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Horses for housing set

A test run consisted of gathering a group of horseback riders from the Pueblo West Horsemen’s Association and taking two intermediate easement trails.

Twice.

The ride was the scout the course for an upcoming fundraiser for the Pueblo Association of Realtors.

Leaving the General Store on West McCulloch Boulevard at 9 a.m., the first riding loop was about a two and a half hour ride, where horsemen and horsewomen marked two trails for Saturday.

The Pueblo Association of Realtors and the local chapter of the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Fund are sponsoring a community trail ride Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The ride is a fundraiser with monies raised that will go toward local nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanities, Neighborhood Works and YWCA.

It’s also the brainchild of Pueblo West resident and local realtor Ammie Thomas of Prudential Platinum Real Estate.

“I came up with the idea of a fundraiser trail ride because I love riding, I am all over Pueblo West, riding with my daughter (she is in 4H and we work cattle for my family),” Thomas said.

“I am on the CARHOF (Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Fund) for our local board in Pueblo,” Thomas added.

“We were trying to come up with some new fundraisers and I thought it would be great to get the community involved, especially since the money we raise locally stays in Pueblo County.

“This is a way for people to give back to the community by doing something they love.”

The ride begin at 9 a.m. at the General Store with two trail ride options for riders to choose.

“One is a little more up terrain and then one that is more relaxing and better for those who may be new riders,” Thomas said.

The Pueblo West trails were mapped out last week.

“I had my friend, Laure Cozzetto, help me map out the trails and then the Pueblo West Horseman’s Association agreed to help mark them,” Thomas said.

“So about 14 of us met on Saturday and spent most of the day marking the two different trails.

“The one has hills and beautiful bluff views and the second trail is for those that want a pretty ride along the Pueblo West easements.”

Lunch will be provided for the riders by the General Store and First Round Draft after the ride.

And real estate professionals will help with a watering hole on each trail.

“Hopefully this will be an annual event that local horse lovers can look forward to being a part of,” Thomas said.

Donations for the ride are $25 for single riders; $40 for couples and $55 per family from the same household.

“We are asking that there are no stallions on the ride, as well as no dogs or ponied horses or double riders,” Thomas said.

For more information, contact Ammie Thomas at 225-9961.

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