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West Sacramento Trail Riders Association riders line up in front of Station 45’s ladder truck in Southport (photo courtesy of W.S. Fire Department)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 21, 2011 –

About 25 riders on horseback from the West Sacramento Trail Riders Association trekked to Fire Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard on Dec. 11 bearing gifts.

Altogether, about 30 people affiliated with the horsemen’s club visited the station for hot chocolate and coffee. They brought along dozens of toys for a firefighters’ toy drive, earmarked for local kids whose Christmas needs a little bit of brightening.

“Station 45 served hot coffee and chocolate to the riders, and our horses were decorated for the holidays,” reported Charyl Silva, a local chiropractor and equestrienne.
How many toys did the group contribute?

“Target gave us 10 percent off our purchases and our club spent $300,” said Silva. “Individual riders also spent their own money. Altogether, it was dozens of toys.”

The toy ride is an annual holiday tradition for the group, which is based out of Southport.

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke