Ride for Hospice expands to two days
LAND O’ LAKES - The 2013 Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Ride for Hospice is back and bigger than ever, organizers said. The benefit for Gulfside Regional Hospice will expand to two days this year, its fifth. It will take place April 13-14. The event shifts to a new location, Fair Haven Farms, 15212 State Road 52, west of the Suncoast Parkway interchange. New this year will be the overnight camping and bonfire the night before the main trail ride on Sunday.The trail ride, of two to three hours, will begin at 9:45 a.m. on April 14. People without a horse can still participate in the event. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, wagon rides, swamp buggy rides, a Native American demonstration, nature walk and more. “I can’t thank enough the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse for all that they do with this event to help Gulfside Regional Hospice,” Gulfside President and CEO Linda Ward said. “We are lucky to be a beneficiary for all of their efforts of putting on a successful fundraising event year after year.” The ride produced $19,000 for Gulfside last year. Proceeds will help the hospice assist more than 375 patients daily. Gulfside employs more than 250 and has more than 550 volunteers. The Mounted Posse has served Pasco residents since 1995. All posse members must pass and maintain several qualification standards to enable horse and rider to work safely in close contact with the public. The Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Unit includes sworn deputies, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse has civilian volunteers. For information, go online to www.pascoposse.com. Advance registration has started online at www.rideforhospice.net. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger, with free T-shirts for early signups. The cost is $30 per participant for registration the day of the ride, April 14. For spectators not riding, the cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children three and under. Children younger than 16 must wear a helmet, safe riding attire and be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride. A current negative Coggins test must be presented at the gate to take part in the ride.