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13th Annual New Year's Day Horseback Ride "leaves 2020 in the dust"

The Annual New Year's Day Horseback Ride started 13 years ago with only two people. Today, over 100 rode
Posted at 6:54 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 23:42:30-05

PENROSE — Horseback riders from all over Colorado spent their first morning of 2021 in Penrose, trotting their way into the new year.

An event that started 13 years ago with just two people has now become a tradition for over 100 horses and their owners.

The ride was not limited only to horses either.

"He's going to be running today and out there to kiss 2020 goodbye!" said one woman who brought her donkey with her.

The event requires a $5.00 donation to ride and all of the proceeds go to the Colorado Horse Rescue Network. According to riders today, it's a group that has struggled throughout 2020 because of how many owners struggled to keep their horses fed.

"They didn't have the facility to facilitate all the horses coming in," said one rider. "Hopefully, that doesn't happen in 2021!"

This year's flier for the event reads "Let's Leave 2020 in the Dust!" and that's exactly how the event's organizer feels.

"I'm just hoping that things get back to the way they're supposed to be," said Heath Marshall, the Event Organizer, when discussing what he wants to see happen in 2021.

If you could not make it out to donate at the event today, there are other ways to help the Colorado Horse Rescue Network. You can find lots of resources to donate on their Facebook page or website!