Sun shines for Argyll South’s second rainbow ride

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Argyll South Pony Club held its second rainbow ride in aid of local cancer charities in the hills and fields around Mid Argyll’s Upper Largie and Carnasserie.

Thanks to Sheila MacCallum the two routes on the recent ride were well planned with a two and a half mile grass track loop for the little ponies and a five mile route, including forestry tracks, for the more experienced.

Twenty riders arrived in small groups for their allotted time slot to enjoy Mid Argyll’s fields and forestry at their glowing autumnal best.

The club’s first rainbow ride was held a couple of weeks earlier, along the three miles of sand and surf at Machrihanish beach. It raised more than £100 for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end-of-life charity, and the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund, which supports people with cancer in the Kintyre area.

Thanks to a generous donation from Argyll Riding Club the total raised from the two events is now more than £400.

As equestrian competitions are proving difficult to organise under Covid restrictions, Argyll South and Argyll Riding Club are working together to ensure they can provide safe riding in these difficult times. Both clubs have concentrated on promoting coaching sessions in small groups as well as leisure rides for all ages and abilities to enjoy local scenic routes in safety.

At the recent rainbow ride, no less than six of the groups were mother and child-based, making it a real family day out and proving that at the end of the rainbow rides there is always a pot of golden smiles.