IN MEMORY: After being postponed from an April date, the fifth Miles 'Casey Orchard' Memorial Trail Ride took place on October 27-28.
IN MEMORY: After being postponed from an April date, the fifth Miles 'Casey Orchard' Memorial Trail Ride took place on October 27-28. Amani Vassiliou

Trail ride honours Casey

CASEY Orchard had a deep love for cross-country motorcycling and had his heart set on the idea of a Miles trail ride.

After he died suddenly in a motorcycle crash in 2012 on his 32nd birthday, his family and the riding community were determined to make his dream a reality.

Last weekend, 196 riders throughout the region gathered for the fifth Miles Memorial Trail Ride, honouring his memory.

Corey, Loretta and Clifford Orchard at the Miles Memorial Trail Ride on Sunday October 28.
Corey, Loretta and Clifford Orchard at the Miles Memorial Trail Ride on Sunday October 28. Amani Vassiliou

"We had fellas come from as far as Cunnamulla, Emerald and Charleville to the ride,” trail master Bruce Presnell said.

"It's not a race, it's a weekend for families and anybody that wants to have fun and this year we had really good reports about the track.”

Trailmasters Ken Gray and Bruce Presnell at the Miles Memorial Trail Ride on Sunday October 28.
Trailmasters Ken Gray and Bruce Presnell at the Miles Memorial Trail Ride on Sunday October 28. Amani Vassiliou

Due to dry weather conditions, the ride was postponed from an earlier date in April and was re-organised in a short two week time frame when the rain finally came.

Cliff Orchard, Casey's father, said it was heart warming to see the supportive crowds turn up despite the short notice.

"They come every year,” Mr Orchard said.

"The other day they marched out in the mud and you couldn't get the smile off their faces, they had a wonderful time.”

Riders could tackle challenging terrain over two pee-wee tracks, one novice track and two open loops.

Loretta Orchard, Casey's mother, was humbled by the warmth that continued to be displayed by the community.

"We are in such appreciation that these guys have continued to do this as a memorial to our son.

"We know he is here with us, but it's unfortunate that Cas isn't here to enjoy it.”


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