Cummins Trek departs Cowell

TREKKERS: Natasha Kidney (Hugo Boss), Leith Holman (Maggie), Ebony Newman  (Tennessee & Tripper), Mikaela Irwin (Mallee), Kristine Grieg (Pepper), Kylie Nankivell (Charlii), Emma Trenberth (Elvis), Pearl Dessart (Ruby & Theory), Jennifer Horne (Tycoon).
TREKKERS: Natasha Kidney (Hugo Boss), Leith Holman (Maggie), Ebony Newman (Tennessee & Tripper), Mikaela Irwin (Mallee), Kristine Grieg (Pepper), Kylie Nankivell (Charlii), Emma Trenberth (Elvis), Pearl Dessart (Ruby & Theory), Jennifer Horne (Tycoon).

Towns along the coast of the Eastern Eyre Peninsula are playing host to a team of horse riders as they travel approximately 250 kilometres for mental health.

The Cummins Trek is the third of its kind and has swelled to nine riders, eleven horses and 25 support staff this year as they ride from Cowell to Port Lincoln through Cummins.

Along the way, local community organisations hold fundraising events, with sponsors and an auction and dinner in May to add to funds raised.

This year the trek is donating to Mentally Fit EP.

Trek founder Ebony Newman said the organisation was chosen for their local focus on providing free workshops to improve mental health across the region.

"With what's going on in our community EP wide... we just felt it was an important cause and they just do so much good," she said.

She said she believed horses were "good for the soul," and the trek was about sharing the joy of horseriding in a meaningful way.

The trek began on Wednesday with a visit to the Cowell Area School and will visit Port Neill Primary School on Friday.

Local riders Mikaela Irwin of Cleve and Jennifer Horne of Wharminda have joined the trek for the first time this year after following previous treks on social media.

The pair attended some training sessions with the rest of the group and have been preparing together.

"We've just been trying to help fundraise, training, helping every way we can," Ms Irwin said.

She said the trek was a "good mental, physical challenge" and allowed them to spend time with fellow horse enthusiasts while taking in the views of the Eyre Peninsula.

Communities across the region have offered their support, with a camping ban at the Cowell silos lifted especially for the event.

The Cowell Lions provided a barbecue dinner the night before the trek, and sent the team off with a breakfast on Wednesday.

The Arno Bay and Port Neill communities will host them on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Ms Newman said towns along the coast had been "amazing" with the support they had offered.

She thanked the support crew for "giving up a week of their life" to make the event happen.