Ride on the Rez takes to the trails for 9th year Sept. 28

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Wranglers Brad Bailey, left, and Steve Silkotch watch as the riders gather to begin the eighth annual Ride on the Rez fundraiser in 2018. Diane Sieker photo

Fall has arrived and with it the much-anticipated ninth annual Ride on the Rez, a fundraising trail ride and cowboy barbecue benefiting the Anza Valley Christian School. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28.

Last year, 35 riders participated in the event, led by four experienced wranglers on the scenic trail along the valleys and ridges of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. Steve Silkotch Jr., Tom Parr, Brad Bailey and Bobbie Harris guided both novices and seasoned riders along the trails.

After the ride, more than 150 dinners were served to cowboys and girls, spectators and event supporters.

The 2019 ride will also include the customary barbecue dinner, with prices for the dinners starting at $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The ride, lunch and dinner is offered at $40 per person. RSVPs were needed by Sept. 22.

The ride will leave from the Costo ranch on Terwilliger Road at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Musical entertainment for the dinner will be provided by Chris Cherrington.

The food festivities will include homemade sides and desserts. Raffles, a dessert auction and more will be offered.

The ride is sponsored by the Anza Electric Cooperative Inc., Anza True Value Hardware, Valley Auto, the Costo Ranch and Cjerry Tree Service.

All proceeds go to benefit the Anza Valley Christian School.

For more information, call Renette Davies at (951) 763-5655 or Tom and Diane Parr at (951) 294-0293.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.