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RED BLUFF – In an effort to raise funds for the national breast cancer awareness campaign Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Red Bluff Round-Up, Cocktail Cowgirls and Green Barn Whiskey Kitchen have joined forces to organize the first fundraiser River Trail Ride and Barbecue Saturday.

Riders and their horses enjoy the River Trail Ride. (Contributed)

“I had the idea for the event one night and texted it to Bruce from Whiskey Kitchen and then we decided to pitch it at Red Bluff Round-Up and here we are,” said the organizer Jayna Gipson of Cocktail Cowgirls. “It went very well and we fully intend to do it again. There will be some changes because the playbook was being written this time around, but we hope this event will bring in between 5,000 $ and $7,000 to donate to Tough Enough to Wear Pink and St. Elizabeth (Community) Hospital.

Each participant brought their own horse and chose between a two-hour river trail ride, a three-hour plateau ride, or a four-hour ride to Jed’s Overlook in the Sacramento River Bend area.

“There was great organization and it was a great race,” said Heidi Hampton, who took the four-hour race. “Snacks were delivered by boat for lunch down by the river and it was just wonderful. I will absolutely participate next year.

For those who did not have horses or preferred not to ride, a dinner-only option was available for the post-ride barbecue held at the Tehama district fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees were greeted with cocktails and entertainment from local band Haywire to wind down after their long hikes before being treated to a comforting southern dinner prepared by Green Barn Whiskey Kitchen.

According to cook Chad Ohmer, the dinner took weeks of planning and a day and a half of meal preparation for the restaurant.

“Each organization has donated a lot, so we cook the food and are happy to donate all proceeds,” said Bruce Geveden, owner of Green Barn Whiskey Kitchen. “It’s just a great way to give back to the community in any way possible.”

The dinner was accompanied by a raffle and silent auction, with prizes donated by local entities to raise even more money for fundraising. Proceeds from the event, estimated to be approximately $7,500, will be donated to Tough Enough to Wear Pink and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.

Melissa Joseph can be reached at 510-491-7151, [email protected] or on Twitter at @melisstweetz.