Community event brings nature & animal lovers together to help raise funds for local horse rescue.


Community event brings nature & animal lovers together to help raise funds for local horse rescue.

(Central Oregon) –  Mustangs To The Rescue, in partnership with the Ochoco National Forest, would like to invite the public to join them in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Bandit Springs Trails Weekend at Corral Flats in the Ochoco National Forest, July 10, 11 and 12, 2015. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Over the last 25 years, hundreds of endurance riders from the Pacific Northwest and beyond have traveled to Central Oregon’s stunning Ochoco National Forest to compete in long distance (25-100 mile) horseback trail rides.

“Last year we added some new activities for non-endurance riders and this year we’ve added events the whole family can enjoy, no horse needed” said Kate Beardsley, Executive Director of Mustangs To The Rescue and Event Organizer.

The community event showcases the competitive side of trail riding to the broader community; increasing awareness regarding the sport of trail riding as one of many recreational choices we have here in Central Oregon.

“We hope these fun activities foster an appreciation of our public lands and encourage responsible recreation on Central Oregon’s multiple use trails”

In addition to the endurance rides, the event consists of three days of fun-filled activities for novice and experienced horseback riders, families, hikers, runners, and outdoor enthusiasts who will get unique opportunities to enjoy some well-marked trails through the pristine forest and meadows of the Ochocos.

The fun starts on Friday afternoon, July 10th, with a trail challenge for horseback riders, followed by the endurance rides on July 11th and 12th. For those that want to burn additional calories there is also a Ride & Tie event on July 11th & 12th where a team of runners take turns running and riding a single horse. On July 11th is an Obstacle Challenge event in which participants can choose to either ride or lead their horse or both through a series of trail obstacles.

Sunday, July 12th, features a Pancake Breakfast and a unique event for hikers and riders called the Bandit Springs Poker Ride & Stride. It is similar to a Poker Ride for horseback riders, with some added twists; following a short route, hikers, dog walkers, and riders will collect poker chips as they travel and encounter several entertaining and educational stations. Stations for adults and children include responsible trail use, geology, wild horses, outdoor safety, geocaching, wildflower and plant identification, local history and lore.  Participants will receive prizes based on the chips they collect.

The Ride & Stride is a grand opportunity for all members of our community to share the trails together while exploring the magic of the Ochocos.

For more information about the event go to the Mustangs to the Rescue web page: or call 541-330-8943



About Mustangs To The Rescue: Mustangs to the Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit, is an all-breed equine rescue and rehabilitation organization, that focuses on giving horses (and their owners) the skills they need to ensure safe and secure homes.

Located in beautiful Central Oregon, just outside the town of Sisters, Oregon; Mustangs to the Rescue was founded in 2012 in order to provide the care, rehabilitation, training and rehoming of unwanted, abused and neglected horses.