The 5th Annual Al Humphrey Memorial Ride will take place Sunday, July 31st in Stouffville, Ontario, with all proceeds going to benefit the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation – Stem Cell Research Fund and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation – Palliative Care Unit.
Each year, the Memorial Ride contributes to deserving charities. The 2010 edition earned $18,000, which was divided between the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation – Stem Cell Research Fund, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for children.
Check-in for this year’s ride is from 7:30 a.m., and the ride will begin at 8:00 am. It will proceed through the York Regional Forest for 25 kilometres, about three or four hours in the saddle. A major lunch stop will be located approximately half-way through at no cost to registered riders. Volunteer handlers will hold horses, while their grateful riders eat and get the kinks out. There will be water for the horses, buckets provided, and they will be allowed to graze, with saddles off, by the handlers.
Rider registration fees are $25 before June 25, $45 then until July 25, then $65 until the day before, Saturday, July 30. Register early, as there is a limit of 300 horse/rider combinations and it will fill up quickly.