Ride for the Cure Nets $20,000+

Ride for the Cure Nets $20,000+

Ride for the Cure Nets $20,000+

One half of this year’s Ride for the Cure ‘Pinkest Duo,’ Jeanie Jeffers and Sparkle. Photo by Diana Nelson.

One half of this year’s Ride for the Cure ‘Pinkest Duo,’ Jeanie Jeffers and Sparkle. Photo by Diana Nelson.

Thanks to the 46 horseback riders who took part in the seventh annual Ride for the Cure and the generosity of the event’s host, the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire has raised in excess of $20,000. “In seven years, the Vermont and New Hampshire Rides have raised close to $350,000,” said Vermont Ride chair and three-time breast cancer survivor, Lois Steele Whidden. “Twenty-five percent of that money went to Komen’s breast cancer research programs, which is great. But the rest of the money – and this is why we emphasize the local impact of our events – the majority of the money stays right here, funding organizations and programs that directly help breast cancer patients and their families in our two states.”

Each adult Ride for the Cure participant committed to raising a minimum of $250 ($150 for Juniors) with prizes being awarded to the top fundraisers. Kaitlynn Jones, whose grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, took top honors for the third year in a row (her fourth time in all) as the Ride’s Platinum Rider, bringing in $2575. Perri Adams, Beth Dunklee, Andrea Hathaway-Miglorie, Kathleen Knight, Heather Hogancamp, Hailey Hogancamp and Faith Leonard were this year’s Bronze Riders, each raising at least $500. The Adult and Junior Pinkest Pony Awards went to Michelle Suker and her mount, Desi, and Kaitlynn Jones and Milo, respectively; the Pinkest Duo were Jeanie Jeffers on Sparkle and Cat Brown riding Sizzle, and the Pinkest Group award went to Sara Butler, Perri Adams and Roxanne Hannett.

“Once again I’d like to thank all our riders, GMHA, our tireless volunteers, corporate sponsors and all the companies and individuals who donated door prizes, raffle items, and food,” said Whidden. For more information, visit komenvtnh.org.

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