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WVU student organization to host “Halloween with the Horses”

Several WVU teaching horses at the J.W. Ruby Research Farm

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With Halloween just around the corner, members of the West Virginia University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association are organizing a spooktacular new community event.

The student organization will host Halloween with the Horses from 5-7 p.m. Sun, Oct. 29, at the J.W. Ruby Research farm in Reedsville, West Virginia.

The unique event will give families and children the opportunity to visit the farm, meet WVU’s teaching herd and trick-or-treat in a fun and safe atmosphere.

The best part?

The horses will be dressed in costume.

“Students are busy designing and making superhero, cartoon, sports and spooky costumes for our horses and planning fun activities for the kids,” said Crystal Smith, teaching associate professor and advisor for the student organization.

Parents of the students and friends of the equine studies program are also getting involved – making it a true community event.

“Community involvement is very important to our student organization,” said Rachel Parrish, president of the association. “We’re excited to introduce local children to the WVU horses and hope this new trick-or-treating experience will be something they always remember. We are confident they’ll love the horses as much as we do.”

Thanks to a $6.7 million gift to WVU from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust, the equine educational facility at the J.W. Ruby Research Farm are currently being transformed into a new, modern teaching, research and extension center.

“As we finish the first phase of construction on the Hazel Ruby McQuain Equine Education and Resource Center, we look forward to hosting more community events at the farm to introduce children and their families to our horses, and foster their love of animal agriculture,” Smith said.

The J.W. Ruby Research Farm is located less than five minutes northwest of Reedsville, and 20 minutes southeast of Morgantown. Directions to the farm can be found at

Halloween with the Horses is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Manheim Corporation.



CONTACT: Lindsay Willey; WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 304.293.2381;