Riders cross the bridge into Capella after their three-day trek.
Riders cross the bridge into Capella after their three-day trek.

84 riders go the distance

WITH plenty of thrills and a few spills, young and old took part in the Clermont to Capella horse ride to raise some much-needed funds for a high school chaplain.

Organiser Allan Kelly said the ride went “very well” and was a “great success”.

“I did go on the ride and at 41 I was by no means the oldest,” he said with a chuckle. “My two-and-a-half-year-old palomino paint would have been one of the youngest horses so we averaged out.”

Horses and people of all ages took part in the ride with the youngest rider three-year-old Jasper Cook and the oldest a lady over-50.

“We had people who have ridden all their lives to the opposite extreme of riders who were just about being taught as we rode - they were the sore ones,” Allan said. “We did have a couple of people come off but no one was hurt and all concerned saw the funny side of it very fast.”

Eighty-four riders took part in the event which was held from Thursday to Saturday, with Friday proving to be popular.

Not only was it a much-needed break in riding to ease the sore muscles but also a fun day with plenty of activities planned.

“On the fun day our numbers swelled to just under the hundred mark and all enjoyed the mock challenge and games that followed,” Allan said.

Another figure that has swelled beyond expectation is the amount of money raised on the ride.

“The money has started to come in and we are expecting to equal or beat the $7000 we made last year,” Allan said.

“This helps out not only with paying for the employment of a chaplain, it just as importantly shows the great support we have for chaplaincy in our area of Clermont and Capella.”


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