships. Students also receive a discount. For more information, visit or call (540) 586-1906.

For more information on Student Activities trips, visit
“I definitely recommend it,” Kniowski said.

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