For about two decades, riders have congregated at TL Bar Ranch for the Rumsey Ride for STARS, raising money for Alberta’s emergency helicopter ambulance service. This year’s event takes place Aug. 10.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ride, which for the first several years was held on property owned by John Griffiths.
The ride has raised more than half a million dollars since its inception and is looking to add a sizable chunk this year, rain or shine.
The event is hosted by the Rumsey Agricultural Society and starts at TL Bar Ranch, 16 km east of Trochu. A $5 breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. and kids under the age of six eat for free.
Riders are reminded to bring a lunch and plenty of water for the ride, though, as neither are provided during the event itself.
A barbecue beef dinner awaits riders and guests, starting at 4 p.m., at the ranch.
This year’s ride includes a poker rally. Participants can purchase a poker hand for $5, and are available at the registration table and at check points along the ride. It’s a good way to help people who can’t be at the ride take part, organizers said – buy a hand for someone who couldn’t attend and they can still support STARS.
The ride departure times are between 10 a.m. and noon. Poker hands must be turned in by 3 p.m.
The trails, through the grassy flatlands and rolling hills of the Red Deer River Valley, are marked and clearly visible. The ride is expected to take roughly three hours, while the staggered departure times are designed to keep the crowd from being overlarge.
Riders must register between 9 a.m. and noon. A waiver form is available on the Rumsey Ride section of the STARS website for download, saving time at the registration table.
Riders must have a minimum of $15 in pledges, or pay $15 in registration fees. The pledge sheet is also available online.
For more information on the ride, phone Ernie Goddard at 403-368-2132 or Kendra Kiemele at 403-368-3740.