Thursday, September 9, 2010

2nd Annual Fun In The Forest Trail Ride



Area Equestrians Gather To Raise Funds And Enjoy Local Trails

The 2nd Annual Fun In The Forest Trail Ride will be held on October 16, 2010 at the Silvermine Horse Campground in Natchaug State Forest in Eastford, Connecticut. Last year our trail ride was a huge success, sixteen riders raisied over $750 for First Descents and many riders are returning this year. This year we are adding an optional scavenger hunt for riders.

The trail ride is a benefit for First Descents (www.firstdescents.org). First Descents provides whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventure experiences to promote emotional, psychological and physical healing for young adults with cancer. I attended First Descents in 2009 and 2010. Both of my camps were at Glacier National Park in Montana. Stay tuned and I will blog about this year's camp. All donations to First Descents are tax deductible, and the money raised at the trail ride is used by First Descents to send young adult cancer survivors to camp.

Horseback riders from Connecticut and Massachusetts have already registered for this year’s ride. Each rider is asked to pay a $20 entry fee for adults and $10 for riders under age eighteen that goes directly to First Descents. Riders who fundraise for First Descents are also awarded prizes. Fun awards are given out to: youngest rider, longest distance traveled, first to register and top fundraisers. This year, awards will also be given out to scavenger hunt winners. Award donations have been received from: Equine Monitors, Long Riders Gear, Chaplin Farms, HorseLoverz, FarmVet, Riding Right, Slypner Gear and US Rider.

Equestrians interested in joining the fun on October 16th can contact Stacey Stearns at (860) 377-6314 or sfstearns@gmail.com

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