THE Moore River region provided a picturesque backdrop for Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club’s inaugural Great Bush Ride recently.
The two-day adventure saw more than 20 riders, aged eight to 50 plus, and their horses heading north along the banks of the Moore River and surrounding scenic farmland, to retrace a portion of the Old North Stock Route.
The first day’s ride culminated with the horses settled in cattle yards, storytelling around the campfire and sleep in the shearing shed.
“We strive to create a sense of camaraderie within our club and this ride saw many friendships develop,” president Mike Agnew said.
“We hope that the Great Bush Ride will be a point-of-difference for the club into the future, as we grow and develop the diversity of our activities and the social side of our club.
“We intend to grow this particular ride into about a five-day event in the future, held during the school holidays, along with adding a few shorter bush rides throughout the year in different places.”
Member Hall Lockwood said she enjoyed the ride.
“The wildflowers were amazing, all riders braved the river crossings and we saw quite a few kangaroos along the way,” she said.
“I think the horses loved it too.”
The club enlisted the help of Denise Kowald from 1800 Trail Rides to navigate the river area.
“The Gingin region has so much to offer – it’s a beautiful area which is a short commute from the city,” she said.
“We would love to see more riders take advantage of these trails.”
Wanneroo Horse and Pony Club plans to have more Great Bush Rides along the Moore River during the school holidays in autumn and spring next year.
For more, call Arlene Lockwood on 0407 557 996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.