2009 Pink Outback Trail Ride raises $30,000 for charity
Monday 22 June 2009
More than 210 horses and riders, dressed in various shades of pink, saddled up to raise $30,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) on Saturday June 13 in one of the biggest Pink Outback Trail Rides to date.
According to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame CEO, Ben Maguire, riders travelled from all across Queensland, New South Wales and as far as Darwin in the Northern Territory to participate in the 25km ride in Longreach. “We were overjoyed with the huge turn-out of participants at this year’s event,” Maguire said. “Last year we had 100 riders saddle up, and this year, we more than doubled this figure.” “It was great to see a huge variety of horses and riders of all ages and abilities, from young kids on ponies, to experienced trail riders. Everybody put in a great effort and encouraged each other along the way. “The 2009 event has had a huge amount of support, which is a credit to the sponsors, the organisers, the participants, and the people of Longreach.
We were also fortunate enough to have one of Australia’s legendary horsemen, Guy McLean, take part in the eight hour ride,” he said. Nikki Gay, volunteer event coordinator and Longreach local, said the ride was well supported by people near and far away. “Once again, it was great to see the community of Longreach getting behind this event to make it a huge success,” Gay said. “We had a great crowd, an awesome amount of raffle items, and everything went as planned.”