One of Weddin Shire’s premier events, the 2018 Weddin Mountain Muster has raised close to $3500 for the Royal Far West.
The muster rain from September 30 to October 5 and has been described by organisers as a “roaring success”.
One hundred and ten registered riders were in attendance from all over the country with Don Robinson saying some travelled from as far as Alice Springs and Sale in Victoria to attend.
“We had many regular attendees, some of whom have been on the muster up to 10 times,” Mr Robinson said.
This year’s musterers rode trails through Eualdrie, Bogolong, took part in the town ride on Wednesday, Quondong and Bald Hills.
“Every ride was enjoyed by those who participated,” Don said, thanking property owners who allow the muster to ride through their properties.
“And thanks to all the locals who made donations during the town ride, handing over their hard earned cash to help our volunteers raise money for the Children’s Far West Grenfell branch.
"A group of ladies who are known as the Paint Girls participate each year and they have made it their business to raise as much money as they can for a local charity over the last two years.
“Last year the CanAssist group benefited from their efforts and this year were were pleased to donate to the Far West.
“Many people contributed.
“Brian Atfield, a horse chiropractor donated $800, Mel Lane volunteered to run a recycling program over the week and raised $170.
“Another participant made a beautiful blanket which was part of the raffle.
“Kathleen Vanhoff donated a winner’s ribbon won by the famous Winx, which attracted a bid of $65.
“Lee Wear ran a cupcake day at her place of employment and raised an amazing $600.
“With raffle tickets sold we were able to present the Far West committee with over $3400, a great effort by all involved,” Mr Robinson said.
The Wedding Muster Group has thanked local businesses for their support with prizes and donations and also Weddin Shire Council for its support providing mobile toilets, a water cart and extra rubbish bins at the showground.
This year, working in conjunction and cohesively with the Showground Trust and PAH and I committee, the Muster committee, Mr Robinson said, hopes to be able to fund the upgrade of a number of stables at the showground for the benefit of all who use the facility.
“Many thanks to all the committee and volunteers who gave up a lot of time and put in great efforts to make the 2018 muster the success it was,” Mr Robinson said.
“The event is becoming one of the premier events held in the Weddin Shire, and is widely recognised in horse riding circles as one of the most popular and prestigious trail riding events in Australia.”