A huge thank you goes to the High Country Pleasure Riders club.
The club held a fundraising weekend ride earlier in the year with over 70 riders attending. The club created a raffle and auction of donated gifts. From these remarkable efforts the club raised a donation of $3,400 in support of Canterbury, West Coast and Otago Rescue Helicopter services.
The High Country Pleasure Riders was established in 1999 and is the largest horse-trekking club in the South Island. The club has an annual calendar of weekend horse treks throughout the high country. They are a true example of Kiwis’ living their life to the fullest as they get out and explore “Chopper Country”.
Fortunately the club has not had a lot of accidents, but as horses can be flighty animals, occasionally they are more exciting than they are meant to be. They often ride in remote locations, up to about 5,000 feet in the mountains, crossing rivers, down steep rocky faces, camping for days sometimes and as they are dealing with large horses weighing about 500 kg, there is always the chance things can go wrong.
The group carry a first aid kit for people and one for horses, plus a locator beacon in case of emergency.