Poker Run Trail Ride at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482

The 2nd Annual Poker Run Trail Ride, sponsored by STRIDE Dressage and Equestrian Springs, was held May 1. Three dozen riders and volunteers enjoyed a perfect spring day to ride the 2-mile perimeter trail.

This multi-club event included guests from the Marion County Horseman’s Association, Sun Country Trail Blazers, South Eastern Distance Riders Association and Southern Regional Paso Fino Horse Association. The ride benefits a local horse rescue.

3 riders Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 trail ride
STRIDE Members Tracy Barrett, Audrey Hartnett (hidden), Anne Meinel and Elinor Weith prepare to depart on the 2-mile Poker Run. Riders collected playing cards at 5 stations around the course. The annual trail ride is STRIDE Dressage Association’s outreach to other equestrian groups, and raises funds for a horse rescue.
STRIDE President Lonni Bechen at the Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail ride
“Trail Boss” Lonni Bechen, President, STRIDE Dressage Association, the Ocala United States Dressage Association group with 250+ members
Loretta and Tanya in front of model home for sale at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 trail ride
STRIDE Members Loretta Lucas and Tanya Eyles
Lucy LeMay at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
SEDRA Member Lucy LeMay
Noelle Vander Brink & AJ at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
Noelle Vander Brink, Publisher of Elite Equestrian Magazine, and her senior citizen partner, AJ
Brunch meeting in kitchen of model home for sale at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
While winning poker hands were calculated, riders and volunteers were treated to a brunch by Equestrian Springs at the model home
Riders in front of cascade at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
STRIDE Members Heidi Rogers, Elinor Weith and Audrey Hartnett ride past the water cascade with full-size horse sculpture
Riders heading to starting point at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
Starting point for Poker Run Trail Ride
riders mounted by trailer at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
Marion County Horsemen Members are ready to head for the trail
Paso Fino at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 trail ride
SE Paso Fino Association’s Lisa Guess hits the trail
2 riders pass the pond at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
Every horsewoman’s dream! STRIDE Members Carol Hibbard and Sandy Wagner pass the spring-fed pond in the private park
Karen Kim smiling at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
STRIDE Member Karen Kim is happy to ride out
Vickie Rollack watering horse at Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482 Trail Ride
STRIDE Member Vickie Rollack waters her horse
horse trailers under trees on lot 27 of Equestrian Springs Ocala 34482
Shaded Lot 27 was ideal for resting horses after the ride while riders were enjoying brunch in the model home