Arboretum hosts St. Jude Trail Ride

Fred and Lorraine Borsum, regular St Jude trail ride participants, arrive first to Puu Mahoe. Sixty riders on some of Maui’s finest horses along with a crew on ATVs responsible for gates, and the lunch wagon caravan — a total of 85 participants — made for a most successful St Jude Ride.

Maui’s 27th annual “Saddle Up” St. Jude Trail Ride on Sept. 29 raised more than $22,000 in donations for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee.

The 10-mile ride with 60 horses and riders began on Thompson Road through OW Ranch and Ulupalakua Ranch to the Fleming Arboretum at Puu Mahoe for a cowboy lunch by John Thompson, a live auction including native trees, and music by Randall Rospond of The Haiku Hillbillys.

“The event was made possible by generous donations from the Maui Cattle Co.; Maui Soda; Mike Vida of Feed & Farm; Ulupalakua, Haleakala and OW ranches; all of our participants; and those who generously donated for the kids at St. Jude,” said Jerry Thompson of Thompson Ranch, Maui’s Saddle Up founder.

The Thompson family has organized Maui’s St. Jude Trail ride since 1992, generating more than $382,000 total in donations.

All funds donated go directly to helping these children who have cancer and other serious illnesses. Mony raised go to cover such things as medical bills, airfare for the patient and family members, hotel rooms, food and more.