Fountain Inn, SC

A South Carolina couple turned a Fountain Inn rescue horse sanctuary into a magical unicorn farm

Kirsty Kendall

Kate Nichols ended up as an owner of a unicorn farm. She owns the Hidden Pasture Unicorn Farm in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

Nichols bought the farm five years ago. At the time, she only wanted a property with a guest house. It was not her intention to set up a unicorn farm or even a horse farm.

Nichols and her partner Rick DeBerry ended up rescuing more than 40 horses. At first, the couple saved miniature ponies. Then, they rescued a former carriage horse as well.

The horse rescue turned into a unicorn farm

The idea of a unicorn farm started when a miniature horse George was wearing a unicorn horn. When Nichols and DeBerry took George to Home Depot, a lady noticed the unicorn pony. She asked the owners how much it would cost if George could attend her child’s birthday party.

People started paying for visiting the unicorn farm and having unicorns participate in events. The money helps the couple pay for the care the rescue animals need.

According to Greenville News, even the food for the animals costs $2,500 a month.

Nichols makes all the unicorn horns by hand. Each unicorn has its own stall and a backstory.

On top of the horses, the farm is now home to all kinds of rescue animals: donkeys, goats, and rabbits.

People can visit the unicorn farm throughout the year for a small fee.

In the Christmas season, the farm hosts the Yuletide Unicorn Festival. Nichols arranged the first Yuletide Unicorn Festival in 2019. 2021 is the third year of the festival.

The Christmas festival allows visitors to enjoy a decorated winter wonderland with magical unicorns.

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