Sept. 12, 2012
RUSTON - Now a third of the way into the season, the Louisiana Tech soccer team took time away from the field last week to continue their community service projects by visiting Convenant Farm, a family owned and operated farm located about eight miles north of Ruston.
The farm is run by a mother/daughter team in Kathy and Gwen Swanbom who board, train and sell horses. Their goal is to provide both horses and riders with a solid foundation in classical dressage, along with show jumping.
Gwen is a Tech alumni and has a bachelor's degree in Equine Science from Louisiana Tech University.
The soccer team arrived at 7 a.m. and was immediately put to work `mucking out' the stables and helping to feed the 40 horses. During the day the team learned about what the owners do on a daily basis with the horses and how they train them.
"It was a great experience for the ladies being around such wonderful animals," said Kevin Sherry who has used service as a pillar and a staple for his teams throughout his six years as head coach at Louisiana Tech. "A lot of the team is from the city so this was a very unique experience and it is always good to give back to the community any way we can."
At the end of the day the team watched as the owners demonstrated their riding and jumping skills with the horses, and they showed us how they train young horses to get used to being around people and learning simple commands.
"It was fascinating to learn about how they train the horses and hear about their daily routine with regards to the upkeep of the horses," said Sherry. "I am proud of my team for agreeing to volunteer to help and I hope they learned some valuable lessons today with which to keep for the future. A big thank you to Kathy, Gwen and the others for letting us share their wonderful farm and learn about what they do."
The Lady Techsters will practice again tomorrow evening before playing at home Friday versus Jackson State at 4 p.m.