P.E.I. hosts horse competition

Horses from around the Maritimes trekked across the Confederation Bridge on the weekend to compete on P.E.I.

Horses from around the Maritimes trekked across the Confederation Bridge on the weekend to compete on P.E.I.

The sixth annual Gingerwood Charity Classic, the largest horse competition in the Maritimes, starts Monday in Stanhope.

Martie Murphy, who hosts the event each year in her backyard, said the competition helps build the local equine community and draws tourists to the area.

"There's a lot of families that normally don't travel together to competitions, but because we have the golf courses and we have Cavendish down the road and [the] beautiful beach just out off the back field there, we have people that ... come and make a family vacation out of it," Murphy said.

With about 130 competitors expected, Murphy said it's Gingerwood's biggest year yet.

All proceeds from the event go to the Oak Acres Children’s Camp — a summer camp in Murray River that hosts almost 500 children every year.