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Seniors enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides

Merv Furlong at the reins with Deni House resident Victor Bremner at his side while Williams Lake Seniors Village resident Marilyn McCarthy waves, with Deni House recreation director and adult day services co-ordinator Tamara Bush and Draft Horse Club member Cindy Jacobsen standing behind her. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Merv Furlong at the reins with Deni House resident Victor Bremner at his side while Williams Lake Seniors Village resident Marilyn McCarthy waves, with Deni House recreation director and adult day services co-ordinator Tamara Bush and Draft Horse Club member Cindy Jacobsen standing behind her.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Local seniors enjoyed horse-drawn wagon rides Monday with members of the Cariboo Draft Horse and Driving Club handling the reins.

Roy Mulvahill and Merv Furlong led the horses, while other club members, along with Citizens on Patrol volunteers, helped keep the rides flowing.

Hosted by Williams Lake Seniors Village, the event kicked off around 11 a.m. with a barbecue and musical  entertainment provided by Rosetta Paxton, Sue Goglin and Gwen Cyr.

“We had lots of help again this year,” said Seniors Village recreation director  Janet Catalano. “Care aids helped transport the patients, our recreation team was fantastic and mother/daughter volunteers Shirley and Maria Poot also came.”

Dale Martin of Tolko’s 10 Year Club was there serving chuck wagon-style food with help from cooks Kim Lloyd, Dave Sulymka, Rock and Isabel Lamont, Heather and Barry McKinney.

While the Williams Lake Lions Club donated the use of their tables and chairs, Beamac donated the food, and Tim Hortons donated the donuts.

It was fairly cool and breezy when the event started on Monday so many seniors were wrapped in blankets, and wearing hats and jackets while they waited for their turn to take a ride.

Originally a group of seniors was going to come up from 100 Mile House as well, but cancelled because of the weather, Catalano said.

 

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