Channing and Elaine Hubbard purchased the farmland, now known as Shoal Creek Farm in 1978. Channing soon built his dream log home and moved his Hereford cattle from a 1.5-acre pasture in nearby Little River to the sprawling farmland of Shoal Creek. Channing Hubbard was also the property manager for the DuPont plant until his retirement in1991. Having managed the property when it was not open to the public it was always a tremendous pleasure to share the beautiful forest and waterfalls with plant visitors. For several years after his retirement he raised cattle until one day his granddaughter Olivia asked to keep a horse at her Grandpa’s. The rest, as they say, is history. And lucky for Olivia, she and her Grandpa share a tremendous love and respect for horses and the DuPont forest.
When Channing realized that horses were not a passing fancy for Olivia he decided to transform the farm from cattle to horses.
Olivia knew early on that “horses” would be her career. The desire to share her passion with others is what led her to seek the proper education to teach. In 2009 Olivia graduated with honors from Meredith Manor International Equestrian College in Waverly, West Virginia. At Meredith Manor she received the title of Riding Master III, was certified as a Riding Instructor and an Equine Massage Therapist. She also received “Excellence in the Barn” recognition and Outstanding Co-Barn Manager. In 2011 Olivia received an Associates in Equine Science from the University of West Virginia. Olivia’s goal is to teach proper riding techniques and skills in the students choice of either English or western disciplines. In addition to riding, she also wants students to learn proper horse care, grooming, tacking, horse anatomy, safety, and most of all a unique confidence found only in the presence of a horse.
Kyle, a local to Transylvania County has had a lifelong love for horses and the DuPont forest. Having the opportunity to attend a local horseback riding camp every summer from a young age Kyle has had a gift for riding and working with horses. When Kyle came to Shoal Creek Farm for a trail ride in 2012, it brought back his love for horse’s like he had at a young age and he never left. In 2013 he started working at Shoal Creek helping out taking care of all the horses and working alongside with Channing Hubbard on the property. Spring of 2013 Kyle took over the trail rides at Shoal Creek Farm into DuPont forest and enjoys being able to work with horses everyday.
Together, Channing, Kyle and Olivia operate Shoal Creek. Their intention is to maintain a comfortable boarding facility for horses with convenient access for owners to the DuPont Forest. While providing a comfortable learning environment for riding students, and guide horse and nature lovers through the pristine DuPont forest. We look forward to your visit.