Still a little behind with my posts, but getting there slowly!
Last weekend saw myself and Stuart taking part in The TREK – Fundraising Rideout for Rehab, which is basically an annual horse ride through the Union woods in County Sligo. As a member of the Riding Club I got asked to be a mounted Steward on the day, to help keep the group together & under control.
The morning of the ride was nice & sunny as I got the horses ready to go, I was also taking Tizzy along for my friend G to ride, so was up bright & early to get them both ready. Registration for the ride was at 11am with the ride itself due to start at 12, so once we registered we had some tea & biscuits as myself & the other Stewards waited for our briefing on what we were to do. Myself & T from our Riding Club were to be the last riders, to make sure nobody got left behind & to let the ride leaders know if the pace was too fast or too slow.
There was a great turnout of horses & spirits were high as we left the car park & headed down the road towards the woods.
As there was a huge variation in ages and riding abilities on the ride, we were sticking to walk & trot all the way for safety, with a few stops along the way to allow us to regroup & get refreshments.
The weather was lovely & warm and the ride was very enjoyable, Stuart was on his best behaviour and didn’t put a foot wrong all day!
The rear of the ride heading into the woods!
Having a break for a few minutes, not sure why I’m pulling such a weird face!
We returned from the ride at about 3.30pm and after putting the horses away we headed back into the Rehab centre for refreshments, which were delicious & much appreciated. They also held a raffle where I won a bottle of wine, so I was delighted with my day, although my legs knew all about it on Sunday!
Its lovely to have a nice non-competitive day out every so often and it done Stuart the world of good to get out in a crowd like that at a sensible speed. Looking forward to next year already!