The History of Ride for Life
Throughout our history, horses have inspired us and been allies in battle and partners in progress. Our hope for The PVDA Ride for Life exemplifies the belief that horses can inspire and aid us in the fight against breast cancer. Quoting our event founder and breast cancer survivor, Patricia Artimovich, “Help us make the ring of hoof beats become the music of hope!”
The PVDA Ride for Life is an annual weekend family event held in the Baltimore/Washington area to raise funds for breast cancer research and to improve the lives of those affected and their loved ones. Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised over $580,000 for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. The event coincides with a licensed dressage show sponsored by The Potomac Valley Dressage Association (a 501c 3 non-profit organization). Through 2013, this show has featured one of the premier equestrian nights on the East Coast – the Dancing Horse Challenge.
Since 2014, the PVDA Ride for Life has not featured the Dancing Horse Challenge, but has gone back to the roots of why the event was created; the riders and their support of our goal. The weekend will feature the annual dressage show and focus on our riders through High Pledge Awards, High Score Awards and Breed Awards. New for 2016, we will have a Fundraiser Freestyle to allow our competitors to showcase their creativity in a Musical Freestyle Test of Choice, or a ride at the USEF or FEI level. We will culminate the Fundraiser Freestyle with our CELEBRATION on the concourse, where Fundraiser Freestyle winners will be announced. The weekend will continue to have shopping with our great vendors.
The PVDA Ride for Life is funded through generous sponsorships, rider donations raised through pledges, a raffle, vendor funds and merchandise purchases.
Most of the weekend features are offered for free to encourage participation by families within and outside of the Maryland area. The event and each of these activities, which include breast health education efforts, are supported through volunteer efforts provided by the PVDA, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center Survivor Volunteers and the community at large. Words frequently are not enough to describe the emotion and drama behind this great event. Videos of breast cancer survivors impacted by the PVDA Ride for Life can be seen on PVDA Ride for Life’s YouTube channel and attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with volunteers impacted by the fundraising efforts of our riders and the PVDA Ride for Life show.