Range Riders to visit Westside on horseback twice in June
The intent is to foster "more involvement" with the Westside, according to Greg Budwine, the Pikes Peak region ride director.
- June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. A carriage drawn by two horses will amble from the downtown to Old Colorado City, spreading the word about the annual Street Breakfast/Range Ride June 21 as well as the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center July 12-15.
According to PPRR co-organizer Gary Guagenti, the day's activities will start downtown at the Pioneers Museum at 11 a.m., featuring Mayor John Suthers and selling tokens for the Street Breakfast.
- June 21, from about 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Consisting of some 200 people on horseback, the Range Ride contingent will leave the Street Breakfast downtown and parade west on the avenue to 31st Street, continuing from there into Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
The streets the riders take will be reduced to one lane each way to make room.
This will be the third time since 2011 that the post-breakfast PPRR participants have come up the avenue. Later in the morning, they will trailer their horses for the official Range Ride, which uses various trails and camping locations outside the city over a five-day span.
The ride was started in 1949 as a way to publicize the rodeo, which is promoted by the Pikes Peak or Bust Foundation to raise money for military charities.
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