Monday, February 14, 2011

2nd Annual Benefit Trail Ride Being Planned!

Area Equestrians Gather To Raise Funds And Enjoy Local Farm

The 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Trail Ride will be June 18, 2011 at Fort Hill Farms ( in Thompson, Connecticut. The ride is held every spring and fall to benefit First Descents and the previous three rides have risen over $2,300.

The trail ride is a benefit for First Descents ( First Descents provides whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventure experiences to promote emotional, psychological and physical healing for young adults with cancer. Trail rider organizer, Stacey Stearns of Mansfield, participated in two of First Descents’ camps. All donations to First Descents are tax deductible, and the money raised at the trail ride will be used by First Descents to send a young adult cancer survivor to camp.

Picturesque Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, Connecticut is a destination for people wanting to experience the pleasures of agricultural life and the outdoors. Owners Peter and Kristin Orr offer visitors many options, including a creamery, Quintessential Gardens and a Discovery Barnyard. Equestrians on the Summer Solstice Trail Ride will ride a designated trail around fields on the farm and on the farm’s carriage roads.

Horseback riders from Connecticut and Massachusetts are already planning to attend this year’s ride. The benefit trail rides always have great sponsorship from the equine community and offer riders the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, just for attending the ride.

Equestrians interested in joining the fun in 2011 can contact Stacey Stearns at (860) 377-6314 or

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