(A Home for Hooves/Facebook)

UPDATE: Ride for Hooves is moving indoors for 2021.

Unfortunately, Blake Swan sustained injuries in a recent crash. In order to prioritize safety for both Blake and others on the road, the ride will be moved indoors using the virtual cycling platform Zwift. 

The 400kms will be cycled on the virtual roads and the ride is anticipated to take the same amount of time as it would have outdoors.

Along with being able to watch the ride virtually, you will be able to keep updated via the Ride For Hooves Instagram stories.

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Next week, local cyclist Blake Swan will set out on a long ride for the Ride for Hooves Event, a fundraiser to support an animal sanctuary.

Swan’s journey will take 17 hours as he travels 400 km from Port McNeill to the Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary in Duncan.

A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary is Canada’s first accredited farm sanctuary which provides farm animals with a forever home that emulates a natural and enriching environment. 

The Ride for Hooves event has a fundraising goal of $10,000 which will be raised through donations of $25/km. 

All donations will go toward the purchase of a much needed tractor for the farm. 

The piece of equipment will also come with a backhoe, loader and a post hole auger. The addition of this equipment will greatly benefit the farm and the animals who live there. 

Those interested can donate here.

In addition to the Ride for Hooves Event, the sanctuary will also be holding a silent auction.

All items in the auction are vegan and cruelty free and come from local businesses and restaurants which offer vegan products and options.

Donors to the auction include B.C. Ferries, Butchart, Malahat Skywalk, The Very Good Butchers, Bear and Joey, Il Terrazzo, Fern Cafe, Dumpling Drop, Soupa, Belle General as well as local artists.

You can view the list of auction items here.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 13th via the sanctuary’s Facebook page. 

At the time of publication, the cause had raised $4,191 of its $10,000 goal, with donations coming in from all over British Columbia.

Ride for Hooves Event

  • When: Saturday, September 18th
  • Donation: $25/km
  • How to donate: Visit the donation page here

Silent Auction: 

  • Where: Facebook. The link to silent auction can be found here.
  • When: Auction begins at 10 a.m., Monday, September 13th

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