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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.
"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.
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.