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Samuel Wise is an owner/partner of Wild Horse Adventure Tours in Corolla

Can you describe your business?

Wild Horse Adventure Tours provides a 2-hour tour that takes you into the 4-wheel drive area of the Currituck Outer Banks (also known as Carova Beach) where beautiful Colonial Spanish Mustangs have roamed freely for over 500 years. These are the only known type of horses that still exist from that era. Our professional tour guides are trained to give you all kinds of information about the herd as well as the history of this area. You can sit back and relax in the stadium seating of our H-1 Hummers for the most comfortable ride you can get in this terrain.

Talk about why you made the decision to start your own business.

I worked in the corporate retail grocery business for 24 years as a manager responsible for a $24 million a year operation with 300 plus employees. It was always my dream to have my own business. I’ve vacationed in the OBX since the mid 1960s. In 2004, we decided to pick up our roots and move to this area to start a new life and business. I have since operated and sold two businesses here in the OBX and I am settled in with my final business heading into retirement.

Why do you do what you do?

I love working with people. I love watching my associates grow and enhance their lives. I am so blessed to have a wife that has stood with me during the good and bad times of our business ownerships. Every day is a learning experience in one way or another and at the end of the day, I love being satisfied with what I have accomplished that day.

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Why did you choose Currituck?

Currituck County reminded us of our home state of Pennsylvania and being close to water and wildlife. I have always been an avid hunter and fisherman and Currituck offers both.

What are the biggest challenges?

Every business owner will tell you that for a seasonal, tourism-driven area, employees and housing are the biggest issues. Steady, year-round employment is only a small percentage of our employment, which doesn’t allow folks to have a year-round pay check. It’s hard to raise a family in those circumstances.

What are the biggest rewards?

Owning and operating a business that puts so many smiles on the faces of our paying customers. We have so many returning visitors who come back to enjoy what we offer. We are also blessed that many of our employees return year after year.

What sets you apart from other similar businesses?

We strive to have the BEST equipment for our customers. We use customized H-1 Hummers with stadium bucket seating. Our tour guides go through a very serious training program that allows them to become the best tour guides available. We have close to 10,000 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor. That pretty much speaks for itself.

Any advice for someone starting a business in Currituck County?

Talk to other business owners. Ask questions. Most of us will take the time and speak with you.


Contact Info

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

610 Currituck Clubhouse Drive
Corolla, NC


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