THE May ride for the Tambo Upper Trail Riding Club was an Australian Trail Horse Riders Association-supported (ATHRA) ‘Trail Ride for Dolly’s Dream’ in the Colquhoun Forest.

This was a national event to raise money and awareness for the Do It For Dolly Day initiative.

Trail riding clubs across Australia hosted rides throughout May, with a total of close to $30,000 raised.

Karen Edwards made the trip up from Woodside to support the club and Dolly’s Dream. Mel Farley from Sale was welcomed back after a short absence from the riding club.

The club said it was a pleasure to have some junior riders participating, alongside riding parents or guardians. Charlie, Alexa and Daphne joined in on their marvellous ponies for their first organised trail ride.

Billie Schneider came along for her first club ride on her lovely big Friesian cross mare, Dakoda. The pair went along very nicely and are sure to be seen on future rides.

Susan Ryan was on the saddle of her new horse, Bindi, a palomino mare. Bindi and Susan made a good pair, coping well with the large group, not posing any challenges.

Raffles for the fundraiser were drawn at afternoon tea, and venue hosts, Jackie and Mark Whiting were thanked for opening up their property to the club.

The June ride for the Tambo Upper Trail Riding Club will be led by Sue Cullinan from 1460 Bullumwaal Road, Mount Taylor this Sunday (June 16). This is a change to the previously advertised starting point due to a clash of events at the Mount Taylor Forestry/MTB park.

Sue has been out planning the ride with other club members and helpers. The ride will be a mixture of terrain, including secluded bush tracks, 4WD tracks, mossy gullies and some short hills.

Participants should arrive early to be saddled prior to a horseless muster at 9.45am. Ride out time will be at 10am sharp with a saddlebag lunch. The group will return to the floats before 3pm to enjoy afternoon tea before loading up for the trip home.

To reach the rally point, travel out Bullumwaal Rd, through Wy Yung and Mt Taylor.

After the Mount Taylor State Forest sign continue past the first road on your right which is Bedggoods/Reserve Rd. Turn right at the next small unmarked track. It has a letterbox with 1460 on it. Continue on the gravel track about 500m and park on the left under the power lines.

Tambo Upper Trail Rides are held in various locations on the third Sunday of every month.

New members are always welcome.

The 2024 calendar is available on the club’s Facebook page, or at local saddlers.

For further details, phone Caroline Driscoll on 0408 963 667, or Sue Cullinan (0412 526 121).