There were plenty of horses – horse power that is – during the Millers Flat Trail Ride in the Teviot Valley on Sunday.
More than 300 people, including children and families from as far away as Palmerston, Queenstown and Invercargill, attended the fundraiser for Millers Flat School.
School principal Hilary Spedding said $11,000 was raised, compared with $4000 they received from a similar event organised last year.
Mrs Spedding said the money would go towards books, renewing trips.
The school was delighted with the support from the community, and in particular from the farmers who allowed them to use their land.
“We had 338 riders and it went well,” Mrs Spedding said.
and it was dark before we finished.”
There were 15 marked trails across farmers’ land for children’s peewee classes, as well as enduro sections and trails for families.
The main 38km loop incorporated farming and tussock land as well as 4WD tracks, hills and bogs.
As this year’s trail bike ride was such a success they intend to hold another next year as one of the school PTA’s main fundraising events.
“It had a huge community buy-in,” she said.