More MS news articles for June 2000

Horses take to the trail to raise funds for MS research

Herald-Tribune staff

Horse riders will be out on the trails in the Simonette Valley to raise money for a crippling disease Saturday.

More than 150 people are registered for the MS Trail Ride at Simonette Valley Ranch, located on the banks of the Simonette River about 20 kilometres south of DeBolt.

The weekend-long event is being held to collect money towards a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults. Half of the money will be sent away to fund research and the other half will stay in the Peace Country.

Organizer Sharon Nelson said they're hoping to raise at least the same amount as last year, $83,000.

"We have a lot of riders who will accept sponsors right up until they leave," Nelson said. "Anyone who sponsors a rider for at least $25, can come out."

Rain or shine, the event is a go. The day of the ride kicks off with a free pancake breakfast - a hearty meal for the riders who stayed over Friday night.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. prior to the riders saddling up for the ride of their choice, a five-hour or three- hour one. Those staying close to the ranch will be entertained as well with bingos, children's games and other activities.

The riders will chow down at a barbecue and listen to the local group Lazy Boy Rockers later in the evening. The event winds down Sunday with a pancake breakfast for the campers.

"It's growing every year and this year we're hoping it's the same," Nelson said.