PVDA Ride for Life Management Team
Pat Artimovich, Founder
Pat has pursued a professional career in contract management for Northrop Grumman and is currently Manager of Contracts at Universities Space Research Association. With a degree in law from Duquesne University, she brings her professional skills to bear in support of a cause that is deeply personal.
Pat is a breast cancer survivor. “I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer (Stage IIB) in 1999 and as I had two middle school age children then it was not a good situation to be in. I had my treatment at Hopkins—3 surgeries, 6 months of chemo and then radiation. The things that helped me through this were family and friends, my faith and the hope that I would survive and ride again—specifically dressage, which I had never done and found so beautiful.”
About 10 years ago Pat had the vision to “give back” to Hopkins and the community through this sport that means so much to her. In 2009, amidst a lot of volunteering, Pat had the special privilege to ride in the weekend dressage show. Also, in 2009 through Pat’s continued leadership as founder of the PVDA Ride for Life, she was recognized as USDF Region 1 Volunteer of the Year. Pat’s three latest goals are to help the event reach $100,000 in donations to Johns Hopkins, become self-perpetuating and to ride in the event once again.
PVDA Treasurer and RFL Entry Secretary and Show Secretary
Carolyn has earned a Masters degree in Finance and works for the Equiery as their bookkeeper. An accomplished equestrian with USDF bronze, silver and gold medals, she trains horses and teaches lessons in dressage. Carolyn has been involved as a demo rider, competitor, manager, rider coordinator and secretary for the Ride for Life since its very beginning. “I got involved after Pat made a pitch to PVDA.” This hit home because her grandmother had a breast cancer scare many years ago and Carolyn has had many friends with the disease!
2019 RFL Chair
Sarah Yaroslaski is an adult amateur who has been a member of PVDA for 5 years. When not riding, Sarah is a nursing student, wife to husband Dan and mom to “grown” children, Sam and Anna. As a military family, they have lived all over the globe. She is looking forward to making her debut with Casey, aka Spellcaster, this year and training through the levels with him. She enjoys managing schooling shows and encouraging new adult riders to get into the show ring. New to the PVDA Board for 2019, Sarah is excited to be a part of this wonderful event!
2019 RFL Raffle Chair and Sponsors Co-Chair, Past-PVDA Vice-President
Mimi has been a member of PVDA for over ten years, and has served on the Board since 2014. This is her third year working on the Ride For Life Committee and she is Co-Chair of the Raffle and Sponsorship Opportunities for the show. Mimi is schooling her seven year old mare, Summer Sinclair, at 3rd level, and hopes to compete at this year’s Ride For Life – her favorite show of the season!
PVDA 2018 Rider Donation Chair; Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge/Gala Visionary, Past RFL Co-Chair, Past RFL Sponsorship Co-Chair and Past Gala Chair
I began riding as an adult and never looked back. I immediately had a passion for horses and riding. When we purchased our farm, my husband and I decided to breed Hanoverians that then got me interested in and involved in riding dressage. I love the technicality of the sport as well as the artistry. My husband and I bred 34 horses over our time of breeding, predominately Hanoverian and some Oldenburg. It has been my pleasure to bring up some of those babies for my own riding partners and been the one to train them to the levels that they have achieved. I now have my Silver Medal as a result and will work toward my Gold. I have a similar passion toward the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and the overall cause of appropriate treatment of cancer patients and the hope for a cure from this disease. I have been amateur high pledge for the majority of the years that the Ride for Life has been in existence. My plan is to continue my fund raising efforts in support of this event.