Nearly one hundred equestrians mounted up on Saturday morning, Oct. 5, for an endurance ride and a fun ride hosted by the Quicksilver Endurance Riders club in the oak-studded terrain of Harvey Bear Ranch county park in Gilroy.
The longest ride was 50 miles. Shorter rides of 25 and 10 miles were also on the schedule, said ride manager Peggy Davidson, a San Juan Bautista resident.
Horse camp was in a field just beyond the San Martin Ave. entrance to the park. Chuck Kessinger, DVM, of Santa Cruz was the head veterinarian.
After a dinner of barbecued chicken, baked beans and garlic bread donated by the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Santa Clara County, there was an awards banquet and several of the club's experienced endurance riders gave a short talk.
DSA members cooked the meal. "The dinner donation has allowed us to increase our income by about $500.00. Our Board is going to discuss how that extra money will be used, possibly going toward trails, youth program or another way to promote the sport of endurance riding," said Davidson.The DSA represents the county's deputy sheriffs, said Roger Williams, vice president. "This donation was the idea of one of our members, Mike Saliba, and we're happy to help out." # # #