2015 Pink Ride

Kick Off in Carberry, August 14, 2015 finally arrived and so did the blistering heat.  Riders converged on the Agricultural Grounds in Carberry in the early afternoon and got to work setting up camp.  First order of business was getting the horses out of the heat and into the barn.  Due to temperature of 35 degrees we decided to cancel the parade around town and hung out in the one air conditioned camper until supper time.  After supper we enjoyed a short barrel racing competition.  As the evening cooled we were able to enjoy the great outdoors and visit, planning strategy for the next day.

Saturday, August 15 dawned cloudy, windy and wet!  We huddled in the barn waiting for the rain and lightening to pass and then we were off!  Nine horses and riders off on the first day of our 2015 ride! Turned out to be a beautiful day to ride.  The horses quickly got used to the semi trucks splashing through the puddles on the highway.  There were also many motorcycle riders off to somewhere to enjoy the day,  most of whom slowed right down and waved to us.  We were also greeted along the trail by Chief Francine, Swan Lake First Nations.

We arrived at the Forest Hills RV Campground around 3:00 pm.  Don arrived to help us get our horses to his farm where they would spend the night and Warren showed us where to camp.  We had great camping spots with power and water and only a short jaunt to the washrooms/showers.  We had just enough time after setting up to get cleaned up and get to Sand Hills Casino who hosted us for supper.  And what a great supper it was.  Here Heather was awarded the prize for Best Decorated Rider.  She won a beautiful black Stetson hat donated by rider Sue Rivers.  Supper, camping fees and horse board was all covered for us by Swan Lake First Nations.  Thank You so much for a wonderful stay with you.

Sunday August 16 we moved camp to Spruce Woods Equine Campground.  What a beautiful  setting we had to enjoy the next three days.  We enjoyed our time there so much that we decided to make it part of our 2016 ride as well, with a few added details to come later.  The wonderful ladies of Pay Acres, Bonnie and Hanah Payne and Danielle Keith,  graciously offered to pay the camp fees  for all Helping Hooves riders while we were there.  So very grateful to them for their generosity.  A great time was had by all riding the beautiful trails and sitting around our campfire and we can hardly wait to get back there!

Wednes day, August 19, after driving into town for a hot dog lunch in the park, we trailered to Dusty Mile Outfitters, tacked up and rode to Glenboro.  Again the day was beautiful and the sandy ditches were a pleasure to ride in.  We were surprised to discover that none of our horses were familiar with huge sunflower heads.  All of them did a double take and traveled for a ways along the field doing a sidepass.  We reached Glenboro in good time and had a photo op with Sarah the camel before heading to the campground.  We headed home in the morning for a short break before starting up again at Sandilands Provincial Park.

Monday August 24 five of us met up again at Sandilands Horse Park.  We had a few  glitches in our plan but thanks to Barb Fenwick and Myriam Dyck we were able to get everything worked out in short order and settled in for our first night back on the road.

Tuesday August 25 Lee-Anne Peloquin and Emma Funk arrived to lead the ladies along the sandy trail.  Was a beautiful day to spend with friends and horses!

Wednesday  August 26 we saddled up and headed to Marchand.  Seven ladies and their horses made the trek to town happily waving to all the gravel trucks who slowed down each and every time they passed us .  When we got to town we stopped at Marchand Inn for a photo op then off to the Rodeo Grounds to get our horses settled.  Supper was hosted by Tara and the crew at Marchand Inn.  There was a fantastic turnout for Wing Night and a great time was had by everyone.  We all decided to have a “spa night” and all stayed at the Inn instead of camping.  Showers and beds were very much appreciated.

Thursday August 27 we left Marchand and rode north along the back roads to Cyclone Gypsy Horse Ranch, owned and run by Karl and Cora Hohenberg.  After horses and campers were settled we were treated to a very delicious steak supper courtesy of Karls BBQ skills and Big Freight Systems .  Some of us hit the sack pretty early, some sat around the campfire until the wee hours.  Perfect end to a wonderful day.

Friday August 28 was FUN DAY.  The Hohenbergs had set up an awesome obstacle course in their outdoor arena and everyone had a blast playing in it.  Cora also brought William out to play with us so some had their first ride ever on a gypsy horse.  She also hitched him up and put on a small driving lesson.  It truly was a FUN day and hope to enjoy some time there again next year.

Saturday August 29, last day of the 2015 ride.  We staged from the gravel pits south of Richer.  Rick and Lee-Anne Peloquin came out to help everyone get ready and to help move rigs ahead.  Dan Guetre and Mark Lanoutte arrived with the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo wagon and led us to town, arriving at our final destination,  Richer Inn.  We had plenty of time to get cleaned up and head back to Richer Inn/Cat Sass Tavern where Kim and her crew hosted a Sud, Spud and Steak night.  Mac Guetre of Biochemix provided the tunes while we devoured our supper.  After cheque presentations we headed home to rest up for the next day.

Sunday, August 30 Sandy and I were up bright and early and headed to Morris for the Family Fun Gymkhana Day, hosted by Morris Multiples, Morris Stampede and Danielle Bruneau and Margery Duval.  We have a fantastic fun filled day in Morris with twenty three participants total for all events!  Danielle and Marg did a wonderful job organizing everyone and everything and we hope to be invited back again next year.

2015 was our best year to date for fundraising with a total over $11,000.00 raised by a multitude of events including the 2015 Pink Ride, Morris Family Fun Gymkhana Day, Losing Dans Hair, the Trina Campbell clinic, Remember Your Angel sales and jewelry sales.

As always a huge THANK YOU to Dan Guetre for all of our graphics and printing needs.  Once again Dan designed and printed all of our posters  and tickets and to Myriam Dyck for our website.   Dan and Myriam also provide much needed emotional support and encouragement during the planning stages of the ride and can always be relied on for help during the ride.  On days when Im stuck they happily provide a much needed kick in the butt to get me going again or a helping hand when required.

Pellet feed was provided for all horses for the entire ride by Landmark Feeds.  Bottled water for all riders for the entire ride was provided by Landmark feeds and Marchand Inn.  Many thanks to them  both for such thoughtful donations.

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