Trail ride good family time

Edendale man Brent Shepherd, and his son Lachie (11) have travelled to the Five Forks Foothills...
Edendale man Brent Shepherd, and his son Lachie (11) have travelled to the Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride for the past five years. PHOTOS: KAYLA HODGE
A shared passion for dirt bikes is bringing one father and son closer together.

Edendale’s Brent Shepherd and his son Lachie (11) rode in various trail rides throughout Southland and Otago, and tore up the track at the Five Forks Foothills Trail Ride yesterday.

It was their fifth time at the North Otago event, and it was a good opportunity for them to spend time together.

"It’s a good father-and-son time — it’s a really well-run event," Mr Shepherd said.

Reed Stenton (6), of Weston, makes quick work on the track.
Reed Stenton (6), of Weston, makes quick work on the track.
Watching his son grow in confidence and start taking to the tracks on his own was what was was all about.

"At the start we were on family tracks, and now he’s out on the intermediate tracks. It’s watching him grown and develop, and it won’t be long before he starts getting away from his old man."

Five Forks provided a good challenge, with ever-changing tracks to keep them coming back for more.

Lachie said he loved being able to use his motorbike, while spending time with his father.

The two-day event operated under Alert Level 2 conditions on Saturday, with riders separated into groups of 100 and given separate facilities.

Weston’s Lucas Kofoed (9) hits a corner.
Weston’s Lucas Kofoed (9) hits a corner.
Event co-ordinator Jane Smith said it ran really well, and a large contingent of riders took part in yesterday’s session.

She predicted it could have been a record turnout for the trail, and she was rapt to see everyone enjoying themselves.

"We’re really please that the committee pulled this together with lots of other things being cancelled. We feel really privileged to have had it," she said.

Organisers spoke with the Ministry of Health before putting on the event, and their instructions had been amazing.

kayla.hodge@odt.co.nz

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