By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – An equestrian poker run raised $6959 for the local Heart & Stroke Foundation. The fourth annual Hoofbeats for Heart event featured a parade of horses with clever costumes inspired by Heart & Stroke colours.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation held its fourth annual Hoofbeats for Heart this month. A Poker Run sent participants on a friendly and competitive adventure that raised $6959.
Dianne Finnerty and Lori Green won the award for best representation of Heart & Stroke. They carried flags throughout the event in memory of Finnerty’s brother Lee Allan Jones.
“Riding, a little competition, and camaraderie went hand in hand when it came to this charity event,” said Caroline Lajoie, Heart & Stroke Foundation volunteer. “A nice meal of hot chili served by friendly faces did not hurt either.”
Hoofbeats for Heart organizer Tammy Donnelly-Munroe started the fundraiser to help further the Heart & Stroke education and research programs.
Playing cards were handed out to participants at specific checkpoints while enjoying scenic trails at Guindon Park. The Poker Ride is based on the best hand.
It continues to be a draw for dedicated participants while attracting new riders.
“As we know, it takes many hands to help organize such an event but a lot of people volunteered and made a difference in their community,” said Lajoie.
Other winners included: Debbie Labrie, Dianne Linttell, and Dr. Ingrid Bill who shared first place, while John Hodgson & Amanda MacIntosh took second. The third position went to Vera Menard and Liane Beauchemin-Tieman. Fourth place winners were Natascha and Rachelle Cleroux. Fifth went to Elena Richard and Anna Kinloc and, last but not least, Chantal and Patrick Bedard took sixth place. The prize for the most outrageous pair went to Chris Lang and Sharon Ferlotte. Top fundraisers: Dianne Finnerty & Lori Green: $870, Rose Huxted $475 and Pamela Jackman $460.