Ann Garard used to get around on horseback, clip-clopping along the sides of roads and through the paddocks of consenting property owners.
But modern road design - and road users - have grown steadily less accommodating of four-legged modes of transportation and today Ms Garard rides only with her Jamberoo home soil under hoof.
"There are less and less opportunities to be able to ride in the district now because our roads are so busy and a lot of people don't know the property owners and some of them are a bit averse to having riders going through," said Ms Garard, of the Illawarra Horse Trail Riders club.
"We used to have space on the sides of roads, and drivers were accustomed to having horses alongside them. It's all a little bit hairy now.
"If we can get a chance to ride through beautiful farmland and bush, we work very hard to make it happen."
Ms Garard is among club members poised to enjoy a rare outing at the weekend's Derek Readman Memorial Charity Ride, a leisurely 4½-hour walk-only affair through lush southern suburbs paddocks.
The ride, which leaves from Stoney Range Pony Club grounds at Albion Park, has been a tradition since 1998 and is named in honour of foundation member Derek Readman.
This year's ride raises money for Headway Illawarra. Today is the final day to register - for between $15 and $55 - without paying a $20 late fee.
For more information contact organisers - 0408 621875, 0438 517280 or 0417 360357.