Ride-out takes scenic route

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

MORE THAN 200 rid­ers trot­ted the grounds of the old 19th cen­tury Hume­wood Cas­tle and across the scenic foothills of Wick­low with their mag­nif­i­cent horses for a char­ity ride-out.

The ride-out, an en­joy­able ac­tiv­ity with the op­tion of jump­ing fences, was or­gan­ised by the Shil­le­lagh Dis­trict Hunt in aid of West Wick­low Day Care Cen­tre in Balt­in­glass and lo­cal con­cern.

The Shil­le­lagh Club are still not sure of the fi­nal fig­ure, but sec­re­tary Kate Moody said it is es­ti­mated more than €3,000 was raised for the char­i­ties.

‘The lo­cal con­cern part is in re­la­tion to two peo­ple in our area. They are very sick at the mo­ment with cancer and we want to help them out,’ said Ms Moody.

Dur­ing the event, the rid­ers had the op­tion to jump fences which had been placed along the route or, sim­i­lar to a hack, could ride out on the trail at an or­di­nary speed.

‘Ev­ery­one left at dif­fer­ent times and we had the route sign­posted for them. It is an en­joy­able ac­tiv­ity, rather than a stress­ful com­pe­ti­tion,’ she said.

After a two-hour trek, the par­tic­i­pants were served some home­made soup and fresh rolls to sat­isfy their hunger after a long morn­ing.

The char­ity ride-out was for both adults and chil­dren.

‘It was €25 for adults and €15 for chil­dren. It went re­ally well and ev­ery­one had a lovely time,’ said Kate.

Emma Kin­sella and Golden Cream.

Ali­son Hay­den and Kelly Red­mond.

Herby Roth­well.

Tom Ber­ri­gan.

Katie Man­i­fod.

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