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Three days of riding at Roche Percee

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Mackenzie Hientz

(L to R) Ashley Weber, Cassidy Weber and Kylee Dixon were among the young participants that embarked on a trial ride in the Roche Percee area on August 8.

Horse and trail ride enthusiasts flocked to Roche Percee for the annual Roche Percee Trail Ride and Wagon Trek from August 8 to 10.

There were 127 riders who participated in all three days of the trail ride, according to event spokesperson Joyce Schlapkohl.

“Everything went very well, the trail was great, the meals were great, I never heard anybody complain about it,” she said.

Ron Sandoff and Richard Aspenlieder were the coordinators of the trail ride for the three days. They planned the route in advance.

“They do that ahead of time so that they don’t have any obstacles or water that you can’t cross,” said Schlapkohl.

Before the event, Aspenlieder injured himself and couldn’t make it out to the trail ride. It was the first time in 19 years that he wasn’t involved with the trek, according to Schlapkohl.

The ride on the 8th was just in the afternoon, as the riders were back in the evening. The following day was the longest adventure, as they left in the morning, had lunch and supper on the trail, and returned back to Roche Percee by the night.

The event concluded on the 10th, as the final ride started in the morning an ended in the afternoon,

Along with the scenery, Schlapkohl said that the riders enjoyed the weather.

“The weather was perfect, we had a little bit of wind the one afternoon but other than that it couldn’t have been better,” said Schlapkohl.

There was also a silent auction all three days. All items were donated and proceeds will go towards the new community hall. The silent auction raised $2,000, Schlapkohl said.

The trail ride is organized by the Roche Percee Recreation Board and the Souris Valley Trekkers. It attracted participants from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.


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