Bush ride to grow

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

THE Moore River re­gion pro­vided a pic­turesque back­drop for Wan­neroo Horse and Pony Club’s in­au­gu­ral Great Bush Ride re­cently.

The two-day ad­ven­ture saw more than 20 riders, aged eight to over 50, and their horses head­ing north along the banks of the Moore River and sur­round­ing scenic farm­land, to re­trace a por­tion of the Old North Stock Route.

The first day’s ride cul­mi­nated with the horses set­tled in cat­tle yards, sto­ry­telling around the camp­fire and sleep­ing in the shear­ing shed.

“We strive to cre­ate a sense of ca­ma­raderie in our club and this ride saw many friend­ships de­velop,” pres­i­dent Mike Agnew said.

“We hope the Great Bush Ride will be a point-of-dif­fer­ence into the fu­ture, as we grow and de­velop the di­ver­sity of our ac­tiv­i­ties and the so­cial side of our club.

“We in­tend to grow this par­tic­u­lar ride into about a five-day event in the fu­ture, held dur­ing the school hol­i­days, along with adding a few shorter bush rides through­out the year in dif­fer­ent places.”

Mem­ber Hall Lock­wood said she en­joyed the ride. “The wild­flow­ers were amaz­ing, all riders braved the river cross­ings and we saw quite a few kan­ga­roos along the way,” she said.

The club en­listed the help of Denise Kowald from 1800 Trail Rides to nav­i­gate the river area.

The club plans to have more Great Bush Rides along the Moore River in au­tumn and spring next year. Call Ar­lene Lock­wood on 0407 557 996 or email ar­lock­wood@ iprimus.com.au for more de­tails.

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