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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announces that the second annual Ride for the Rescues Benefit Ride is set for September 25 at Mercer County Park Commission’s Equestrian Center in Pennington.

Ride for the Rescues is sponsored by the NJ Horse Council and Hoofing2Help, and their goal is to raise awareness of local rescues, congratulate riders on their continuing responsible horse ownership, and raise money for local horse rescue organizations and the NJHC grants program.

The event features a 6- to 8-mile trail ride over groomed trails of the Equestrian Center’s woods and open fields, through Rosedale Park, and Mercer Meadows. There also will be an optional jeopardy challenge on the ride for those who enjoy trivia. For those who prefer to “game,” Deborah Greer and her Suffolk Stables Volunteer Corps will offer a day of gymkhana games in the ring. Following will be a round of bidding at the silent auction and fabulous food from Coyote Crossing.

Funds are raised with a base fee for the trail ride of $40 per rider. Or $40 will get you a day of gymkhana games or you can do them individually for $5 per game. Riders are encouraged to ‘beat the base’ by raising as much additional sponsorship funds as they can, which they can direct either to Ride for the Rescues to share among all the partner charities or to the riders participating charity of choice.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and riders are reminded they will need proof of negative coggins to register. The trail is open to ride at 9 a.m. with the last group leaving at noon. The gymkhana is expected to run from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m., and the silent auction will be open until 3 p.m. to give riders plenty of time to bid. There are ribbons and awards for the gymkhana and participation ribbons for all. Participating Horse Charities are South Jersey TB Rescue, Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, Oasis Animal Sanctuary, Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, Riding High Farm, Handicapped High Riders, and the NJ Horse Council Foundation.

For more information, visit www.njhorsecouncil.com/benefitride.htm.