Rhiannon Beauregard and Yomen stop near the UNH sign on Main Street during a campus horseback tour.
Thompson Hall has had its share of visitors throughout the years but it’s likely that it’s been a long time since any of them arrived on horseback.
Rhiannon Beauregard and Jeremiah Bixby did just that recently as part of a photo tour they were taking of campus. Beauregard was riding her horse Yomen and Bixby was on Snowy, a horse used in UNH’s equine program and therapeutic riding program.
The pair rode around campus taking photos of various UNH landmarks and talking with people along the way. Beauregard is Cooperative Extension’s 4-H animal and agricultural science education program coordinator and Bixby ’00 is the lead farm worker for UNH’s equine program and a 4-H volunteer.
“I figured I should know more about the campus, and what better way to see it than from the best view possible, up on a horse,” said Beauregard, who started in her job about 10 months ago. “It really became evident what a special place UNH is.”
Within a few minutes, they went from their horses rubbing noses with cows at the cow barns to the cross-country course with its scenic views of the Durham Reservoir to stopping by a bus stop to visiting T-Hall.
“As we were riding around, we realized that we were raising awareness about 4-H, the equine program, and the horse barn,” Beauregard said. “Along the way we documented how cool UNH is for potential students.”
Yomen nuzzles a cow while visiting the cow barns.
That documentation included taking pictures that she will share with 4-H youth to get them excited about UNH; “speaking to 4-H youth about UNH and why it is a great university to go to is part of my job,” Beauregard said.
Everywhere they went, the horses were conversation starters. Bixby noted that the more people they talked to, the more they found those with backgrounds in 4-H, or with horses, who wanted to share their experiences.
“We had no idea we would receive such a response. The horses were a huge hit, and we can’t wait to do it again,” Beauregard said. “UNH’s agricultural roots are very important to 4-H and the campus and it seemed that everyone was excited to have us out and about talking about that.”