Animal lovers called upon for charity ride
EVERY man, woman and their horse are being welcomed to the Tanawha Hay Shed this month to raise money for the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.
On November 20, the shed will host its first social ride so members of the horse-riding community can connect with each other while donating funds to animals in need.
Organiser Tracie Nolan said the idea was sparked because many of their customers were complaining about having nobody to ride with regularly.
"It's a good excuse to get our butts in the saddles and get to know each other,” she said.
A proud owner of six horses and three dogs herself, Ms Nolan said she was always trying to encourage her customers to rescue pets from shelters instead of buying them from puppy-farms and pet shops.
"I'm a bit of a softie when it comes to animals too, and I think the refuge do a great job,” she said.
"You find that the people who have horses will have dogs and cats as well - all animals go hand-in-hand.”
With $20 of the $30 fee going directly to the refuge, Ms Nolan said the event was for any animal-lover who wanted to bring their own horse along for a ride.
Costs include insurance, a sausage-sizzle for the riders and some food for the horses.
There will also be a raffle, with items such as Oroton handbags up for grabs on the day.
The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge takes in about 1000 animals per year, and is currently preparing for 'kitten season'.
For more information, visit the Tanawha Hay Shed's Facebook page. .