This is the sixth year I am participating in Ride for Life, and it gets bigger and better each year. While I am riding in memory of and collecting donations to honor my first dressage instructor, Joy Court, who we lost to breast cancer in 1997 - this year, I am also riding in support of a current breast cancer fighter. One of the things that always strikes me about competing in Ride for Life is that it gets people talking about breast cancer. In telling people about the event and asking for donations, you learn that breast cancer has effected everyone in some way. This year, a wonderful friend from college, Sylvia, who is an faithful annual supporter of the event asked me to do her a favor at the show... take a picture for her friend April, a 35 year old woman diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer this spring. April has an honest and inspirational blog here you might enjoy reading. And so, I have put together a team of riders - Kerry, Erica, Kimber, and myself - who are "Team April". While we each have special people in our own lives for whom we are riding in memory or honor of, April's fight is the sort of unfathomable devastation of this disease that we are all unified against and so it made perfect sense for the name of our team. If you make it out to the event this weekend, keep watch for us in our (ummm, tacky) bright hot pink sashes that say "Team April"!
|Joy Court, my first dressage instructor, was lost to breast cancer in 1997|
And the event details:
Saturday & Sunday June 23-24 at the Prince George's Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, MD
Katchi ride times: 8:24 am Saturday; 11:28 Sunday (both in ring 5, just East and up the hill from the new large covered ring).
Dancing Horse Challenge Saturday night 6:30p-8:30p in the air conditioned coliseum. $25 admission at the door. Silent auction, wine, shopping, and dancing horses = FUN!
If you would like to make a donation to the event, please be sure to include my name "Cherie Chauvin" to apply to my high pledge goals. THANK YOU!
|Katchi & Ribbons - R4L 2011|
|And 2010 - sensing a theme here??|
Hope to see you all this weekend in pink celebrating this amazing event!!!