Pony Express Riders of Iowa will blanket the state on Good Friday as they ride and collect donations to assist Iowans with disabilities. Palo Alto County Pony Express riders will join in that effort.
For 50 years the Pony Express Riders of Iowa have dedicated their effort to provide greater opportunities for Iowans with disabilities. Each dollar raised by the Pony Express rides is directed toward the goal of helping Iowans with disabilities achieve maximum independence. Funds will benefit Easter Seals programs that assist people with disabilities.
The Good Friday ride in Palo Alto County will be held April 14.
Several groups will be out around Palo Alto County, according to Lynne Goeders, President of Palo Alto County Pony Express Riders.
A group of riders will start in Mallard at 7 a.m. with a short meeting. Part of this group will begin the relay ride to Des Moines at 7:30 a.m. The riders will camp at Jefferson on Friday night. This is called the Ride 10.
A small group Palo Alto riders will head to Ayrshire and collect donations. Another group of riders will split off and head to Curlew to collect donations. This group then travels to Ruthven, arriving at approximately 10 a.m., to parade through town on horseback collecting.
From Ruthven, the horse riders will ride mile by mile into Emmetsburg. At the five-mile corner, this group will meet up with a crew that has been in Graettinger collecting donations.
The mile by mile continues into Emmetsburg. All groups gather at the corner of Highway 18 and Airport Road.
Palo Alto County Pony Express Riders will parade through Emmetsburg with flags, between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Riders will collect donations in Emmetsburg Main Street
" I would like to thank the people of Emmetsburg that allow us to do this on Main Street," said Goeders. "The Sheriff Deputies that help us out and escort us do an amazing job. This is really a testament to the greatness of the people of Northwest Iowa!"
From Emmetsburg Palo Alto County Pony Express Riders go on to Cylinder and Whittemore, riding mile by mile on horseback.
"Ultimately, we try to ride through every town in Palo Alto County," said Goeders. "After we are done with our ride up here, we meet with the Ride 10 crew that left from Mallard, at Jefferson and camp for the night."
She added, "The next morning we start again from Jefferson and ride mile by mile into the John Deere Plant in Ankeny. At the John Deere Plant we meet with all riders from across the state. There are 12 or more rides that perform this feat all across the state. All of the Pony Express Riders of Iowa take part in the Governors Parade from Ankeny to Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines."
The Palo Alto County Pony Express Riders President noted, "I continue to be amazed at the outpouring of money, gifts and donations that are given to the Pony Express Riders. We are still raising money through the statewide ATV ticket sale. All monies collected will be donated to Camp Sunnyside on Easter Weekend."