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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Charity trek is galloping success

Some of the riders taking part in the charity trek in Duncormick
Some of the riders taking part in the charity trek in Duncormick

Brendan Keane

The Railway Yard Gallops and Ballyfrory Stud in Duncormick held a very successful charity trek in aid of the Wexford branch of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WSPCA) and the fact it was held in glorious sunshine added to the enjoyment for those who took part.

Organised by the owner of the facility, Martina Doran, the trek also included people riding bicycles and some car owners.

'We raised €3,196.25 to date and there is still some money coming in so we are delighted with how it went,' Ms Doran told this newspaper.

With over 100 people participating it was a resounding success much to the delight of Ms Doran who chose the WSPCA as the recipient organisation for very specific reasons.

'I saw how they struggled as a result of the harsh winter added to the fact they're always pushed financially,' she said.

'They do really amazing work and as an animal lover what they do for abandoned and mistreated animals is brilliant,' she added.

'I see the good work the volunteers do and I just thought it would be nice to help them.'

Ms Doran commented that the WSPCA had to deal with a lot of abandoned animals in recent times and its members are constantly trying to rescue and re-home them.

The response to the event was fantastic and people travelled from all over the county to take part and Ms Doran said the good weather added considerably to the event.

'We trekked from the stables to Cullenstown Strand and by the time we got there it was really hot,' she said.

'The weather was really brilliant and that helped a lot.'

In addition to people on horseback there were also participants in horse-drawn traps involved.

There was a party atmosphere at the Railway Yard Gallops when the participants returned. Fintan Scallan was on-hand to provide music entertainment and there were also fun activities in place for younger people in attendance with Belgrove Bouncing Castles, from Duncormick, providing a bouncy castle free-of-charge for the event.

'A lot of local businesses gave us support and we had a raffle and auction on the day which were very well supported,' said Ms Doran.

She also thanked her husband, Shane O'Reilly, her family, and her Railway Yard team for their help organising the event.

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