650 two-wheel­ers join Chin­chilla trail ride

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

CHIN­CHILLA State School’s big­gest fundraiser of the year drew a plethora of trail ride en­thu­si­asts from across the re­gion on the week­end.

Trail ride co­or­di­na­tor Tr­ish Led­ding­ton-Hill hailed the an­nual event at the Bri­ga­low Recre­ational Grounds a ma­jor win for the school com­mu­nity.

“It was a huge suc­cess, it takes about three months to work out the money af­ter you do the bills and stuff, but it will be com­pa­ra­ble to pre­vi­ous years .... thou­sands and thou­sands of dol­lars,” Mrs Led­ding­ton-Hill said.

It wasn’t a record­break­ing num­ber of rid­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the two-day event, but Mrs Led­ding­ton-Hill said num­bers were per­fect from an or­gan­i­sa­tion per­spec­tive.

“We had about 650 rid­ers and had some amaz­ing feed­back. They were all very happy with the trail.

“It was a good ride, it’s not our big­gest but it’s a good size.

“His­tor­i­cally 600 rid­ers makes it very com­fort­able on the tracks and for ca­ter­ing, so it was a good num­ber.”

The event in­cluded a pee-wee track, novice track and open track to cater to rid­ers of all abil­i­ties.

Off the track, Mrs Led­ding­ton-Hill said the fundraiser wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the on­go­ing sup­port of the wider com­mu­nity.

“The ca­ter­ing was great by Base Camp, ev­ery­one loved the Satur­day night meal they did.

“The vol­un­teers were in­cred­i­ble and we are very thank­ful for all of the vol­un­teers that came out.”

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