Trail ride rais­ing funds for schools

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Trail­bike riders have a rare chance to ex­plore more than 100km of tracks over pri­vate high coun­try farm­land near Tar­ras on April 23.

Track or­gan­iser Grant Cagney said the Wanaka Trail Ride would of­fer be­gin­ner tracks through to ‘‘ex­tremely ad­vanced ter­rain,’’ travers­ing Deep Creek, Long Gully and Lindis Peaks Sta­tions be­tween Tar­ras and Wanaka.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple never get that op­por­tu­nity to see out back of a high coun­try farm,’’ says Grant, a vet­eran rider who has over­seen all three edi­tions of the Wanaka Trail Ride.

All pro­ceeds will be split be­tween the Montes­sori Chil­dren’s House Wanaka pre-school and Wanaka Pri­mary School. Last year the event raised $28,000 for the schools.

There will also be a free, fam­ily friendly, foot ac­cessed ‘pee wee’ track for ju­nior and first time riders.

Food and drink will be for sale. Or­gan­is­ers strongly en­cour­age riders to pre-reg­is­ter be­fore April 19 on wanaka­trail­ride.org.

Wanaka Trail Ride, April 23, 7.30am - 3.30pm

Com­pul­sory brief­ings 8am and 9.30am.

Jolly Road, Tar­ras.

ap­proved safety hel­met, spark ar­rester, cloth­ing for all weather con­di­tions, sturdy boots, ex­tra fuel, wa­ter bot­tle. Fire ex­tin­guisher op­tional.

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