December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Forty riders got in the saddle and took part in Benwick’s first charity horse ride in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital on Sunday.
The riders, of all ages and abilities, started off at David and Sara Caton’s 400 farm and trotted in the sunshine through Plantation Farn and Grange Farm before finishing in Lord De Ramsey’s estate.
Their efforts raised more than £500 for the children’s hospital, with more donations expected.
It is hoped the ride will become an annual event.
Claire McGarvie, one of the organisers, said: “It was a brilliant day and the weather was lovely, which was important because had we held it the previous Sunday I doubt anyone would have turned up.
“The event was such a success we hope to put one on next year.”
“There were people of all ages, sizes and abilities who took part. I think the youngest rider was a five-year-old on a Shetland pony and the oldest must have been in their 70s.
“It was not just about the riding because there were cake stalls and a burger van.
“We would like to give a special thanks to the Ramsey Young Farmers who stewarded the ride. Without them the day would not have been possible.