Giddy-up For the Cure!
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.