Border Country Trail Riders president Vince Sherry handed over a cheque for $4500 to the Tenterfield Show Society on Wednesday, October 18 as proceeds from the 2017 October long weekend show ride.
The contribution will go towards allaying the Show Society’s $50,0000 cost of mounting the annual show.
Proceeds from the annual ride continue to climb each year as it grows in popularity. While Mr Sherry said organisers have no goal of how much they’d like to raise, each year’s donation does set a benchmark for the following year.
The future’s looking bright with the addition of motorcycles (on a different route) proving successful – growing from three participants to 12 this year – and plans underway to also include pushbikes from next year thanks to support from Regional Australia Bank. The Tenterfield Showground acts as the hub for riders of all persuasions, with its stabling, camping and catering facilities providing the ideal base.
In addition to Sheryl Wright and Sue Jurd working very long days providing meals at the showground in addition to saddlebag lunches, Nancy and Garry Pitkins’ legendary lunch at Dairy Mountain will continue to be a mainstay of the weekend, Mr Sherry said. He thanked the Pitkins along with Merv McCasker and Jan Goodwin who also provided access to their property for the ride.
“It’s a good community effort, through the Trailer Riders, Show Society, council and the farmers involved, as well as all the people supplying baked goods from home,” he said.
Tenterfield Shire Council put on the movie Dunkirk at the Tenterfield Cinema on Sunday night as a feature of the weekend.
The inclusion of pushbike riders next year spreads the appeal of the event to become a family affair, catering to riders of all definitions. Mr Sherry hinted at a few more inclusions being lined up for the next show ride, which again will be on the October long week. Next year Labour Day falls on October 1, so the ride is scheduled for September 29, 30 and October 1.
Sadly next year Mr Sherry will miss his opportunity to rib the Queensland riders over going back in time on their trip home, with daylight saving not starting until the following weekend.