Changed scenery for this year’s Ride-A-Thon

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This trail in the Arroyo Seco now leads hikers and horseback riders into a new, post-Station fire world.

This trail in the Arroyo Seco now leads hikers and horseback riders into a new, post-Station fire world.

One local group, apparently not dispirited by the state of the Angeles National Forest trails charred by the Station fire, is gearing up to offer horseback rides (guided and unguided)  in the Arroyo Seco and into the San Gabriel Mountains a week from Sunday.

No doubt  riders will find a vastly different scene on Nov. 1 when they participate in the 13th annual MACH 1 (Move a Child Higher) Happy Trails Ride-A-Thon than they encountered prior to the historic blaze. (MACH 1 is a nonprofit equestrian program that helps youngsters with disabilities gain skills and confidence. It takes a lot of money to keep an operation like this going, and most of it comes from private contributions.)

One old trestle bridge in Gould Canyon, familiar to anyone who has ever hiked or ridden the local trails, was photographed a couple of weeks after the fire swept through  by Valley Sun contributer Reg Green to accompany an essay he wrote for the paper. It was a haunting portrait of a previously scenic pathway.

This change of scenery may actually turn out to be a draw for participants in the MACH 1 fundraiser, some of whom may not have had a chance yet to saddle up since the fire to check things out for themselves.

Reservations are not required; riders are asked to check in at the Rose Bowl Riders facility at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1, with rides beginning at 9 a.m. A barbecue lunch is offered at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. If riders rasied $60 or more in sponsorships to participate they’ll get a free lunch. To learn more about the event, and about MACH 1 go here.

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Written by Carol Cormaci

October 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

Posted in Events

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