LADY LAKE – “The Caravan,” a transcontinental horse drawn journey which kicked off in November in Murrieta, California, is set to complete its trek across the U.S. on March 14 at the Grand Oaks Resort, located at 3000 Marion County Road in Lady Lake.
The Caravan consists of 10 driven Fresian horses led by Gerard Paagman, Jerre Russo and Michael Muir, who have driven and ridden horses, ponies, mules and donkeys cross-country en route to The Grand Oaks, an equestrian resort in the northwest portion of Lake County. Muir, the great grandson of the renowned environmentalist John Muir, has multiple sclerosis and is using the trip to spread the word about Access Adventure, a therapeutic horse riding and driving club which seeks to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Throughout the four-month trip, the planned route has taken the group to the deep south, through fields, over paved and gravel roadways, into the desert, small towns and big cities, where supporters in covered wagons, horse-drawn carriages and single riders have joined along the way.
The public is invited to attend as the Caravan arrives at The Grand Oaks at 1 p.m., and meet “The Caravanners” after the closing ceremony at 2 p.m. Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell, Chairman of Lake County’s Tourist Development Council, is set to ride in one of the carriages as it crosses the finish line at The Grand Oaks. During the final leg of the trip, The Caravan will be escorted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Mounted Unit.
“Lake County’s equestrian industry is definitely on the rise, so it is no surprise that The Caravan chose to make its final stop at one of the area’s premier equestrian resorts, The Grand Oaks,” said Robert Chandler, Director of Lake County’s Economic Growth Department.
For details on The Caravan, visit www.thecaravan.me. To learn more about the Grand Oaks Resort, visit www.thegrandoaks.com. Media wishing to cover The Caravan may contact The Grand Oaks’ Event Sales & Marketing Coordinator Robyn Donnelly at 352-750-5500 ext. 250.