Helping Hooves Manitoba

We are a group of horse loving people who are steppin' up and making a difference in the lives of Manitobans.

Helping Hooves Rides at Spruce Woods - August 14th - 20th 2016!

Camping, Riding and Enjoying Life while helping fellow Manitobans save theirs. We will spend the week camping and riding the beautiful trails of Spruce woods. Riders are asked to collect pledges in support of our chosen charity Helping Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer. 100% of all funds raised by riders goes directly to our Charity of Choice. Come for a day, a couple of days or the entire week. See our Facebook group for entry forms and more info!


The 2015 ride was a success!!  It took us from our Kickoff in Carberry, Manitoba on August 14 to our Trails End, once again in Richer Manitoba on Aug 29th.

For the fourth year in a row, we rode for Helping Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer. This group of dedicated and caring volunteers are committed to providing financial assistance to individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment and their families.

Want to get involved? You can ride for a day, a week, or join the whole ride! In 2011, forty-one riders stepped up and rode or drove the route to raise more than $35,000 for cancer patients.  If you’d like to ride with us please contact me, soon!

If you don’t ride, there are many other ways to get involved, such as attending one of the kick-off or wind-up events, or one of the many smaller events along the trail.

Other Events

Last year Dan Guetre, our major sponsor,  was coerced into putting his hair, beard and mustache on the line to raise funds for us.  It was finally decided that he would cut his hair if we raised $100.00.  His only demand besides the funds raised that his hair be donated for making wigs.  No brainer, agreed!  The we convinced him that if he was going that far we should up the ante.  We wanted his head shaved bald.  He agreed IF we raised $250.00.  Then we went for the big prize.  Facial hair.  There was much hemming and hawing but he finally conceded. This time we had to raise $500.00.  So the challenge was on.

It took no time at all to get our first donation.  Dan's mom, Sarah Marsh, quickly logged with a donation for  the entire $100.00 to cut the hair.  Within a couple of weeks we had the $250.00 to shave his head.  The rest trickled in over the month leading up to the rodeo.  Our deadline was 1:00pm August 8.  The money had to be raised by the Richer Roughstock Rodeo.   As we got nearer to the date Dan was getting a little cocky thinking we would never make our goal in time.  The morning of the 8th we were still $110.00 short.  As I was setting up my booth that morning a very nice gentleman sauntered over and slapped a $100.00 bill down on my table.  In the next few hours more donators dropped by and by the deadline we had raised $680.00!

True to his word, Dan arrived at the chosen spot in the Trading Post, albeit a little late and sat down to lose his hair, his beard and his long time “friend” the mustache.  With much grace and dignity (and much whining ) Dan turned himself over to the capable hands of Pam Glover, in charge of removing the hair, Marianne Curtis, in charge of facial hair removal and Myriam Dyck, overgrown eyebrow trimmer.

Thanks Dan for being such a good sport and making the whole experience much fun.  Thank you to our many supporters who helped us reach and exceed our goal.  A great time was had by all, including all the spectators who showed up to cheer us on.

Now, any challenger for next year?


Throughout the year we have been selling handmade jewelry online and at various events.  One such event was the Trina Campbell Horsemanship clinic in May, host by Gail and Neil Cornock (Murdock Stables) and Sabrina Kirdie with Trina Campbell.  Numerous talented riders donated portions of their sales for the weekend while our hosts donated all auditing fees.  We also ran a Silent Auction aided by the lovely ladies of Helpng Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer.

We will also have a sales and information booth set up once again at the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo on August 7th to 9th.  We are easy to find at the Trading Post, just look for PINK!

If you’d like to donate click on the Donation tab and hit the button.  You can mark your donation either for Losing Dan’s Locks or Pledge to a Rider.  Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.00 but any amount is gratefully accepted.

Past Event Highlights

Starting May 4, 2014 from Ninette Manitoba, Pam Glover and Sandy Schmidt hit the PINK TRAIL again, raising funds for Manitobas breast cancer patients who require financial assistance while undergoing treatment.

They rode from Ninette, Manitoba to Richer Manitoba.  161 miles in 16 days!  YeeeeHaw!

Helping Hooves Manitoba presenting a cheque for $6000 to Val Poole - President Helping Hands Manitoba, funds raised during our 2014 season. Most of the funds were raised during our 2014 Helping Hooves Pink Adventure Trail Ride which took place in May. Riders rode from Ninette, Manitoba to Richer, Manitoba. Additional funds were raised during Richer Rough Stock Rodeo, Richer Manitoba in August. A Huge Thank You to all of our riders, volunteers, sponsors and hosts along our Pink Trail and to everyone who bought our jewellery and silent auction tickets and donated at the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo.

Helping Hooves ManitobaIn 2012, Helping Hooves Manitoba hosted five fundraising events with individual trail rides, flea markets and fun days, and donated almost $6,000 to Helping Hands For Manitobans With Breast Cancer. This organization supports breast cancer patients with out-of-pocket expens

We're riding across Manitoba to raise awareness and secure donations for Helping Hands and the wonderful work they do in Manitoba.

You can help too! There are many wants to get involved, such as attending a trail ride, donating hamburgers and hot dogs to our BBQs or partnering with us as a sponsor.

Our hoof prints won’t fade from the lives we touch!