A total of 39 riders took part in a guided tour of the Coleman Ranch in Molalla, benefitting the Rider Relief Fund which provides financial assistance to athletes, bull riders, and bullfighters who are injured in the sport of bull riding.
Julie Smith of Canby does a lot of horseback riding, but she said Saturday mornings Coleman Ranch Ride was about as good as it gets.
Smith was among the 39 riders who took part in the 10th annual trail ride, held for the first time on the Coleman Ranch in Molalla to benefit the Rider Relief Fund.
The fund, formerly the Resitol Relief Fund, provides financial assistance to athletes, bull riders and bullfighters injured in the sport of bull riding.
The ride was wonderful, Smith said. The weather was perfect. There was a cool breeze and nice people to ride with.
This trail ride is nice, because its close to home and I wanted to contribute to the Rider Relief Fund. Thats really why Im here.
Cade Wynn, 8, a third-grader at Clarkes Elementary School in Mulino, served as trail boss for the ride, assisted by Coleman ranch hands Jason McCall and Simon Taylor, leading the riders on a guided tour of the ranch and surrounding area.
Grand Marshal Services, Inc., of Beavercreek, also helped to assure that the ride went smoothly, assisting with parking and directing traffic at road crossings and gated areas.
Organizers Rochelle Kishpaugh and Linda Preble have helped to coordinate the Coleman Ranch Ride since its inception in 2005.
Over the past 10 years, the event has raised an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 for a variety of charities. The trail ride also has run in conjunction with the American Quarter Horse Association and the affiliated Oregon Quarter Horse Association.
This is a huge, huge thing for folks to be able to get on some private property and have a guided tour around and about, said OQHA President Chris Swanson. Its a wonderful opportunity to participate in a program that I think is very important to American Quarter Horse as well Oregon Quarter Horse.
And you cant ask for a better day than today. The weather is spectacular.
Judi Gobet of Oregon City won the raffle for an AQHA belt buckle, while Estacadas Heather Youngberg won the raffle for a custom OQHA saddle from saddle maker Wendell Branton of Lebanon.
Proceeds from the saddle raffle helped benefit the AQHA Foundation Region 1 scholarship program.