By Tara Mathews
DELANO, WINSTED, MN Six volunteers from the Truhaven Ranch will embark on a 25-mile Pony Express “Ride to the rescue” from Delano to Winsted Thursday.
The riders will be wearing highly visible vests printed with Truhaven Ranch and GiveMN logos.
The ride will begin at Coborn’s in Delano at 9 a.m., and riders will ride along US Highway 12, with stops at Red’s Cafe in Montrose at 10:15 a.m.; Waverly Cafe/Mark’s Service Station at 11:15 a.m.; and The Country Store in Howard Lake at 12:30 p.m.
The ride will then turn onto Wright County Road 6 and continue along McLeod County Road 1 with a stop at the Roadhouse in Winsted at 2 p.m., and ending at the Truhaven Ranch at 3 p.m.
“We are hoping for good weather, but will ride regardless of the weather, unless we can’t do this safely for all involved,” commented Jim Jacobson, Truhaven Ranch director.
The team includes more than riders. There are teams for social media coverage, meet and greet at each station, truck and trailer transport, and graphic/video artistry, according to Jacobson.
For two weeks prior to the ride, there have been mailboxes located at every stop, with postcards and mail for the riders to pick up.
The ride is designed to raise awareness for “Give to the Max Day,” an event organized by GiveMN.
Give to the Max Day also provides not-for-profits the ability to receive matching grants for the amount of money they raise. Truhaven Ranch’s goal is to raise $10,000 Nov. 14, and it currently has $1,500 of matching grant money, Jacobson said.
Truhaven Ranch is a not-for-profit organization located at 23677 Cable Ave. in Winsted that adopts and fosters unwanted equines, along with providing services for at-risk youths.
The ranch gives youths an opportunity to develop a sense of responsibility, commitment, and confidence through providing youths the ability to care for equines.
The youths are allowed to visit the ranch up to two times Monday through Friday. The weekends are designed to be more social, with gatherings and group activities.