Faith Evans is a true believer and loves horses, but she’s never ridden one herself.
Her husband, Matthew, was an avid horse rider and the pair were in the process of buying a horse to ride around the ranch in Oregon.
“When we decided to buy a horse, we had to find a way to keep the price down,” she says.
Faith started her first ride when she was 12 years old.
“It’s just so sweet and simple.
It’s just one horse that will run right along, it’s just like riding a bike.
We didn’t know if it was going to be a good horse or not, so we decided it was the right one.”
Faith had been working on her first horse when she came across the idea of a horse that could run right through the mud, but the idea quickly turned into a dream come true.
“We have this idea of being able to make it through the worst of it and have fun and do it right,” she explains.
“I just want to ride a horse in the mud.
It was such a dream.”
For the first six years, the couple kept Faith in a stable with a horse trailer and a trailer park.
“As the years went by, we kept getting more and more involved with the horses,” Faith says.
“At the end of the day, I wanted to be able to be independent, and have my own horse.”
One day in 2009, the idea struck Faith and Matthew.
They decided to try and build a trailer and start renting it out to other families, so they could keep the horses in a barn.
Faith took her first family of three on a ride, and the family is now able to maintain their stable while they try to build their dream horse.
Faith’s family is one of many in the Oregon-based nonprofit organization Faith Hill Children’s Rides.
The nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2010 by the parents of Faith Evans, works to raise funds for children who live in foster care and provide opportunities for them to have a life outside of foster care.
The organization receives about $40,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Faith and her husband are both part of the organization.
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