Western Care Association is inviting all horse men and women, walkers and ramblers to take part in a post-Christmas Benefit Horse Ride through the spectacular Ox Mountains on Saturday, December 28th.
The event, which will commence in Aclare at 12 noon, is being organised by the Ecumenical Outreach Group at Cloongee House, Foxford.
Formed in 2008, the group consists of Barry Redmond, Cathal O’Hare, the Rev. Andrea and Charles Wills, Patrick Browne, Margaret Leonard, Marion Groombridge and Marea Healy.
The purpose of this dynamic group is to fundraise for purposes or groups in need of support. They organise benefit horse rides through the fabulous Foxford hinterland and hospitality evenings at Cloongee House as a means of saying thank you to those who have supported their different causes.
Proceeds from the Benefit Horse Ride on December 28th will go to support Western Care Association which provides services and supports to Mayo people with intellectual and associated disabilities and their families in a community setting throughout the county.
So if you are bored with the post-Christmas turkey and are looking for something exciting to do, come along and join in this festive trek through the spectacular Ox Mountains.
The day’s events will commence at Jo Dan’s Pub, Mullany’s Cross on the main Ballina to Tubbercurry road, just beyond Lough Talt. The cost for riders is €20 and everyone is asked to decorate your horse with tinsel and make your outfits have a splash of Christmas!
Participants will ride and walk through the mountain roads up to Lough Easkey where they will be treated to festive refreshments against the bracing mountain air.
A Yuletide reception of venison, spiced wine and mince pies will take place at Cloongee House, Foxford at 8pm that night.
All enquiries to Barry on 087-4178124, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above: At the launch of the Christmas Benefit Horse Ride for Western Care Association at Cloongee House, Foxford are (Left to Right): Colin Kelly, Western Care, Kathy Behan, walker; Patrick Brown, Church of Ireland representative; Liz Courtie, walker; Barry Redmond, Cathal O’Hare and Emer Noone, Cloongee House; Sue O’Donnell, walker; Anne Nally, Manager Individualised Services Western Care; Margaret Leonard, Church of Ireland representative; and Andrea Oats, Western Care, and horses ‘Harry’ and ‘Oisin’. Photo: John Moylette