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IHA Poker Ride

Save the date for the Intermountain Horse Association’s Poker Ride this September 7th in Alderfer Three Sisters Park.  My son Asher and I have fond memories of the Poker Ride in 2010, as we were the winners of close to $500!  Amazingly, we had the two best hands – not bad for a seven year old and his mom who had never played poker before!  Knowledge of poker is obviously not required for this fundraiser, just the desire to get out with your horses and ride (or lead) in one of our beautiful parks.  The entry fee is put in the pot which is split between the winning hand and local non-profits.  The more entries, the more we win and support these important organizations!

Overall, IHA seeks to represent our local horse community. They sponsor monthly meetings fall – spring (starting up again this September 17th) at 6:30pm every third Tuesday at the Evergreen Beau Joes Meeting Room, relating to the latest local horse issues and information.  Plus, IHA members socialize and network with other horse people through a trail ride, clinic and two other gatherings during the year.

ERPD co-sponsors the Poker Ride with IHA and generously provides the grounds, insurance and permit.  Members register early for $25 or non-members for $30. The Poker Ride is taken completely at each rider or groups own pace.    Riders leave as they wish and return in time to turn in their hand by noon.  Asher and I sauntered along at a walk, enjoying the view and time to get out and ride together.  In 2011, he rode Summer and I lead our yearling.  Five stations are set up along the route where you draw one card per station.  Members of IHA record each pick on your own card received at registration.  When you return, your hand is tallied and the winner is determined.

While the horses rest at the trailers happily munching on hay, IHA serves participants a great lunch where the winner is announced at 12:30pm.  Sign up today for a fun ride to support local organizations and meet new horse folks!  Go to www.intermountainhorse.com for more information and “like” them on Facebook for the latest at https://www.facebook.com/IntermountainHorse.

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