Hope Reins the winners at Zinc 96.1 Race Day
HOPE Reins founding directors Ruth Polley and Kylie Read care for several ex-racing thoroughbreds, but never expected the racing scene would give something back.
That's exactly what will happen at this Saturday's Zinc 96.1 Race Day at the Gympie Turf Club, with Hope Reins nominated as the race day charity.
While the money will be a great boost to the charity that helps both horses and humans and relies solely on donations and volunteers, Ms Read said it was wonderful to know their work was appreciated and worthy of nomination.
"We are equally chuffed that people are recognising us and supporting us as an organisation," she said.
Ms Polley and Ms Read will be "rattling the tin" for Hope Reins at the race day, but $2 from every entry will also go towards the charity.
Hope Reins takes in abandoned, unwanted and abused horses and trains them to bring horse therapy to people with trauma in their lives.
The organisation provides their horse therapy services for free to anyone who feels they could benefit from it, but those who are able can pay a donation.
"We won't ever charge for our program," Ms Polley said.
The money raised on Saturday will go towards Hope Rein's high overheads including veterinarian bills, horse feed and training.
Gympie Turf Club president Shane Gill is expecting a bumper crowd with warm, partly cloudy weather providing the perfect conditions to head down to the track.
"It will be a beautiful day," Mr Gill said.
"A great day in the sun at the races; couldn't ask for better."
He guessed that crowd count number anywhere around 1000 spectators.
Races will start from 12:30pm before the Zinc 96.1 Nugget and Al feature race at 3:10pm with a $10,000 winnings total and trophy.
Harness racing will kick off at 4pm with three races.
The dual code race meeting will include thoroughbred gallopers and harness racing, with a big after-race party from 5pm with Sunshine Coast band Classic Vinyl.
Mr Gill said additional track facilities for the harness events have already led to some big days at the Gympie track.
"We had it last year at the same time and we had harness events at the Melbourne Cup event here too," he said.
"They're back again now, which is great for everyone," he said.
Harness racing will return in this year's Melbourne Cup events at the Gympie Turf Club.