Ride-out takes scenic route
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.