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Charity riding– on four legs, not two wheels or feet

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Many of us have done charity rides or runs. We blog about it frequently. Samantha most recently did her PWA Friends for Life Bike Rally, as well as other more spur-of-the-moment charity riding. Amy has walked for Alzheimer’s research, Out of the Darkness (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and North Shore Juneteenth Association. Nicole has raised money running for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation as well as the Odette Cancer Center and spinning for Michael Garron’s Ride for Mind in Toronto. I’ve done the Bikes not Bombs ride in Boston a bunch of times, and others of us have done lots of charity events. Diane, our aqua-blogger (among other things) does a vampire swim every Halloween, with a donation to Canadian Blood Services (actual blood) or the Red Cross (money instead). Here she is with some water-loving friends, all dressed up for a swim a few years ago:

Diane (far right, with bandage from actual blood donation) and friends getting ready for their vampire swim.
Diane (far right, with bandage from actual blood donation) and friends getting ready for their vampire swim.

However, my friend Felicity did a charity ride recently, using a mode of transport that none of the bloggers has tried: on horseback. She and a bunch of other equestrian philanthropists did the Ride for the Cure in Woodstock Vermont, raising almost $40K for breast cancer research. She (and almost 50 others) rode 10 miles on a beautiful October day.

Felicity (right) and Alice (left, on their Icelandic horses, with bright orange and red fall leaves in the background.
Felicity (right) and Alice (left), on their Icelandic horses Segall and Hrollur.

Segall, Felicity’s horse, got a pink ribbon on his hind flanks in honor of the day.

Segall, having a snack, sporting a painted pink ribbon for breast cancer research.
Segall, having a snack, sporting a painted pink ribbon for breast cancer research.

Other horses were decked out for the occasion.

If you want to watch a short video clip about the event, check it out here. Felicity herself says it was an easy, fun ride. If I find myself with horse transportation next October, maybe I’ll do it, too.

Looking this up online, there are (unsurprisingly) other horseback riding events for charity around. One of them is coming up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (where I graduated from high school): it’s the 41st annual American Heart Association Beach Ride, scheduled for early November. Wish I were there, with saddle and trusty mount. In the meantime, this will have to do…

Pretty impressive horse costume for bike, with rider dressed as jockey.

Hey readers– have any of you done horseback charity events? This was the first one I had heard of, but apparently they’re out there…

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