AEF’s 1st Annual Wild Rose Ride

AEF Alberta Equestrian Federation

The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) is hosting its first-ever fundraising trail ride on Sunday September 16, 2012. Named the Wild Rose Ride, the event has been organized to create a great community gathering where AEF members and horses can get together for a trail ride. The trail head is located at the world-famous Rafter Six Ranch Resort with access to trails in the area and the incredible vistas of the Rocky Mountains and the Kananaskis River close by. The other, and very important reason for the trail ride is to establish a fund to support therapeutic riding associations.

A number of these associations are part of the AEF membership including, but not limited to Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association of Edmonton, AB; Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding Society of Calgary, AB; and Journey Therapeutic Riding Society of Nanton, AB . Across the province, the associations’ great work in helping adults and children enjoy the beneficial relationship with horses in a safe and positive environment makes them ‘unsung’ heroes in Alberta. Without a doubt, the therapeutic riding associations have provided many positive learning and growth opportunities and also provide an important recreational and mental break. These associations have strict guidelines in working with vulnerable people. The well trained horses with quiet dispositions and dedicated and experienced volunteers ensure a positive and enhancing experience. While we all know that horses are good for people, Winston Churchill once stated that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man. These associations have taken this belief a further step.

The event, which starts at 11:00 am, includes a country brunch and live entertainment. The trail wranglers are from Rafter Six and will ensure a marvelous adventure in the area and will be guiding riders along the way.

It will be open to AEF members who may bring their own horses or rent a horse from Rafter Six, the day will be fun and memorable for the whole family. Of course, equestrians may join the AEF at any time and register for the event. Cost for brunch, trail ride per person and their own horse is: $75. A perfect day for memories, fun and to help support the therapeutic riding community.

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