PVDA Ride for Life

Rider Pledges are Coming In!

Since 2004, the Potomac Valley Dressage Association has dedicated one of its four annual licensed Dressage Shows to raise funds in support of Breast Cancer Research. Take the challenge this year and set a personal goal to help raise donations, even if it’s just $100. Pledges can be made online through PVDA, or directly to JHU here.

Welcome to the PVDA Ride For Life

This inspiring video exemplifies just ONE way in which we  help support the Johns Hopkins Breast Center!


Open Letter To All PVDA Members - April, 2014


Dear PVDA Members:

We would like to take this opportunity to update everyone on the status of the 2014 PVDA Ride For Life Benefit Horse Show. As many of you may have heard, this year we will not have a Dancing Horse Challenge and the Gala as we have had in years past. This year we are returning to the roots of the event encouraging competitors in the PVDA sponsored USEF licensed / USDF recognized weekend dressage competition to bring in generous donations through personal sponsorships. Rider donations have always been a substantial portion of the monies collected by the Ride For Life on behalf of the of Johns Hopkins Breast Center, and this year we expect to continue with that tradition with great success. The silent auction, another important source of donations to the Ride For Life, will continue this year with an exciting new online auction format. This will provide broader exposure to the donated items and greater variety of offerings – which makes it more fun for everyone! We also expect to have a great selection of vendors, the popular Spirit in Pink Stall Competition, and the Johns Hopkins’ affiliated Survivor Volunteers for breast health awareness. And, as always, there will be prizes for riders who bring in the highest amounts in donations. The 2014 Ride For Life will continue to offer plenty of fun while raising money for a great cause!

During the rest of this year, PVDA will be evaluating whether to continue the Dancing Horse Challenge and Gala in their past formats or to hold other or different fun events in 2015, with an eye toward balancing the benefit to the cause with the benefit to our organization in a cost effective manner. The Dancing Horse Challenge and the Gala have been incredibly successful, but they are also huge events that take a great many of our PVDA members to organize and run. Our volunteers are our most highly valued resource and we want to rest those who have given over many years and bring on new volunteers with fresh ideas to keep the event vital! Volunteers are always needed to support events like these, and we invite your ideas for future event presentations, and ideas for improvements are always welcome. We will be holding a 2015 PVDA Ride For Life planning meeting in July that is open to all interested members. So, join us and bring your ideas!

Thank you for your support in this transitional year and we look forward to the best benefit show ever. If you have any questions, please contact any one of us.

Pat Artimovich - partimovich@verizon.net

Jeannette Bair - jeannetteabair@gmail.com

Mary Sue McCarthy - mccarthymarysue@gmail.com