2016 Rides

Registration for our 2016 rides is now open.  We have two rides again this year and hope to build on the success of the rides in previous years to help Alberta children.

Christine West with 2015 saddle

This is the 8th year for the Alberta Wish Ride, founded by Irene White and Roger Matas.  Their charity of choice is the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children in order to bring some joy into the lives of the children and their families at a very difficult time.  Roger and Irene chose to support Children's Wish because of the organization's low administration costs.  The rides have always operated on a minimal cost basis while providing a first class experience for the riders.  Costs to host the event are offset by support from community individuals and companies.  

In 2015 for example, the events hosted the riders, provided breakfast, a snack on the trail and a hot meal, had huge silent auctions, prizes and entertainment, all at a cost of about $200.  That's why, over the past seven years, they have been able to donate over $300,000 to the Children's Wish Foundation.

2015--What a Huge Year!

Two major events in 2015 for the Alberta Wish Ride plus other donations turned into a whopping donation to the Children's Wish Foundation.DSC 5390[1]
The two events, in Taber Alberta and Cypress Hills, plus a donation from a large car show in Drumheller, combined for a donaton of $86,500 to the Children’s Wish Foundation. This was the Alberta Wish Ride’s 7th year of operation.

About The Alberta Wish Ride

The Alberta Wish Ride has been operating since 2009, operating a one-day fundraising event for the Children's Wish Foundation in several locations. The day consists of an escorted horse-back ride through some great Alberta countryside, food, entertainment and prizes.

Children's Wish Foundation

 

Established in 1984, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with high-risk, life-threatening illnesses.

Since its inception, Children’s Wish has granted more than 18,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfills approximately 1000 wishes annually across Canada -- each being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child.