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Riders saddle up

Preparations are underway for Ride the Algarve Way, a charity ride due to take place from May 13 to 19, across the Algarve to raise money for Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Jinny Harman and Rod Frew have started checking that the trail is accessible for horses and riders. The route is mainly off-road, apart from crossing through villages and towns along the way.

However, rainfall, forest fires and natural erosion may mean some parts are too dangerous or impossible to cross on horseback, but so far, the original route is deemed to be passable.

Riders are signing up and the maximum of 20 has nearly been reached. There are 10 confirmed riders coming from the UK, all with the required personal sponsorship of a minimum of 1,000 euros to cover expenses.

A waiting list has now been opened up for additional riders from the UK. Jinny said: “The response from the UK has been incredible. We have been forced to put some keen riders on a waiting list because we would really like this event to involve local horse people too.”

The organisers urge Algarve riders to contact them as soon as possible to sign up and secure a place on the ride as sponsorship money must be collected and horses must be trained to ensure they are fit enough to complete this ride.

Rod said: “This ride is not to be underestimated. An average of 40km a day is not for the fainthearted and those joining us really have to commence their training programme now for themselves as well as their mount!”

Ride the Algarve Way has put together a rider’s pack with information on the ride, the charities involved and some handy tips for participants.

To receive one of these packs, contact Nathalie Baart on 914 248 714 or email [email protected]. For more information regarding the ride call Jinny Harman on 917 563 050 or Rod Frew on 282 443 284.

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