The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance will benefit from this year’s Dinnington Ride. The memorable horse ride across open countryside and through woodlands is an annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne. 121 horses and riders took part this year, with a choice of cross country routes of approximately 12 miles or a shorter course of approximately 6 miles. Riders came from across Somerset, Devon and Dorset with glorious sunshine making it close to a record year.
The event was marshalled by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne who were assisted by volunteers Val Barrett and Patricia Rutherford, who met the riders at the finishing line, counted them back home and presented them with blue and yellow rosettes, displaying the Rotary club’s logo. A spokesperson for the Rotary Club of Crewkerne said: “The consensus of all riders was that it was a wonderful event and they would return again next year. Riders came from all over the county, some as far as Devon and Dorset. We were lucky to have lovely Summer weather on the day and raised £1,950 for our chosen charities, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and local churches.
Refreshments were provided by the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne, who were raising funds for their chosen charity, Horseshoes and Handprints. Horseshoes and Handprints provides equine assisted therapy and fun horse activities for adults and children with special needs or depression due to autism, behavioural and neurological issues, bullying, bereavement and separation anxiety. The registered charity is based at Stocklinch near Ilminster.
Dinnington Ride was sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Ile Valley Vets, Kingfisher Vets, Synergy Vets, Yarcombe Woodland Products, Paul & Co and Crewkerne Pet Shop. Young children who turned up at the ride, with older family members who completed the course on their horses, were able to enjoy the day by riding their Shetland ponies around the main field and experience the friendly atmosphere, which the gents from the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne and volunteer helpers had created, adding to the success of the event and making it an extra special day.