Oregon man brings message of hope and inspiration on cross-country horseback ride
Sam Hoskins-Hubbard, 52, embarked on a horseback ride to the Atlantic Ocean for the One Nation Ride.
PLAINVIEW, NE (KTIV/US92) -
An Oregon man's horseback ride from coast to coast made a stop in Siouxland.
Sam Hopkins-Hubbard is as active as you can be in his town of Milton-Clearwater Oregon. He is a small business owner, captain of the fire department, and has a seat on the city council. The 52-year-old left all that behind in early April to embark on a horseback ride called One Nation Ride to the Atlantic Ocean, carrying with him a large American flag.
“People are losing hope and losing faith in our government and in our country," says Hopkins-Hubbard. "I want to bring hope and inspiration to the American people, carrying the flag across the country, and reminding people of who they are.”
Hopkins-Hubbard came up with the idea three years ago and says he had people questioning whether or not he really could make it all the way to the East Coast.Sam Hopkins-Hubbard, 52, embark on a horseback ride to the Atlantic Ocean for the One Nation Ride.
“People back home said, 'Well, how are you going to get across this country? Do you know people all the way?' and my answer is simply, 'Yes.' I have family in every town across this country. My brothers and sisters that are American citizens are good people. They are my family and I have been treated like family the whole way," says Hopkins-Hubbard.
Hopkins-Hubbard has already trekked through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nebraska, receiving a lot of hospitality along the way. His latest has come from Bob and Ann Demerath of Plainview, who say they never thought twice about welcoming him into their home.
“We have a belief in our household that people come into your lives for a reason and you are always suppose to learn something from them," says Ann Demerath. "Sometimes it's a great lesson, sometimes it's a lesson that makes you go, 'Oh man,' and sometimes it's a lesson that fills your heart. Most of the time it's lessons that fill up your heart.”
Hopkins-Hubbard still has a way to go before reaching the Atlantic Ocean, but he says he is taking it 20 miles at a time.
"I can get in the saddle and do 20 miles almost every day," says Hopkins-Hubbard. "An accumulation of 20 miles is going to put me to the Atlantic Ocean.
Hopkins-Hubbard will take his message through Sioux City and beyond. To find out more about the ride, visit onenationride.com.
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