Rum­sey Ride re­turns for 27th year

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail Rob Rich­mond file­photo

A tra­di­tion that now spans gen­er­a­tions, the Rum­sey Ride for STARS is back for its 27th year.

The an­nual ride, put on by the Rum­sey Ag So­ci­ety, is the long­est run­ning vol­un­teer based STARS Air Am­bu­lance fundraiser. While many fundrais­ers hit a wall, with all kinds of is­sues, such as vol­un­teer burn out or loss of in­ter­est, while it has ups and downs, it bucks the trend.

“Last year we had a good year, but the year be­fore was the 25th an­niver­sary and it was huge, we raised $60,000. Last year we still did $40,000 which is solid,” said Rob Rich­mond who has been busy get­ting the word out for the ride. “You never know what to ex­pect but last year the rid­er­ship was up. There were about 165 rid­ers last year.”

He rec­og­nizes that this year could be tougher to raise funds with the state of the econ­omy, and the ef­forts Al­ber­tans have made to sup­port Fort McMur­ray fol­low­ing the wild fire. But as al­ways, Rich­mond is pos­i­tive. In fact, the ride has made it through tough con­di­tions, from floods to BSE.

“We have seen it all, but peo­ple still are gen­er­ous and do­nate,” said Rich­mond.

Part of its longevity is that STARS has af­fected so many lives.

“I think the big­gest thing is ev­ery­one has some­one that they know has been touched, whether it be a co-worker or a rel­a­tive or a neigh­bor,” said Rich­mond.

The Rum­sey Ride is com- ing up on Sun­day, Au­gust 7 at the Bar TL Rand near the Tol­man Bridge. At the heart of the event is a trail ride geared for rid­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties, with ex­pert guides and beau­ti­ful scenery, but that is not all. The Bar TL Ranch will al­low rid­ers to come Satur­day to set up camp and have a good night’s sleep be­fore head­ing out on to the trail.

To fuel up for the ride the Rum­sey Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment hosts break­fast. Gooch’s Gang will be serv­ing lunch from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the day caps off with a Coun­try Cook­ers beef sup­per.

To keep par­tic­i­pants and sup­port­ers en­ter­tained, Jill Brodie will have her Ducks and Dogs Demo. The event will in­clude a $5 poker rally for the rid­ers, and a slides auc­tion, raf­fle prizes and the an­nual Rich­mond Quilt raf­fle.

The strength of the event is the vol­un­teers and par­tic­i­pants that con­tinue to sup­port the event.

“It has that small town feel, it is not just a Rum­sey event, be­cause of all the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties we try to en­com- pass … from Stet­tler to Drumheller,” he said. “There are so many great peo­ple that help.”

For more in­for­ma­tion check out the 27th An­nual Ride for STARS Face­book page, or con­tact Ernie God­dard at 403-368-2132, or Mary New­ton at 403-368-2121 or email marynew­ton48@hot­mail.com.

You never know what to ex­pect but last year the rid­er­ship was up. There were about 165 rid­ers last year.”

The Rum­sey Ride For STARS is back for its 27th sea­son on Sun­day, Au­gust 7.

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