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Clarksville trail ride for charity

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More than 200 horses and their owners came pouring into Carolyn Bohner's pasture Saturday morning to kick off a two day trail ride for charity.

For more than 40 years, this group has been raising money for the juvenile diabetes research foundation. It all began when Butch Freeseman's son was born. 

"I got a son who became diabetic when he was one and a half. We started the ride in 72 in the middle of October, on the 15th and 16th. When we got ready to leave it was snowing and blowing There were only seven of us that took off that day."

Although Saturday's event got off to a rainy start, that didn't stop the riders from saddling up.

The trail ride was all about fun, but Freeseman doesn't lose sight of his goal. He says he just wants to find a cure for diabetes.

Last year the event hosted over 300 riders, raising nearly $35,000  for the juvenile diabetes research foundation. This year they're projecting similar numbers, making them the largest private donators in the state of Iowa.

Of course accommodating all of those riders can be quite the task. Freeseman says he couldn't do it without a little help from his friends.

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