Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Unless you are going to raise a substantial amount of money I think it is a bit strange to split it between charities, because the amount they will get in the end is probably going to be inconsequential when you consider how much horses cost. If this ride is successful you could always plan for more in the future, and donate to a different charity each time.
Maybe instead of donating money, you can find out what the charities need (ie. food, rugs, buckets etc.) and either use the money gained from the ride to purchase these things, or people can donate the actual items. If you used the money donated from the ride perhaps you can get a slight discount with one of the feed stores or something. That way everyone knows where the money has gone, and I don't know, to me it sounds better. I'm always hesitant to give money, especially if the event isn't run by a popular charity, but if I were asked to donate a bag or two of chaff, or some hay or something I'd feel a lot better doing that. Maybe some businesses would also be willing to donate some money if you hung up some signs of theirs.