Ride for Cure Raises Over $40,000

Ride for Cure Raises Over $40,000

Ride for Cure Raises Over $40,000

KaitLynn Jones, 2013 Gold Rider and Youth Pinkest Horse Winner, on Mikey. John Miller, Spectrum Photography.

KaitLynn Jones, 2013 Gold Rider and Youth Pinkest Horse Winner, on Mikey. John Miller, Spectrum Photography.

Thanks to the 91 riders who took part in last month’s Ride for the Cure, and the generosity of the event’s host, the Green Mountain Horse Association, Susan G. Komen  VT-NH has raised in excess of $40,000. Lois Steele Whidden, Chair and three-time breast cancer survivor, pointed out, “It’s important to remember that 75% of all of the money raised at the Ride will stay in Vermont and New Hampshire and be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining funds,” she said, “goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national and international research programs.”

Each participant committed to raise and donate a minimum of $250 with many riders going above and beyond. Christine Giddings, took top honors as the Ride’s Platinum Rider for the second year in a row, bringing in $2200. Gold Riders KaitLynn Jones, Ken Lady and Alice Ryan all raised over $1,000 (KaitLynn  also snagged Youth Pinkest Horse prize, just as she did last year).   Silver Riders Meghan Curtin and Katherine Lawton raised over $750 each; Bronze Riders raising over $500 each were Diane Grube, Jessica Hempfling, Megan Jenks, Lisa Moul, Michelle Osgood, Jeanne Silkworth, Pamela Sorton, Amy Stark and Brande Wood.  Angie Reynolds won the Adult Pinkest Horse category; Michelle and Emily Osgood and Liza Lynaugh and Deanna Kern tied for Pinkest Duo. The efforts of Kelly Cyr, from Danville, Vt., deserve special praise. For her High School Senior Community Service Project, Kelly put together a 50-class horse show, dubbed “A Show for the Cure,” with raffles and games with the goal of raising $1,000 but, when all was said and done, she presented Komen VT-NH with a check for $2,835. For information on the Vermont Ride and to learn of other local efforts to find a cure for breast cancer, visit komenvtnh.org.

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