The Miller's farm came equipped with a lovely arena for riding, but in ministry, Risen Ridge felt that the addition of a roundpen would be an invaluable tool. After choosing a suitable location, adding a roundpen would require extensive excavation, the addition of suitable footing, the roundpen walls, and fencing around the roundpen since the location is in the pasture. Early last spring, a dear friend of ours felt led to help. He owns a bulldozer and had it delivered to the farm to begin excavation. Over the next month or so, he worked very hard to carve out a 60" diameter circle on the hillside. He is a lifelong farmer, so crops called him to his livelihood. We did not have the funding to move forward with hiring people to do the work, so the roundpen was put on hold for the summer. After the Roundup event in September, the board determined that we indeed had the funds to move forward with the construction of the roundpen. Local excavator Bobby Eavers of H.C. Eavers came to put the finishing touches on the excavating and make it ready to have the footing installed. Good's Services of Harrisonburg brought in our footing and even donated a portion of the estimate. We have use of a fence panel roundpen already lined up (Praise God and big thanks to Christy Wood!). We hope to have it brought to the farm and put up in the next couple of weeks. Below are some photos of the progress thus far. In the spring, we will landscape a bit and plant grass on the slope. We can't wait to begin working with the horses in the roundpen. It will be a vital part of their training (and ours, too!).
While we know that even though we can make plans all day long, it is our Heavenly Father who determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9), it is important that we keep moving forward with minds and hearts tuned into God's plan and with a willingness to change course as He leads. That being said, we have come up with a timeline to when we believe we'll start serving the community. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions. This journey and this ministry are not ours to hold, it is for us to share.
Dominion Outdoors, Fishersville
In the month of December, Dominion Outdoors is featuring Risen Ridge Ministry as their roundup recipient! When you make a purchase at Dominion Outdoors, simply round the purchase price up to the nearest dollar and the extra goes to Risen Ridge! We are so blessed by our relationship with Dominion Outdoors!