Thousands of horses and riders will gallop to Lakewood Camping Resort on Wednesday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 for the 36th Annual American Heart Association Beach Ride. The Myrtle Beach camping resort will transform into a 200-acre equestrian-friendly ranch for the horses taking part in the annual event that raises money for the American Heart Association.
The Beach Ride is expecting over 1,200 riders and 2,000 participants from 23 states and Canada. This year’s ride includes folks from California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado and many other parts of the United States. Riders and participants will spend five days and four nights at Lakewood, exploring more than 20 miles of the sought after Atlantic coastline. The Beach Ride is the largest beach trail ride in South Carolina and just one of the many events held annually at Myrtle Beach’s premier camping resort.
The event will feature a number of activities for participants, including educational seminars, silent auctions, costume contest and parade for horses and riders, karaoke competition and a special church service on Sunday morning. To top it off, more than 20 vendors will be on site, including Exiss Trailers, Wild West Boot Store, Jackson’s Western Wear and internationally recognized horse trainer Julie Goodnight to offer even more excitement.
“The Beach Ride is such a unique and special event for Lakewood and the Grand Strand because it’s not every day you see horses walking on the beach, let alone hundreds of horses,” said Robert Clinger, general manager of Lakewood Camping Resort. “We’re proud to partner with such an impactful event and organization that allows people to come together and share their passion while they remember the friends and family they’ve lost to heart disease and stroke. It’s truly a special event for us to host, and we’re thankful to have continued the tradition for the past 12 years.”
Since the event’s debut, more than $4.8 million has been raised to support the American Heart Association’s cardiovascular research and education projects.
The Beach Ride is for riders and participants only, as well as Lakewood guests, and closed to the public. For more information about the 36th Annual American Heart Association Beach Ride, visit AHAbeachride.org.