Horse poker run Mar. 2

Eric McCarthy
Published on February 21, 2014

Horses with sleighs line up for the start of last year’s Edmund Jack Memorial Horse Poker Run. The eighth annual run is set for Sunday, March 2. Sleighs will be leaving from 443 Back Settlement Road, near Tignish, at 2 p.m. There’s space available in most sleighs for anyone who would like to go for a sleigh ride.

NAIL POND -- Proceeds from this year’s Edmund Jack Memorial Horse Poker Run will support the Western Hospital Equipment Fund.

This is the eighth year for the event which is hosted by children and grandchildren of the late Edmund and Viola Perry. Each year they select a different charity to support.

The couple’s love for horses was well-known and is something that has been passed down to their children and grandchildren who collectively own about two dozen horses.

The horse poker run will be held on Sunday, March 2. Registration for the poker run starts at 12 noon and horse owners are reminded they must furnish proof of insurance to participate.

The single and double-horse sleighs will leave from Joey Perry’s yard, 443 Back Settlement Road in Nail Pond, just outside of Tignish, at 2 p.m. Anyone who would like to hop aboard the sleighs is welcome. For anyone who would like a shorter ride, a couple of sleighs will stay behind to provide rides in the field behind the Perry family home.

Besides the poker hands, which anyone in attendance can buy in support of the cause, there will be a 50-50 draw and raffle prizes up for grabs.

Soups, chowders and other refreshments will be available following the horse ride, and prizes for best poker hands will be awarded at that time.