Giddy-up For the Cure!

Giddy-up For the Cure!

Giddy-up For the Cure!

Three-time ‘Pinkest Pony’ winners of the Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure, KaitLynn Jones and Mickey. Photo by Spectrum Photography.

Three-time ‘Pinkest Pony’ winners of the Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure, KaitLynn Jones and Mickey. Photo by Spectrum Photography.

The seventh annual Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure kicks off on Monday, October 10, at the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock.

This nine- or twelve-mile horseback trail ride directly benefits Susan G. Komen VT-NH and the local families fighting breast cancer. Vermont Rides have raised more than $300,000 to date. Seventy-five percent of that money, or $225,000, was granted to local breast cancer education, screening and treatment initiatives in Vermont and New Hampshire; the remaining 25 percent was dedicated to Komen’s global research efforts.

“The rides are colorful, up-beat, high-energy events on a serious mission,” says Lois Steele Whidden, Ride chair and three-time breast cancer survivor. “It’s a great day and a lot of fun, no question. The trail itself, through GMHA’s forests and fields, is absolutely gorgeous, especially in the fall. We award fundraising and pinkest pony awards, there are horse-themed door prizes and raffles, including an amazing handmade quilt, and have a great lunch. But we really can’t say this enough; as much fun as it is, this is how we’re able to do what we do for women fighting breast cancer – women like me, your friends, your sisters and maybe like you – right here at home.”

The Ride is a bring-your-own-horse event. Each participant pays a $25 registration fee and commits to raising a minimum of $250 (or $150 for riders ages 12 to 17). Registration fees cover the event’s expenses and are counted toward the Rider’s minimum. Get more information and register at komenvtnh.org.

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