Hopkins-Hubbard reaches Maple Park during cross-country journey
Photo: Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard (seated atop horse) is traveling across the United States on horseback to preach and promote a message of oneness between the citizens of the United States. His travels brought him to Maple Park on June 25, and he spent some time resting up at Promise Equestrian Center. Hopkins-Hubbard began his journey in Oregon, and he hopes to reach northern Virginia and the Atlantic Ocean by September. Photo by Natalie Juns
MAPLE PARK—Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard is traveling across the nation to preach and promote a message of oneness between the citizens of the United States.
Hopkins-Hubbard began his journey in eastern Oregon on April 5, and traveled through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa prior to reaching Promise Equestrian Center in Maple Park. Hopkins-Hubbard didn’t know anyone at Promise Equestrian, but the people there gladly welcomed him.
“We are honored to have him (Hopkins-Hubbard) here,” said Jerry Paulsen, co-founder and president of Boots and Hooves. “It’s nice that he’ll take the time to hang out with us. This really is the magic ranch for veterans.”
Hopkins-Hubbard is making his way to the Atlantic Ocean, on the north side of Virginia, by September to inspire and give hope to the people in this nation. He is traveling with two horses, a tool pack, a collapsible water bucket, cell phone holster, a Thunderbird saddle pack, one American flag in hand, among other essentials throughout his journey.
On his cowboy hat, he wears several pins that were given to him as gifts to wear on his ride across the country. A couple of them are an Afghanistan pin and paratrooper pin to remember the people who have served and are serving our country, and a feather from a rancher in Nebraska who feels under attack from the federal government, according to Hopkins-Hubbard.
“People are discouraged about the state of this country,” Hopkins-Hubbard said. “This is a time where we need hope and inspiration. We need to drop all the labels and remember who we are. We’re the strongest when we’re not fighting. That’s what I’m preaching.”
In order to reach the Atlantic Ocean by September, Hopkins-Hubbard travels 14 to 20 miles on horseback each day. He has stayed at fairgrounds, rodeos and pastures, and has always had permission to stay wherever he’s at.
Hopkins-Hubbard said that he is living every day by faith as he gets the American flag to the Atlantic Ocean. He doesn’t know where he will stay at night on a regular basis. Hopkins-Hubbard happened upon Promise Equestrian Center by chance and was offered the opportunity to stay with one of the Promise Equestrian volunteer’s family members for a few days last week while he rested up for the rest of his journey.
“This journey has been very honoring and humbling,” Hopkins-Hubbard said. “I received a lot of gifts and witnessed a lot of communities treat one another like family. It’s heartwarming to see the country work together. I’m fortunate to see the country and carry the flag.”