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Riders saddle up to raise funds for Angel Flight

RIDE ON: Ben Chubb prepares to take to the trails.
RIDE ON: Ben Chubb prepares to take to the trails. Contributed

THE 10th Anniversary Ride for Angel Flight once again drew support from across the country, with 175 horses and riders participating in the annual charity event.

Angel Flight CEO Marjorie Patani and Flight Co-Ordinator Joy Wii joined riders and support personnel for morning tea at Drays Road and again for lunch at Thornside, a long arranged tradition on the trail.

The day proved fine and mild, ideal for horses and riders and another extremely successful event terminating at the Widgee Showgrounds, where horses and riders relaxed after winding their day through our picturesque countryside.

The evening heralded another story with entertainment throughout the night, great food on sale from the kitchen plus another floor auction and major raffle, with all funds adding to the overall success of the event.

Sunday may have seen the rain clouds closing in with light and misty showers, but not enough to curb the enthusiasm of riders participating in the campdraft, barrel race and team events.

The Widgee Ironman & Ironwoman events proved popular as did the Hobby Horse race, along with a few "tossing” competitions.

Another highlight of the day was a whiplashing demo by Colin Erbacker, of Bli Bli.

What this young man does with a whip has to be seen to be believed.

He was a great hit with the youngsters and kept on to judge the whiplashing competition and present Jorja Curran with her prize.

This year's Ride for Angel Flight and Widgee Fun Day proved extremely successful and has helped boost the coffers.

While final figures are yet to be confirmed, many thousands of dollars were raised over the weekend.

The committee thanks everyone who supported with prizes and donations.

Gympie Times


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