OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Meet Keara and Padraig.
This talented brother and sister duo are two participants at the Storybook Farm in Opelika and share a love for horses.
"Everybody is really nice and it's so much fun to ride the horses. This is where I learned to ride a horse," explains Storybook Farm participant, Keara Harris.
Keara, 13, has been coming to the Storybook for four years and riding has become another pastime added to her long list of hobbies.
This is 4th grader Padraig Harris' second year on the farm and just like his older sister, he too has a passion for Storybook.
"I like to ride the horses and the people are very nice here," says Padraig.
Storybook Farm has become a special place in the lives of families since their doors opened in 2002. It sends hope to those who struggle with physical, mental, social and emotional challenges through the love of horses.
One of Keara and Padraig's favorite things about Storybook are the holiday events they hold for the families every year on the farm.
"My favorite part about the Easter thing is how it is very Christian, that's my favorite part, but the candy is a close second," exclaims Keara.
The Harris family is grateful to the Storybook staff, knowing that they have helped Keara and Padraig temporarily forget about their troubles.
"It has been great for the kids, with Keara and Padraig, Keara especially. She has severe phobias with bugs especially. So when she comes out here and gets on the horses it's like the bugs don't exist," explains Keara and Padraig's father, Jason Harris.
Keara and Padraig are two more reasons WTVM is proud to join forces with Grand National and sponsor the Storybook Scramble on October 24 along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go to Storybook to continue their mission "Hope on Horseback" and provide equine assisted activities to children free of charge.
"Anybody that can participate, I highly recommend it. It will be a fun time, great golf course to play and a great cause," says Jason.
For more information on Storybook Farm and how to enter your own team for the Scramble, visit Storybookfarm.org.