The 38th Annual American Heart Association Beach Ride will take place November 6th-10th . The event is held at Lakewood Camping Resort (www.lakewoodcampground.com). The campground is oceanfront and offers full hook up sites. You actually camp on site with your horse and ride right out of the campground onto the beach. Riders MUST have their campsites reserved before registering with the AHA.
The five day event includes vendors, a parade, karaoke, nightly entertainment, auction and concludes with a Saturday, celebratory 20 mile beach ride on the beautiful beaches of Myrtle Beach. This is the only time of year horses are allowed on the beach in Myrtle Beach city limits.
The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and raised over a quarter of a million dollars a year to fight cardiovascular research and stroke. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $200 in donations to attend (the rate increases to $225 on June 16th). Many riders raise much more than this as they, or someone they love, has been affected by heart disease or stroke. Riders who raise $1,000 are put into a drawing for a new trailer. Along with beach riding, your registration also includes a t-shirt, all AHA activities at the campground and lunch on the beach during the Saturday ride.