The Ride for the Rescue poker run event benefitting Tim Travis’ horse rescue project, Equine Advocates of the Felicianas, included about 60 riders on motorcycles and additional participants.

The Oct. 4 ride left from Zachary, taking riders through the rolling hills of the Felicianas and back.

Following a registration period at Teddy’s Juke Joint in Zachary, the run’s starting point and sponsor for the event, riders had five chances to build their poker hand, each taking place at designated stops along the way.

Bikers took off at 10 a.m. for stops at Jets Chevron in Clinton, Danny’s to Go in Ethel, the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, Centenary State Historic Site, also in Jackson, and Que Pasa restaurant in St. Francisville.

At the run’s conclusion, a grand prize of $300 for the best poker hand was won by Becky Torres, and a $20 gift certificate to an area restaurant was awarded to Bill Honeycutt for having the worst hand.

In addition, Jason Bourge won the honor of loudest bike; Tom Floyd won best show bike; and Bo Hutson and his mother, Allie, won for first bike to return to Teddy’s Juke Joint.

A jambalaya dinner was served to riders and event T-shirts sold.

Travis organized the poker run. “This event and everyone participating in it really means a lot to me,” Travis said. “With the funds raised we were able to purchase hay for the entire winter.”

Travis said $1,500 was raised, with some of the funds paying for expenses associated with the event.

Travis says his goal is not to have to rescue any more horses, but that would mean none are being neglected, he said.

Travis started Equine Advocates of the Felicianas in 2011 to rescue abused and neglected horses in East and West Feliciana parishes.

After locating horses in need, Travis donates his time and money nourishing the horses back to health and finds new homes for the horses.

His organization also provides court testimony against those charged with neglect, he said.