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Highnoon Ride Brings Horses and Cowboys to Chicago’s Lakefront
Riders and spectators welcome as over 200 horses make the annual ride from a Southside city park to Chicago’s magnificent Lakefront and back.
By: Broken Arrow Horseback Riding Club
Riders from the Chicagoland area as well as from around North America participate in this celebration of the tradition of the American Cowboy. This event is a fundraiser for La Rabida Children’s Hospital.
Riders: Suggested donation is $20 per rider. Very Important--if you are bringing a horse, Park District regulations REQUIRE that you have your Coggins papers with you, ON SITE. Please register in advance on our website: http://brokenarrowridingclub.org/
Spectators: Come out for the day of fun and fresh air. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic. Admission is free, but donations to La Rabida Children’s Hopsital are gratefully accepted.
Broken Arrow Horseback Riding Club is registered in Illinois as a not-for-profit corporation. The Club has a strong dedication to celebrating the lifestyle of the American Cowboy, improving our community, and providing our young people with a new outlet for education and recreation. A "broken arrow" is a Native American tradition that symbolizes the breaking of an arrow with an advisory to establish peace.
The founding president, Murdock, known simply as "The Man With No First Name" started this magnificent horseback riding club in 1989. Murdock continues to lead the club as president.
According to Murdock, “For more than 40 years, I had always wished there could be a horseback riding stable and horseback riding again in the city parks, as it was years ago when I was a kid. In 1967, after returning home from the Vietnam War, the Midway riding stable located at 61st and Evans on the southside of Chicago no longer existed.
“I wondered what could be done to have horses in the city again. I found myself having to travel to the suburbs, places like Palos Hills and Tinley Park, just to go horseback riding. Nonetheless, 14 years later, I purchased my first horse--a golden Palomino who I named Famous--and the rest was history. I just believed with all my heart that something could be done to have a stable in the city again.
“That's when I decided to come up with the idea of having a trail ride through the city parks called the ‘Highnoon Ride and Picnic.’ This way, we could showcase these magnificent horses to the public with hope that someone someday with the finances would see the horses and would want to open a riding stable. I began to realize that just maybe, once people started seeing the horses every year, that somebody would eventually see that there must be a market for horseback riding in the city.”
For information about the Highnoon Ride and the Broken Arrow Horseback Riding Club, visit our website at http://www.brokenarrowridingclub.org or email email@example.com.
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