Horse sense

There are many creative ways to raise money for your community and I recently had the privilege of participating in an authentically Costa Rican event to raise money for local causes.

cabalgata group

A ‘Cabalgada’ is a weekend gathering where local families get together in a group trail ride with the registration charge used towards their fundraising efforts. I was thrilled to take part with around 50 other riders in a three hour trek across mountain trails. We fortified ourselves prior to the cabalgada with a snack at a bar in a modest community centre and finished with a meal and dance in the field!

Cabalgata Cowboys mosey up to the bar

Cabalgata Cowboys mosey up to the bar

All ages participated in the festive, day long party and those of us who rode our horses paraded through the party-goers like conquistadors at the beginning and end – what a rush.

Dancing in the field!

Dancing in the field!

It was nothing fancy, not in the guidebook and such a delight to be part of – life is so enriched by these kind of special encounters. With the sound of Spanish music filling the air we rode off home into a glowing full moon instead of  a sunset! Perfecto!

Yours truly sporting her number.

Yours truly sporting her number.

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17 Responses to Horse sense

  1. Nancy says:

    Neat post… how fun for you!

  2. sueslaght says:

    I love your spirit of adventure and giving back to the community at the same time. Great post!

  3. Sheryl says:

    It looks like an awesome event. What a fun way to raise money for the community!

  4. Wendy Fries says:

    Looks and sounds as though we should travel with you more often. P.S. I thought perhaps the number on your back was your age.

  5. Cheryl Kryzaniwsky says:

    Sounds like an amazing experience and so good to veer from the guidebook events. Questions abound – did they have gluten free; did you dance; is your bum sore?

    • Yes, no and no! A lot of the CR food is gluten free – lots of rice and beans, salads and meat so no problem there. It is quite hard to dance elegantly in a field although next time I think I’ll give it a go anyway!

  6. joannesisco says:

    What a unique and amazing memory! It sounds exactly like the kind of thing I would like to do!

  7. Amazing! What a great way to spend a day. Looks like so much fun!

  8. Gallivanta says:

    What a great and enjoyable way to raise funds. I am fascinated by all the gear on the belts. And the hats are great too.

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