Realtor applauded for saving horses

Sheila P. Miles, a real estate agent with Long & Foster realtors New River Valley office was honored with the 2012 Good Neighbor Award from the New River Valley Association of Realtors on Dec. 6. She received the award in recognition of her hard work and devotion to a horse rescue program, Winterfrost Farm, owned by her daughter.

Miles has always had a passion for helping horses that no one else wanted and instilled this in her daughter Reagan. From this passion came Winterfrost Farm and the program known as Ride-a-Rescue, which leads trail rides on rescue horses that have been nurtured back to health.

Sheila Miles (far left) leads a trail ride at Winterfrost Farms near Radford. Submitted Photo.

The program is designed to be a community activity that is fun and helpful at the same time. Not only do participants get to go out on trail rides, those rides also give a horse that once had no future, a future and a job.

The funds generated from the trail rides are then turned around and used for the care of the rescue horses including pasture and barn rental fees, vet bills, equipment and feed.

Miles’ participation and contributions include giving riding demonstrations, leading trail rides, caring for equipment, feeding, putting up hay, fixing fences, administering medicine as needed, cleaning barns, hauling horses, and anything else that needs to be done.

In addition to the countless hours Miles devotes to rescue horses, she also participates in the annual Long & Foster United Way Campaign, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Long & Foster Annual Community Service Days, supply and food drives and is active in her church.

“Sheila is very deserving of this award because she is always quick to lend a hand, her strong back and/or offer up a prayer for family, friends, and animals in need. She is dependable, kind and extremely loving,” said Long & Foster staff member Stephanie Slocum.