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night view of WVU equestrian center and new outdoor arena; photo credit Manheim

The West Virginia University JW Ruby Research Farm and Hazel Ruby McQuain Equine Education and Resource Center is located off of the Kingwood Pike in Reedsville, Preston County, WV. The farm is operated by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design and the equine studies program. The 900+ acre farm is home to the horse unit, beef unit, acres of forage production, and plays host to equine and other community events. 

The farm has a storied history as a horse farm. Owned by JW Ruby, it was home to prized Quarter Horses, Saddlebreds, and Standardbreds in the 1970s. From the time WVU took over ownership until 2009 the farm was primarily used for beef cattle production and grazing research. In 2009 with the original 44 stall training barn and a newly constructed indoor riding arena, horses returned to the property and it has been home to our horse unit ever since. Hands-on horsemanship courses are taught at the farm throughout the week, and the facility is rented out to horse organizations and community groups on the weekends for horse shows, tractor shows, dog agility trials, and more! 

The farm completed Phase I of an exciting redevelopment in 2018 as a result of a $6.7 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust. Phase I construction included a new multipurpose building with portable stalls, a new outdoor arena, and an educational center with classroom, lab, office, and living space for student interns. To learn more about the redevelopment of the farm visit: