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Spring riding ritual to benefit SCTRF, Historic Camden

Posted: April 19, 2011 4:49 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Enjoying happy trails at last year’s Boykin Spring Fling Untimed Trail Ride were (above) Mary Lynch, Sidney Tidwell, Petie Rogers and Curtis Hodge.

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In celebration of Camden’s history and horses, the Boykin Spring Fling Untimed Trail Ride will be held at Red Bank Farm in the Boykin community from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1.

A “go-at-your-own-pace” ride, local and regional English and Western riders will follow a marked course along a pristine swamp by the Wateree River and will cross open croplands and rock quarry ponds with alligator, deer, fox, bird and waterfowl habitats.

With at least 110 horses and riders registered to date, the Boykin Co. Grille expects to serve approximately 150 guests including riders, corporate sponsors, individual sponsors, landowners and volunteers.

The Boykin Spring Fling Untimed Trail Ride was created and founded as a result of the popularity of the Boykin Fall Fling Trail Ride, held from 1997 to 2007, which benefited the Camden Hunt and the Palmetto Pony Club. As an offshoot, the Boykin Spring ride, begun in 2006, carried on the tradition of allowing riding enthusiasts to continue to enjoy Boykin farmlands.

Celebrating its sixth year this spring, the Boykin Spring Fling Trail Ride will benefit the South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (SCTRF) and Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

The SCTRF is a 100 percent privately funded 501c3 organization providing safe haven and a quality care environment -- a Second Chance program -- for inmates and retired or abandoned thoroughbreds at the Seabiscuit Stable at Wateree River Correctional Institution.

 Historic Camden opened its doors in 1970. Today the museum includes 107 acres of the original Camden town site, five historic buildings and reconstructions of some of the military fortifications and the Joseph Kershaw House, which served as British headquarters during the British occupation of 1780-1781. Since 1982, Historic Camden has been designated an affiliated area of the National Park Service. It is governed by the Historic Camden Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Camden from first inhabitation to 1825, with emphasis on Colonial Camden and the British occupation years.

For more information on the trail ride, call 432-3414.

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