Pinetrees celebrates 30th anniversary

This year marks the 30th year in business for Bev Gibbons and her Pinetrees Riding Centre in Almancil.

The anniversary was celebrated in July and August with two fun events consisting of fancy dress, a challenging obstacle course, followed by clear round jumping.

“Full marks have to be given to the wonderful mums who made the most elaborate and imaginative costumes for the fancy dress,” said Bev.

Thanks also went to judge Sabine Stohler for her expertise in attributing the marks for the obstacle course, where each section was worth 10 points. Points were also given for rider position and control.

After the competitions, the prize-giving took place and a toast was made with espumante – or Robinson’s squash for the non drinkers – and birthday cake.

The charity benefitting from the events was the Almancil Food Bank, which supports 160 families in need. The young riders also donated children’s clothes, toys, non-perishable foods and €270.

Photo: “Teddy” dressed as a unicorn, with Jade Horten