The Allegan County Pleasure Riders 40th Annual Benefit Ride will again benefit Wings of Hope Hospice and the Wings Home on Saturday, April 19, at Silver Creek County Park in Hamilton.
The Allegan County Pleasure Riders is the longest running equine-based fundraising group in the country.
Over the past 39 years, the benefit ride has raised over $178,500 for nonprofit organizations including the American Cancer Society, Allegan Food Pantry, Camp Kidwell, Sylvia’s Place, Wings of Hope Hospice and the Wings Home, among other groups.
“We’re hoping to break the $200,000 mark this year,” said Joanne Coy. “Generally we raise $13,000 to $14,000 but it’s our 40th year, so we’re hopeful.”
Ride registration is Friday, April 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., and the day of the ride from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with the ride beginning at 10 a.m.
The ride takes place on well-marked trails on the Allegan County Equestrian Trail System. Riders are able to choose the length of their ride, as there are two loops available.
Riders who register to ride on their own horse must have a minimum donation of $20 per individual and $30 per family.
In addition to the ride, participants will receive lunch, one raffle ticket and event T-shirts.
Those who donate more than $100 will receive a ticket to enter the grand prize and runner-up raffle drawings.“For each additional $50 over $100, riders will receive another ticket, no limit,” Coy said.
All raffle entrants must be present to win.
Grand prizes include: a 5,000-watt generator, 4 Equine Massage Sessions and horse blanket, hay bag, saddle cover and halter and lead package.
Coy encourages non-riders to come donate to the cause and enjoy lunch from noon to 2 p.m.
“Come out and help us make history this year, as we celebrate our 40th year of horses and riders making a difference,” she said.