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Josh Campbell rides 2800 miles on horseback for Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue

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The cause is wonderful and the young man is heart and soul involved in it – he is riding to raise awareness of horse abuse and neglect - and this is an update of his progress as of Dec. 13, 2013. His journey will take him from Indiana all the way through to Roswell, New Mexico, a trek of roughly 2800 miles on horseback.

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The young man is Joshua Campbell, 23, from Elizabeth, Indiana. Campbell and his horse partner, Cojack, have been on the road since Nov. 7 and have undertaken the monumental task of bringing attention to the Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue in Indiana and all of the heart wrenching work the rescue does to help needy and abused horses.

The owner of Buck Creek Valley Animal Rescue, Richard Mills, has previously undertaken awareness rides. Campbell’s long journey to New Mexico is his own way of trying to raise awareness and donations for the rescue and to help the animals.

Campbell said,

In our small town, we’ve done pretty much everything we can do locally to raise money to help fund the rescue center.

He continued,

Our local citizens are very supportive of our efforts, but there is only so much one small community can do, so I decided to do something that would make people aware of our rescue center on a national level. The more attention we get, the more animals we can help, and that’s really the whole purpose.

While the occasional ridden horse can be seen in Franklin County and other locations, seeing one tied up at a Wal-Mart waiting patiently for his rider is an unusual sight. Campbell has been getting his fair share of stares and his 12-year-old Quarter horse Cojack loves the attention.

He is traveling with only minimal necessities such as clothes, food, supplies for Cojack, a bed roll and a tarp. Campbell is eating on the ride – usually beef jerky and beans. He sleeps at campsites or at the homes of kindly strangers who put him up for the night.

And, all the while, Campbell is doing this to raise money for a worthy cause, Buck Creek.

Campbell is a horse person since he was very young and he is enjoying his time with Cojack. There have been times that have been challenging and the weather is not always the best, but he is heartened by the overwhelming support of complete strangers along the way.

He is grateful for all the kindnesses and wonderful folks he has met. He said,

I love talking to people because that’s just one more chance I have to talk about our animal rescue and the importance of what Buck Creek is trying to do. ...

This young fellow is a class act who has his head together and truly believes in his cause. One cannot help but wish him complete and astounding success.

Campbell wishes with all his heart to make an important contribution to stop horse neglect. He said,

I want this to raise a lot of awareness and attention, but even if my journey gets just one more person to support Buck Creek or become more aware of horse abuse and neglect, I think I will have done my job.

People can follow Campbell’s journey on Facebook

Source: Franklin County Times

Please also read: Times Daily

View Campbell's video from the trip

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