Acompalia’s Alpujarra Raid

ALP Horse Raid 2015Equus Alpujarra announces second annual ‘Alpujarra Raid’ horseback event to raise funds for palliative-care charity Acompalia.

This 40-km, horse-&-rider endurance event will set off from Cádiar in La Alpujarra on the morning of 7 February, 2015

The Alpujarra Raid team has set the date for the second Alpujarra Raid, the 40-kilometre horseback endurance ride that was launched in May 2014.

This year’s Raid will once again test the teamwork of horses and riders as they complete a round trip from the Alqueria de Morayma Hotel Rural in Cádiar, along the beautiful Alpujarra mountain trails. Last year the Raid raised over €750 for Granada-based, palliative care/hospice charity Acompalia.

A ‘Raid’ is a competitive horse and rider endurance event and there will be time limits. Teams will incur penalties for going too slow or too fast, or if a horse fails the vet check. “The winning criteria will be the health, fitness and condition of the horse and the partnership of horse and rider,” said Amanda. She believes that the 40km distance is demanding but achievable for an experienced horse and rider.

Lindsay Ostervig, president of Acompalia, plans to attend the event, which sets off from 10.30-11.00 am on the morning of 7 February, “although I definitely won’t be on horseback! We’re delighted that Amanda and her team are ‘going for it’ again this year, and we’re proud to be linked to this unique and exciting event,” she said.

Lindsay went on to say that fundraising is more vital than ever, as Acompalia is constantly evolving to meet a growing need: “Acompalia’s Telephone Helpline and its Acompanion ‘buddying’ service are already helping terminally ill patients and their families in Granada and along the Costa Tropical,” she said. “Next year, we are hoping to build the first phase of our Centre in Motríl. This will provide a training room and a shop as well as a place to meet and share experiences. Clearly this depends on funds and permissions but we’re aiming to move it forward. Then we’ll need more volunteers to run the centre!”

“We’re really energised about staging this event for the second time,” said Amanda Gibbs, an experienced horsewoman and member of the Equus Alpujarra community of horse enthusiasts.

“February days in La Alpujarra usually bring bright sunshine, blue skies and clouds of almond blossom, so we’re hoping for a good turnout,” she said.

“Horses, stunning scenery and team spirit, food and drink, and all for a wonderful, worthwhile cause – it doesn’t get much better than that for lovers of the great outdoors!”

For spectators, the Acompalia Committee and the Alpujarra Raid team are planning a special day out following the horses and riders by bus.

“We’ll be offering snacks at the starting point, then tracking the riders’ route to the halfway rest stop for refreshments and a tour of the Wine Museum at Bodegas Cuatro Vientos in Murtas,” said Lesley O’Brien, head of Acompalia’s fundraising team.

“We’ll then return to the Alquería de Morayma in Cádiar to see the riders come in, and join them for an informal lunch, prize-giving and celebration,” she said.

Raid team leader Taffy O’Shaughnessy said that a Raid sweepstake will add fun and excitement to the day, “and there will be a raffle with some very worthwhile prizes.” An itinerary with full details will be published on the Alpujarra Raid and Acompalia websites and Facebook pages, in January.

For further details about the event, please call:

Taffy O’Shaughnessy on: 659 581 999 (English-speaking), email: seantaffyos@yahoo.co.uk

Nicky Fray (Spanish and English speaking) 699 048 104

For details about the Spectators’ Trip, please email Lesley O’Brien at: Lesley@acompalia.org

(News/Events: Cadiar, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

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