Harley 2007 – 22/03/2019
Sadly the most loved little horse at the Riding for the Disabled Association of Alice Springs has passed away after a battle with colic.
Harley was purchased in 2013 as a 6 year old by the Alice Springs Chapter of the Harley Owners Group in 2014 and quickly became the kid’s favourite horse to ride. He was no big horse but had a big cheeky heart. He was born in Gympie, Queensland. He will be missed by all the good folk a the RDA.
Remembering our involvement:-
Back in 2012 the Alice Springs HOG chapter received some correspondence that was discussed at our monthly meeting where the Alice Springs Riding for the Disabled (RDA) were seeking contributions in purchasing a horse for their program. Their old horse had passed away and the loss of that horse impacted their program for disabled kids to have the opportunity to ride a horse learn some basic horse riding skills and to participate in activities that other able bodied children take for granted. As it happened Alice Springs HOG had been discussing how we as a chapter could contribute to the local community in some way. And this request seemed to tick all the boxes for our members. It was local, it was an exceptionally worthy cause and as most of our members are parents and grandparents it struck a chord. So we got back in contact with them with a view to finding out what their dollar goal was. On finding out that it was around $3500 we decided that we would purchase the horse on their behalf as long as we had naming rights. Obviously Harley was our choice. They agreed and away we went. To help offset the costs of Harley the horse we did some fund raising events. The first was a show n shine which was a great kick off and we were able to purchase some additional rugs and bridles etc for Harley of course in traditional Harley Davidson colours of Black and Orange.
Christmas Light Ride:-
With a small number of the Chapter still in Alice to contend with an expected Christmas hot enough to melt the wax outta old Santa’s ears it turned into a fun night starting at the Golf Club for Sunday Dinner while we waited for Sundark O’clock. The ABC was keen to take a bit of footage thus Dobbie and I attended to the interview which may or may not air depending on the questions asked. “Where are all the light displays Dobbie?”, “Light shines out of his arrrrskeme nicely and I’ll show you”…………..
Once the light faded ’twas a jolly bunch of riders with Duktape to the front and Dobbie taking up the rear. Oh! no wait, Erin took the rear on account of not being interested in sharp turns around the Cul-de-Sac’s. The ABC followed to take advantage of our local knowledge of where the lights were at (that’s Centralian for “Lets Wing It” as no one did a pre-run) and Russ n Michelle’s family followed in a Tinsel Jeep Wrangle permitted to join only because they carried an esky with correct weight in beverages. Rolf and Di also drove on account of sending their bike on to a their new home in Chihuahua (or is it Chinchilla?). Wayback Harry’s bling bike was unrivalled tonight with lights flashing brighter than the red light district of Amsterdam.
Highlight displays were in Kempeana Crescent – make a note for next year, the Corner of Larapinta and Bradshaw and in Ridges Estate Albrecht Drive. Word was placed in the ear that at the end of Albrecht Drive a young family with a modest display had a brood of young kids keen to see the Harley’s so we dropped in to give the kiddies a treat. White toothy smiles split the moonlight like the Chestershire Cat as they took turns at sitting on bikes althewhile riders panicked about bare leglets on hot chrome pipe as we were not prepared to hear “Auld Lang Syne” in screaming symphony at this hour.
Riding for the Disabled helps people with all kinds of disabilities from Down Syndrome to Post Traumatic Shock and every thing else. For years kids have had to ride in the blazing saddles under a 40degree sun. Not anymore, local support and donations have helped the Central Australian RDA centre become the envy of Australia with this magnificent undercover riding facility.
Our sponsored horse “Harley” is a favourite amongst the kids, he has personality and likes to play and seems to like his work. A handful of members attended the opening ceremony and stayed for cake and nibbles. Ulysses Club also sponsor a horse bearing it’s name thus it is excellent to see the Motorcycle Clubs of Alice Springs getting behind this worthwhile local cause.
This years Toy Run gathered at the new starting point at the Alice Springs Golf Club. So many bikes of all shapes and sizes showed off their Christmas Bling as they led Big Al Santa astride a Honda Goldwing ridden by our oldest member Neverready. Thanks for the loan Kerry Noll it made for a comfortable posterior posie for the big fella in the 40 odd degree heat. T’was lucky I had studied the route as it was thrown on me last minute to lead the parade. The trip was cut in half this year expecting the full fury of the sun to be upon us but it was actually reasonably pleasant with the wind providing relief. The townsfolk were also cheery today as the entourage progressed through Hartley Street and Gregory Terrace then bacdk to the Golf Club for a refreshment.
A big Thanks for Coming to the Motorcycling Community of Alice Springs.
The Alice Springs Motorcycle Toy Run Route has a slight change from all other years.
Saturday 8th December Depart Golf Club 10am the ride takes this order.
Cromwell Dr -> Leichhardt Tce -> Stott Tce -> Sadadeen Rd -> Spearwood Rd -> Undoolya Rd -> Kurrajong Dr -> Undoolya Rd -> Sturt Tce -> Schwarz Cres -> Stuart Hwy -> Wills Tce -> Hartley St -> Gregory Tce -> Todd St -> Gap Rd -> Tom Brown Roundabout -> South Tce -> Stephens Rd -> Barrett Dr -> Cromwell Dr -> Golf Club