Brian and Joy Miller of New Horizon Ranch in Rantoul, will be honored for community service next week by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2018.

For many years, the Millers and their staff have impacted the lives of individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, social, emotional and learning disabilities.

After graduation from MidAmerica Nazarene University with degrees in Agribusiness, the Millers turned their love of horses and desire to impact people’s lives through therapeutic horseback riding into the nonprofit, New Horizon Ranch, in 2006.

The type of programs offered have increased in the 12 years since they started. They now offer various kinds of life-changing therapeutic riding, equine assisted psychotherapy, and summer camp programs.

“We are blessed that God has given us the opportunity to make an impact in our community and couldn’t have accomplished any of this without Him, or a supportive community, incredible donors and volunteers and amazing staff, both two and four legged,” Joy Miller said. “We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition by the Huck Boyd Institute.”

In addition to the Millers’ award, other individuals will be honored for agriculture, business development, community service, entrepreneurship, retail development and tourism at a luncheon in Manhattan on Feb, 28.

“These Kansans should be commended for their innovative ideas and service to rural communities,” said Dan Caffrey of Marysville, chair of the board of directors of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.

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