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The High Sheriff rides into town in Frieth
THE thought of a sheriff riding horseback into town may conjure images of the wild west.
Yet Frieth provided the setting for the last part of an epic tour by Buckinghamshire's High Sheriff, which was a far cry from a gun toting cowboy movie.
Carolyn Cumming strode into the former nun's convent at St Katharines in Parmoor, as she neared the last leg of her vast animal assisted trek.
She undertook the journey from Olney, north Bucks, to Burnham Beeches, in the south between September 16 and 23, to follow a long running sheriff tradition. In the past, as one of their responsibilities, high sheriffs should care for the well-being and protection of High Court judges.
Mrs Cumming said: "Taking in consideration the Olympic year I thought a sporting challenge would be appropriate and horseback riding was a tradition among high sheriffs when protecting the judges, so it was a way to keep it alive.
"I used to horse ride a lot as a child and as a young adult. So I thought I would challenge myself whilst raising money for a very important organisation."
Cash she raised is going to the the Bucks Community Foundation and through the Community First endowment match scheme this will be matched by an extra 50 per cent from the government.
The ride involved five horses and 22 stop off points.
Mrs Cumming was accompanied at all times of at least another two riders and each day they covered an area of 15 miles.
In her eight-day journey, Mrs Cumming said the generosity and enthusiasm of all people she met was what most impressed her.
"And horseback riding gave me a unique perspective of our landscape and economic activities," she added.
Mrs Cumming, who has been a resident of Maids Moreton since 1979, took her oath as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in April at the Aylesbury Crown Court.
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