The weather couldn't have been better on Sunday as the annual Ride for STARS Trail Ride went ahead for the 29th year.
Riders and non riding participants showed up at the TL-Bar Ranch north of Trochu to ride their horses through the coulees and raise money for the red STARS medivac helicopters.
"It ended up being about 159 riders and just over $40,000 (raised) just on the trail ride itself, but there's more cheques and stuff coming," reported organizer Rob Richmond. "The total is probably right around $47,000, but that's going to probably jump up as well (and) that pushes us well over $800,000 (to date), probably about $815,000 or something."
Riders were asked to collect pledges; in lieu, they could pay an entry fee. Other fund raising efforts included meals, poker hands, a quilt raffle and silent auction, not to mention the annual tradition of Richmond getting a pie in the face.
"I wasn't going to do it this year and then I put a little poll on Facebook and I think no politician could beat me, because 91 per cent of people wanted to thow a pie (at me)," he explained. "Mom was one of the last ones to buy a ticket and we got her to pull the (winning) ticket. She won $80 and she enjoyed that."
The Ride, which used to be called the Rumsey Trail Ride for STARS, is already the longest running volunteer fund raiser for STARS in Alberta and will be marking its 30th year in 2019.
"My mom and I, down at Freson Bros. a few weeks back when we were selling raffle tickets, we had about three people that were saved by STARS (drop by)," recalled Richmond. "Actually, I was crying like my mom was; you can see, now, why we do what we do."