The effects of the Pilot Fire that began at Silverwood Lake on Aug. 6 will no doubt linger for quite some time. One recent development was the postponement of the Western Heritage Foundation’s 5th Annual Trail Ride and BBQ that was set to take place on Aug. 13 in Summit Valley’s Las Flores Ranch.
But all has not been lost. According to Barbara Betterley, event coordinator for the WHF, the philanthropic event has been rescheduled for March 11, with gates opening at 8 a.m.
“The fire knocked out all of the electricity at the ranch and at this point, the whole area has been blocked off,” said Betterley. “Beyond that, the air quality is very poor right now and many residents in that area have been greatly impacted.
“But I believe things happen for a reason and we’re hoping that by having the trail ride in the much cooler month of March, we’ll have an even bigger turnout.”
Betterley said WHF’s Trail Ride will serve as a fundraiser for student scholarships in local law enforcement and agricultural education.
In addition to the ride itself, the event will feature a Western-style barbecue meal, featuring pork, chicken and an array of salads and other fixings. A live auction offering Western art, commemorative silver pieces and other unique items also will be part of the festivities.
Local resident Earl Graham, who starred on five television episodes of AE’s “Storage Wars” in 2013, will be the auctioneer.
Betterley said a selection of prizes are set to be raffled off, including tickets to Santa Anita Race Track, as well as baskets filled with Western-themed merchandise, garden supplies and more.
“Everyone who signed on for the August date is still on board,” said Betterley. “And that includes our musical guest, singer/songwriter Greg Grisafe, who we just love.
“We were all very disappointed the event had to be postponed but are looking forward to bringing it to the High Desert in March.”
Admission to the Trail Ride and all of its festivities is $40 for adults and free for youngsters ages 12 and under. Betterley said attendees are welcome to bring their own horses and those who do not own a horse will have the opportunity to rent one. She recommends riders wear long pants, a light, long-sleeved shirt and leather boots or shoes.
Riders must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call 760-881-5752, ext. 239, or visit www.wabetterleyfoundation.org