‘Trail Ride’ a big suc­cess

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT -

The Flint Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Ben­e­fit Trail Ride, held the week­end of Oc­to­ber 27-29, was a huge suc­cess de­spite heavy rain on Sun­day. This was the 10th an­niver­sary of the Ride which is con­sid­ered by par­tic­i­pants to be one of the best of its kind in the mid-At­lantic re­gion.

Nat­u­rally, to pro­duce an event such as this — at­tended this year by over 500 rid­ers — re­quires a huge amount of work, the vast ma­jor­ity of it vol­un­teer. If I try to list ev­ery­one, I’m sure to err and in­ad­ver­tently hurt some­one’s feel­ings. Those of you who con­trib­uted in any way know who you are and, I hope, take pride in a job well-done and re­al­ize how very much ap­pre­ci­ated you are!

That said, there are those who did yeo­man’s work and de­serve a spe­cial men­tion. First and fore­most is Deb­o­rah Miloslavich, the chief or­ga­niz­ing force be­hind the Ride. For­tu­nately for the Fire De­part­ment and for Ride at­ten­dees, she has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in all as­pects of the event.

Then there are her long­suf­fer­ing, non-horsey hus­band, Bob, and son, Dan Stevens, who have been work­ing with Deb­o­rah for at least the past month. Many, many thanks to Colonel Dickey of Wake­field Manor and his fam­ily, the Miloslaviches, the Guiffres, Fran Kreb­ser and sev­eral other neigh­bors who de­clined men­tion for the use of their land.

Sandy and Rick Nawrocki pro­vided and set up tents. Jinx Fox from Or­lean spear­headed lunches, while many com­mu­nity mem­bers made good­ies for break­fasts and desserts for the ben­e­fit din­ner on Satur­day night. They also served meals.

The ex­cel­lent din­ner was made by MSGT. Ken Hein, as­sisted by a num­ber of his bud­dies from the Wake­field Manor Hunt Club, with Au­dra and Rob Dickey han­dling the din­ner lo­gis­tics.

Updike Dump­sters gen­er­ously do­nated a large roll-off con­tainer to the cause. The Ch­ester Gap Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment kept wa­ter con­tain­ers full. Jen­nifer and John Alexan­der were wher­ever help was needed.

Spe­cial men­tion has to go to de­part­ment mem­bers Kell Achen­bach and Bob Met­calf for han­dling the reg­is­tra­tion pa­per­work and to those two, plus Bill Jar­rett, Troy Baker, and Pres­i­dent Frank Huff for greet­ing all par­tic­i­pants.

SHERRY HAMILL-HUFF Sec­re­tary

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