Ruth Johnson Jenkins was born and raised in Brunswick County. She understands first-hand the challenges of growing up poor in a rural area. After years of Government service (DoD civilian), she and her husband Phillip, a retired Army Vietnam Veteran, now reside in Fairfax, Virginia. However, it had been their desire to invest in the community Ruth grew up in and provide an affordable, peaceful environment for folks to relax and enjoy the horses and surroundings.
In 2013, they purchased 60 acres of land in Bolivia, North Carolina, just down the road from Ruth's hometown of Southport. With the generous help of family and friends, they began to transform what was once a nursery into what Horseplay Farms is today. Providing services ranging from Junior Horsemanship Clubs, riding lessons, summer camps, and boarding, Horseplay Farms provides the ideal environment to love a horse, develop horsemanship, learn farm skills, and to invest in the lives of others (equine or human).
But we're not just horsin' around here! Horseplay Farms is the proud host of Brunswick County's nonprofit, Our Heroes, which seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals through the use of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Recreational Therapies, and Equine Activities.
Come visit us and see what's new! We are always working to improve our facility so we can continue to offer the best possible services to our horses and their owners.