Halloween with the Horses, hosted by the West Virginia University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, is scheduled for 2- 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the J.W. Ruby Research Farm in Reedsville.
This popular community activity provides families and children with the opportunity to visit the farm and meet WVU’s teaching horses—plus, children receive tricks and treats in a fun and safe atmosphere.
The event is an opportunity to showcase the work of equine studies students and showcase the WVU teaching horses, according to Darcey Bennett, animal and nutritional sciences major and president of the student organization.
“Halloween with the Horses gives us the chance to show off our farm and provides children with an opportunity to interact with horses in a safe, family-friendly environment,” she said.
As during previous Halloween with the Horses events, the horses will be dressed in a variety of costumes and attendees are invited to dress in costume, as well. Prizes will be awarded for most original, scariest, funniest and best family costumes.
Local community groups that serve the area’s children and families will be on-site handing out tricks and treats. Treat bags will be prepackaged and given to children as they leave.
The event is free and open to the public; however, cash donations will be accepted with proceeds benefiting the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association Philanthropy Challenge recipient—the National Snaffle Bit Association Heroes on Horses program. Non-perishable food items also are welcome donations and will benefit the WVU student food pantry, The Rack.
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