Sixty-five riders from all over eastern North Carolina rode the 12.5 miles of the Bethany CMF Trail Ride Saturday. According to James Hardison, the success of the event is owed to the organization and hard work of Trail Boss Mark Lee, Jeanette Lee, June Harris and Kip and Tammy Banks of the Pamlico County Horse Association, as well as to the men of the CMF, the women of Bethany, Nickey Cannan and Merritt Watson.
Many of the participants camped out Friday night at the site. The ride began at 10:00 a.m. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks were offered riders at the midway point. One hundred attended the barbecue dinner at 4:00 p.m., which was preceded at 3:00 p.m. by country music performed by Barbara Jarvis and Beau Hacker.
After the music, door prizes were awarded, including the half-and-half prize won by Pam Hardison, who donated the prize back to Bethany.
Comments on the event at www.nchorsenews.com confirmed that participants had a great time. Among the comments were, “The trails were wonderful…I am looking forward to the next one,” “The trails rocked and we look forward to the next one,” “What a beautiful destination,” and “Just loved the ride. All the work that went into it was well worth it on our part (the riders).”
The CMF raised $1,200 clear, and because the event went so well, plans are for another trail ride in the fall, probably on a Sunday.