A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the Children’s Wish Ride in Barnhartvale, just outside of Kamloops. “The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada works with the community to provide children living with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish.” I would have participated, but my horses had not yet arrived from Alberta (they are here now though, and I am thrilled — I will share some photos of them soon). However, I was there at the end of the ride to take headshots of the many lovely horses who, along with their humans, helped to raise over $9,500 for the Children’s Wish Foundation — wow! I donated a private photography session as a silent auction item, as well as committing to donate 50% of the proceeds from the print sales of the photos I took at the ride. :)

The ride was well-attended by about 50 people.

One of the ride organizers, Kathie, stayed back at the starting point along with her two beautiful and attentive dogs.

It wasn’t long before the riders started returning at about 2pm, having headed out at 10am.

Hugs and kisses abounded for the wonderful mounts. :)

One lady was riding a Friesian, and her partner had a white Percheron-cross who was of similar build. They’re obviously good buddies!

This sweet paint mare had a real babydoll face.

I’m guessing this is the dad of the pony’s rider. ;)

This group of mounts included two mules.
“I think I’m going to switch to all mules!”, the owner exclaimed, touting their surefootedness and soundness.

This Canadian horse cross was another in the group. I hear they’re quite hardy as well!

You can see all of the photos I took here, and while you’re at it, have a look at the CWF’s website or Facebook group to learn more about this worthy organization.

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