Hundreds participate in trail ride to help children

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Each fall the Broken Trail Horse Club hosts a trail ride at the Pike County Regional Airport. Folks come out for a fun weekend while also supporting a good cause.

Hundreds of horse lovers from throughout the region meet each year on the top of a mountain in Pike County.

Gary France, President of the Broken Trail Horse Club says, "People enjoy the environment. We've got elk, deer, bear, turkey, and a lot of people come just to see that."

A friendly environment where they say there are no strangers.

Roger Nipper says, "You get here you feel like you are home, you get out and they are like howdy, have a cup of coffee."

Where folks of all ages spend a weekend doing what they love.

"I will be 79 next month. I love it, it is what keeps me going," says Jack Chapman.

While horses and the trail ride are the focus, organizers say they are not the only things that attract folks to the event.

Rodney Keene says, "Some come out and just camp, don't ride with us but there's the pig roast, and live music tonight and if you look around you don't just have horse people, you've got families here that's got kids running's a family thing."

A family event with plenty to do and it is all for a good cause. The proceeds go to buy Christmas gifts and put on a Christmas dinner for children in the area.

France says, "It is real big enjoyment to see the kids at Christmas time....that is what we do.>

When asked why so many come out for the event, Josh Thompson says, "I'd say mostly because it goes to a good cause."

"You'll have a ball, you're going to eat good and it goes to a good cause...that is what it is all about," says Nipper.

A trail ride that runs with a much bigger purpose.

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