Riders mounted their steeds this weekend to help find a cure for cancer, coming from all over the area to support the 2010 Long County Relay for Life.
The Low Country Cowboys and Cowgirls, whose captains are Betty Miller and Karen Waters, organized the trail ride. Miller, who has been a part of the Long County Relay for Life since its inception in 2006, has also been one of the leading fund-raisers for the cause in county.She has been recognized for her efforts by winning the award for raising the most money as an individual. A cancer survivor herself, Miller has exceeded her amount raised every year, in each of the relays.
"It’s a great event. It helps a lot of people in a lot of different ways. A lot of families have stayed free at the Hope House at Emory University from the money raised at the Relay for Life," Miller said.
The ride was at the Clubhouse in Rye Patch. Nearly 20 riders hit the trail around noon.
Leaders of the two-hour ride were Jim Hackney and Justine Oakwood, who had to be at the top of their game, because the ride included several different horses such as Morgan, Tennessee walkers, quarterhorses and saddle breeds. The riders also rode both western and English riding styles.
"Safety is the main thing. We have to make sure we get the right horses in the right order, some like to lead, others like to follow. You don’t want to put the wrong horses next to each other," Hackney said.
The trail leader added, "You also want to keep some experienced riders in the front and the back of the ride to help things run smooth."
Dixie Stables owner Lynn Pace said several area stables brought horses to the ride, including hers, Gene McCarn Stables and Fort Stewart stables.
Participants also enjoyed a meal from clubhouse owner Tim Works.
"It’s a great cause and Long County has done really well with their relay since it began," Works said.
A white-elephant auction was conducted and County Line Barn furnished anything the riders needed for the trail. All proceeds were donated to the relay.