Weekend trail ride benefits dream of flying for Hardin, Norborne students

By Claudia Spooner
Wright Flight of Missouri and Kansas

A Wright Flight Trail Ride weekend will be held Sept. 27-29 at the Big River Ranch in Lexington.
Wright Flight (a not-for profit, 501(3)c organization) was the brainchild of an Air Force pilot who saw the fascination that young people had with flight. He created a program that would encourage that, as well as incorporate character building.
The course recognizes several of the aviation pioneers who dealt with trial and failure and how they overcame obstacles to reach their lofty goals.
Wright Flight is a class offered to 5th and 6th grade classes in both Hardin and Norborne school districts. The classes run for nine weeks and teach aviation education and character building. Students learn to set, achieve goals and how

The Wright Flight Trail ride takes place this weekend and benefits students in Hardin and Norborne. (Submitted photo)

The Wright Flight Trail ride takes place this weekend and benefits students in Hardin and Norborne. (Submitted photo)

to deal with unsuccessful results.
They are required to set both personal and academic goals and are also expected to meet or exceed their goals by staying drug, alcohol and tobacco free
Upon successful completion of the course and having met their goals, the opportunity to fly with a private pilot in his aircraft is offered to them. Many of the students actually get to fly the plane themselves.
Wright Flight of Kansas and Missouri is offered in several schools in and around Kansas City, Columbia and the Topeka areas. The trail ride is a fundraiser to help defray the cost of fuel for the pilots who volunteer their time and equipment to provide a unique experience and a lifetime of memories to our students.
Activities planned for the trail ride weekend include a mini-clinic offered by Whitney Kincaid of the K7 Ranch.  The clinic will include handling trail obstacles and scary objects. It will be held in the arena on Friday, Sept. 27.
Registration and sign in for Saturday’s ride will run from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with the trail ride starting at 11. It’s expected to take approximately two hours.
Three groups are planned to accommodate different levels of experience. After the completion of the ride, Bob Simmons Auctions will conduct a live auction and a catered dinner by Nadler’s. Entertainment is also planned. On Sunday, Sept. 29, riders are welcome to ride the trails on their own or work in the arena.
For more information, contact Claudia Spooner at 816-510-1461 or 660-484-3506.

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