CTRA riding in with new ‘Round Up’ event Saturday in Cowichan

The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association is asking Cowichan Valley residents to "giddy up for a good cause" by joining the festivities of their first ever Round Up.

"This is a dynamic multi-phase event that will give you, your friends, and your horse a chance to get together and raise money for a great cause," reads the CTRA event website. "We are hoping to raise enough money to cover the costs of feeding (hay, grain, etc.) and caring for (veterinary, farrier, etc.) all of the horses in the CTRA herd for one full year."

It takes about $2,500 per year to maintain a single therapy horse, not including staff time, and the CTRA has 14 horses.

It starts Saturday, Sept. 20 with a daytime poker ride, where participants can earn prizes by raising pledges. It is $50 if you sign up in advance or $75 on the day. Your ticket will also get you into the evening entertainment, which includes a barbecue dinner and dance with live music by Thor and the Thundercats, silent auction and agility dog demonstration.

Tickets for the barbecue and dance are $25 and must be purchased in advance.

It all takes place at Avalon Equestrian Centre on Herd Road just outside of Duncan. There is overnight camping available for those who don’t want to have to worry about driving home after the event – you can even get a stall for your horse – though you must book in advance.

There are also 500 tickets for sale at $20 each for a raffle for two tickets anywhere WestJet flies.

For more information about the events and where to get tickets, go to www.ctra. ca/2014-round-up or call 250-746-1028.