August 30, 2002, Friday
by ERROL SMITH
Central Coast Express (Fri)
THE certainty of tired legs and sore backsides won't stop a contingent of Central Coast riding enthusiasts from taking part in this year's annual Holiday on Horseback for multiple sclerosis.
The ride will cover a distance of about 200km, stretching from Nundle to Tamworth in northern NSW and will start on September 21.
This is the fifth year of the event which annually attracts about 150 riders. Organisers hope to raise about $60,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Twelve members of Central Coast Trail Riders Club will be participating, including Avoca resident, second-timer Alison Tomlin who is waiting with eager anticipation. "I took part in last year's ride across the Barrington Tops and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done," said Mrs Tomlin, who has been riding for 20 years. "The countryside was magnificent, the people we met were absolutely wonderful and there was great camaraderie among riders.
"I honestly cannot wait for this year's ride."
Mrs Tomlin, married with two young children, has talked friend Vivienne Coleman and her daughter Simone into going with her.
Mrs Tomlin has been busy organising sponsors and has particularly thanked B.J.Howes Pty Ltd of Lisarow, Eagles Plumbing and friends and colleagues at George Brand Real Estate for their support.
Spokesman for the organisers of the event Robert Taylor said anyone thinking of joining the ride should be aware that for insurance purposes they must be members of the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association.
"And its well worth the effort to join," he said. "Participants this year will be riding between 20 and 35 kilometres a day through sheep and cattle country as they make their way to the historic town of Nundle. Trails are well marked, campsites are excellent and there's plenty of live entertainment at night. Riders can travel at their own pace and the horses are well looked after."
* Multiple sclerosis is an acquired degenerative neurological condition.
Ride inquiries: 9413 4166; sponsorship 4381 1953.
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