RUTLAND — As summer turns to fall each year volunteers, riders and their horses gather outside of Rutland for the annual St. Jude Trail Ride at the Dill Family Farm.
Last week, organizers of the trail ride met with St. Jude representatives, presenting $18,836 raised during the 2016 trail ride.
Isabel Dill, who along with her family, has hosted the trail ride for 21 years said that 207 riders and volunteers took part in the trail ride to collect the more than $18,000. Top collectors for the ride were Debbie Lewis, Jerry Smathers and James Davis.
The 2016 trail ride brought the total collected over the 21 rides to $250,262.99, with plans already underway for the 22nd edition.
Over the years the trail ride has grown from a few riders raising less than $100 in the first year to a multi-day event which now includes camping and other festivities.
The 10-mile trail ride remains the feature of the weekend, but it is followed by a hog roast with two hogs purchased at the Meigs County Fair and donated by Home National Bank and Farmers Bank for the ride. Supplies to cook the hogs are also donated by Powell’s Foodfair.
This past year, 132 door prizes were handed out to participants, with raffles for items including a new saddle, bridle and breast strap set, mountain bike and a multi-choice raffle. All items were donated by local businesses and riders.
The 2017 trail ride is scheduled for Sat. Sept. 16.
“Come out and join in the fun. Bring your own horse and a warm heart,” said Dill.
For more information on the trail ride contact Isabel Dill at 740-742-2849, firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 34015 Beech Grove Road, Rutland, Ohio 45775.