Okay … riding dates are set and the website for fundraising is ready!

Heeeeere we go! Ladies and gentlemen, this is definitely the year that we will break the million dollar mark for breast cancer research. I hope you’ll want to be a part of it.

Before we talk about the rides, you need to know that your fundraising website is ready to go: WildPinkYonder.MyEvent.com. If you rode last year, your profile is likely still there. All you have to do is start fundraising. If you didn’t ride last year, making your own page is easy-peasy. Also, please note that there is research suggesting that you’ll get a better response to your funding request if you use the website’s emailing feature rather than your own IP email address. (It’s sad to say, but apparently that way people are reassured that you’re not just pocketing the money.)

And so … the rides. Same deal as last year. Everything is included except a horse and your sleeping accommodations. It’s $100 to register and then you need to fundraise a minimum of $50 for each day that you’re riding … but there will be big prizes for top fundraisers at each ride, and a huge prize for the person who fundraises the most all summer, so start soon and fundraise like mad! (And, theoretically, you don’t even have to ride to win the prizes. All you have to do is fundraise!)

June 23, 24 and 25 we are riding out of Entrance Ranch, which is just west and slightly north of Hinton on Highway 40 (that heads to Grande Cache). From there, we can ride along the Athabasca River (beautiful), or we can head into Willmore (always a hit), or we can ride Cadomin (many riders swear by this location). Or, being as we’re there for three days, we can do all three! No more than 30 riders, please, so if you’re coming, sign up soon. Registration papers are at www.WildPinkYonder.com. You can scan and email them to me at JaneHurl@mcsnet.ca and then send an e-transfer or mail a cheque for the $100 registration fee.

August 17, 18 and 19 we are riding the sand hills at Ribstone Creek Heritage Rangeland, which is east and ever-so-slightly south of Wainwright. We’re talking miles and miles of beach type sand in rolling hills. It is so much fun that my step son (who is not a horseman) said, “You’re going there again? I want to come. That was so cool!” Again, no more than 30 riders, please, so if you’re coming, sign up soon. Registration papers are at www.WildPinkYonder.com.You can scan and email them to me at JaneHurl@mcsnet.ca and then send an e-transfer or mail a cheque for the $100 registration fee.

September 8, 9 and 10 we ride the northern end of the Canadian Badlands, just outside of the most delightful little town in Alberta: Donalda, which is 80 km almost directly east of Ponoka. Everybody who does this ride (we’ve been there twice before!) loves it. As above, if you’re coming, sign up soon because we are only taking 30 riders. Registration papers are at www.WildPinkYonder.com.You can scan and email them to me at JaneHurl@mcsnet.ca and then send an e-transfer or mail a cheque for the $100 registration fee.

I’ll do a more detailed description of each ride soon so you can get super excited about them! Ride one. Ride them all.

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