The weekend of Friday the 13th proved a lucky one for the Hamilton Conservation Authority when 120 horses and 200 people converged on the Dundas Valley for the annual fundraising equestrian ride. This year, the event raised $16,000, bringing the all-time total to $150,000.
The three-day outing consisted of camping, a sponsored ride and an evening of food, raffles, auctions, prizes and musical entertainment. Equestrians from across the province brought their horses, campers and tents for one or two nights under the stars in the 1,200-hectare Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
"The weather was perfect," said Debra Carson, one of the organizers of the event. "It was sunny and cool — just right for horseback riding."
Money raised will go toward maintenance of more than 40 kilometres of trails and bridges that wind through the valley.