Children and adults began saddling up early Saturday morning for what would turn out to be a beautiful day for the 13 mile ride along the banks of the Spring River.
Trailmaster and host Adam Zeiger opened his ranch, home and arena to riders from Pocahontas, Ravenden, Hardy, Ash Flat and the surrounding area.
After the ride, participants were treated to a meal provided by Price Chopper, Beach Club Barbecue, Downhome restaurant and Ralph and Bea Sharp.
Marsha Hausmann, a spokesman for the event said, "Adam has been such a great host." Many camped out and enjoyed games in the large arena after the ride.
About $2,000 was raised for St. Jude, with 100 percent of the donations going to the hospital.
Zeiger said he would like to make the trail ride an annual event.
Zeiger and event organizer Bea Sharp would like to thank everyone for their support of the ride and hope to make next year bigger and better.
St. Jude is a world renowned cancer research hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas in 1962.
When Thomas opened the doors he was not just changing the lives of children who would walk through its doors--he was changing lives across the world.
St. Jude completed its $1 billion, five-year expansion in 2005, bolstering the hospital's efforts to find cures for catastrophic diseases of childhood.
The growth more than doubled the size of the hospital's original campus.
The expansion included the Children's GMP, LLC--the nation's only pediatric research center on-site facility for production of highly specialized treatments and vaccines--an expanded Department of Immunology and more.
Now with the addition of the Chili's Care Center, a larger, rejuvenated Kay Kafe cafeteria for employees and patients, and renovations to the medicine room and rehabilitation areas, the hospital is more poised than ever to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
All money donated to St. Jude's is used for research and educational programs.