The preparations are well underway for the annual Roche Percee Trail Ride and Wagon Trek – an August 8 to 10 event that is being organized by the Souris Valley Trekkers and the Roche Percee Recreation Board.
Spokesperson Joyce Schlapkohl said participants will enjoy a ride each day that will be anywhere from 16 to 32 kilometres. Other activities will also be offered.
The ride on August 8 will depart Roche Percee at 1 p.m. Supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. A social will follow.
The busiest day is August 9. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., and the ride leaves at 9 a.m. It'll be the longest ride of the three. Lunch will be taken out on the trail.
Supper is at 6:30 p.m. and a family dance will occur at 8:30 p.m.
The final day kicks off with a worship service at 8:30 a.m. and brunch is 30 minutes later. The trail ride starts at 10:30 a.m. and supper will be at 4 p.m.
Schlapkohl said registrations are coming in, and they typically soar during the final week before the ride.
"We usually have anywhere from 100 to 200 people on each ride," said Schlapkohl.
Meal vouchers are available for an extra cost.
Those who embark on each trail ride will view some stunning scenery, she said.
"It's in the valley, and we have a couple of gentlemen who plan the trails, and they do an excellent job of it," she said.
They try to ride through different areas each year, she said, but that is dependent on the amount of water in the area. The area along the Souris River is among the locations they to incorporate into the ride.
Participants travel at a relatively leisurely pace, she said, so they don't have to worry about wearing out the horses.
All children under the age of 18 have to wear an approved equestrian riding helmet.