“OMG! I Love This So Much!”: As Rider Completes Daunting 826 Miles Trip to Rescue Horses and Mental Health Charity, Equestrian Community Pours Out in Support

Published 06/02/2023, 4:12 PM EDT

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Kylie Reed, the co-founder of Hope Reins, alongside her dedicated team, completed a remarkable journey. Their 1,329-kilometer (826 miles) trip from Gympie to Longreach in support of a mental health charity has concluded, evoking a range of emotions including joy and sadness.

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The equestrian community has rallied behind their cause, providing overwhelming support throughout their endeavor. Hope Reins’ accomplishment stands as a testament to their unwavering determination and the collective power of compassion.

Equestrian’s journey raises funds for mental health services

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Hope Reins’ recent trip not only raised funds for the organization but also allocated 30 percent of the $70,000 raised, which went to Outback Futures, a nonprofit organization. The organization mainly focuses on mental health and well-being services. Co-founder Kylie Reed, explained their mission, stating to ABC News, “We rescue horses and we run free programs for people who’ve been through stuff or want to be challenged”.

Despite the difficulties faced, Reed and her team completed the journey, encountering emus, kangaroos, and prickles along the way. The support and connection with new people, as well as their stories, played a significant role in keeping them going. Finding shelter each night proved to be a challenge, with the group seeking beds wherever they could, often relying on the generosity of property owners or settling for a patch of land. Although the journey took a toll on Reed’s physical well-being, as she said “I’ve had pretty interesting pain in my hips from arthritis and I had sciatica issues … sore shoulders, and I’ve been a bit dehydrated lately — haven’t obviously drank quite enough.”

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Expressing their satisfaction, Reed stated, “We’re pretty stoked that we’ve made it and that the horses are well and happy.” While the horses involved are not ideal for a long journey as they are rescued and have been through tough times, they sure proved their value. Reed expressed immense pride in their resilience and accomplishments. She said, “But they’ve made it, and I’m really, really proud of them and all that they have achieved.” The equestrian community, too, holds Reed in high regard for her commendable work.

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People laud Kylie’s heroic journey, expressing gratitude

People from all around rallied in support of Kylie’s cause, expressing their admiration and gratitude. Comments on ABC Western Queensland’s Facebook post poured in, reflecting the widespread appreciation for her efforts. One person exclaimed, “Omg! I love this so much!” while another praised, “Well done Kylie and to your horses as well.” The journey sparked newfound awareness, as someone shared, “Wow, thank you Kylie, I never heard anything about this till now.”

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Resilience was acknowledged with a supportive comment: “Well done Kylie, tough going girl all those kilometers in the saddle.” The significance of Kylie’s endeavor was recognized with a call for more individuals like her, stating, “Gosh, now that’s a hero, we need more people like her.” The collective sentiment echoed a resounding sentiment of admiration, with one person commenting, “A mighty effort Kylie. Well done.”

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Gincy Abraham

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