Once again the weather was kind to us, in fact with the lack of recent rain the fields were quite hard under hoof but the horses appeared to have no problems. As usual the local farmers deserve a big thank you for letting us form a ride through an area not usually available to the public.
In all 222 horses rode the course of which 64 entered on the day and we were pleased to have 72 marshals which contributed to the smooth running of the event. £148 was collected in buckets at the car park and £130 came from sales at the Beer tent.
All proceeds, £8,000 in total, will go to the Children’s and Derbyshire Air Ambulance split 50/50.
The Church Wilne Christmas Collection has been taking place for nearly thirty years and this year another reincarnation of our float, its fourth major rebuild, took place over the months prior to the collection.
For over two weeks members and wives collected at local supermarkets and in the evenings round the streets of Elvaston, Borrowash, Ockbrook and Draycott, to raise what turned out to be a staggering new record amount.
A total of £5085.61 was raised purely to benefit the local area.
Our American President Greg has a US theme this year; hence the Father Christmas with bell
The Christmas float
RC Church Wilne’s first Horse Ride was in 2005 and every year since we have seen a significant sum raised for our designated charity. This year the Air Ambulance was chosen and with over 200 riders and horses taking place, we managed a new record total for the event.
The Air Ambulance is always a very popular charity to support and many people gave extra donations on the day. As in previous years the course consists of bridleway, road and farmland not normally available to the public through scenic Locko Park, Dale Abbey, Spondon and Ockbrook.
Read more about the Air Ambulance