Trail ride set for Sunday

Published 4:58 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It’s time to hit the trail for fun and to benefit special needs students in Covington County. The sixth annual special needs trail ride hosted by the Covington Cowgirls Drill Team is set for Sun., Nov. 11 in the Geneva State Forest.

“Just like past rides, sign-in is at 8 a.m.,” said Tricia Courson, drill team director. “Then the ride begins at 9 a.m., and there is also an afternoon trail ride that begins at 1 p.m.”

Since it is taking place on a Sunday, there will be cowboy church at the lake before the morning ride begins. There are door prizes for the first 20 who sign up to ride and there are other giveaways throughout the trail ride. Riders also enjoy a lunch provided by the drill team.

To reach the Geneva State Forest from Andalusia turn onto Highway 52 in Opp and then turn right onto Highway 54. Take another right after crossing the bridge and follow the signs to the lake or take U. S. Highway 331 to Bethel Church Road.

The drill team suggests a donation of $10 per person and $25 per family for participation in the ride. Courson said past trail rides raised money for a worthy cause and were a lot of fun for everyone who participated

“There are miles of beautiful trails and it is a perfect time of year to be out enjoying them,” Courson said, “The state forest is just a great setting for this ride.”

All of the trail ride donations support special needs children in Covington County and past rides have been successful thanks to community support Courson said. The group also hosts a St. Jude’s Trail ride in the spring each year

“The donations from the trail rides have allowed us to make donations that helped local special needs classes,” Courson said. “With the exception of the St. Jude’s trail ride, the proceeds from everything we do stay in Covington County.”

Special guests at this year’s ride are members of Geneva State Forest Stakeholders, a volunteer organization that is working to preserve the forest.

“This group works to promote our forest,” Courson said. “They will be available at our ride to answer questions and they will have membership applications.

“Even If you aren’t a rider but love the forest, fishing, camping, hiking, atv riding, hunting, please come out, eat lunch and learn from them how you can help grow and promote Geneva State Forest.”

If someone does not wish to participate in the trail ride but wants to support the special needs project, the drill team accepts donations. For more information or to make a donation, call Donna Jones at 334-493-6730. Those interested can also contact Tricia Courson at 334-208-2106 or any drill team member.

“We expect this to be another great trail ride,” Courson said, “We just want everyone to come out, and have fun while supporting a great cause.”