Route dispute during the weekend won’t keep charity beach horse ride from returning to sand in 2015

The American Heart Association’s Beach Ride will return to the saddle next fall.

Despite a dispute with Horry County officials that prematurely ended Saturday’s event, the ride’s organizer said the 34th annual trot on the strand is still a go.

“It caused a few hiccups,” ride leader Gina Burroughs said of this year’s disrupted journey. “But we’re excited to go back to our original route.”

The charitable jockeys typically begin their ride at Lakewood Camping Resort and continue north for 10 miles before turning around and heading back to the campground. This year, Burroughs said, the city of Myrtle Beach told them the usual route wouldn’t work because of an outfall project on the city’s beach. No riders were to travel beyond Second Avenue North.