The year we rode 170 miles on horseback
By Judy Evans
December 1, 2017 3:03am CST
I have been going through some old photos and came across this one which I thought you might enjoy. When I was 22 my cousin and I rode our ponies from Albany on the south coast of Western Australia to our home town of Narrogin, a distance of 170 miles. Walkathons were just becoming popular but this was a ride-a-thon. I had a group of 17 children who wanted to learn to play brass instruments with a view to joining the brass band. The band didn’t have enough instruments for them all so I came up with the idea of doing the ride. Townsfolk sponsored us for so much a mile. We were able to buy three new instruments with the money raised. Although it was the middle of summer we rode in the early morning and we really enjoyed most of it. We only did 20 miles a days so it wasn’t like it was a huge endurance test. For all that, we look a bit tired and sunburnt, don’t you think? From left to right is Black Magic, me, Vivienne and Feriel.
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• Austin, Texas
Great pic! Horse riding is just a dream for me. I have a memory of riding a pony when I was a young child. My mom took me someplace where they gave pony rides. It's a nice memory. But I've never bee brave enough to get on a horse if you must know the truth. I love them. They are magnificent creatures. But since I don't know how to ride one, I'd probably break my neck. I'll have fun watching others horseback riding.
• Austin, Texas
@JudyEv - You just inspired yet another childhood memory. Ever see the movie "National Velvet" starring Elizabeth Taylor (when she was a young girl)? That movie could make anybody fall in with horses.