"RIDE for the CURE"

October 26 - 27, 2012

by Redhorse

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        The 4th Annual, 2012 Susan G. Komen North Texas “Ride for the Cure” was held on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Campers and horse trailers started arriving at the TADRA campgrounds, in the LBJ National Grasslands, on Thursday and Friday before the crowds really moved in on Saturday. Everything from tents to monster motor homes found a spot to camp and be part of the celebration on Saturday.  A large parade of volunteers arrived early Friday morning and became a well synchronized group focused on setting the staging area for Saturday, organizing trails and a lot of behind the scenes logistics. PINK

        Lots of “full time” trailriders were there from far and near.  Misty Valdez (General Delivery, the Grasslands) and Ed Moore (Ralls and Pole Canyon, Texas) staked out their campsites on Thursday.  This writer and some Oklahoma ladies joined them on Friday in time for a trip to Wichita Falls to see a George Jones concert. (Yes, he showed and it was great)! PINK

        The big day started off at 32 degrees and overcast. By ride time, the sun was shining brightly, warming man and beast!  A great breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, tortillas, salsa and coffee was served from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. The registration was open on Friday afternoon for early arrivals and the lines moved swiftly on Saturday morning.  The registration staff was well prepared and eager to assist folks so they could tack up for the ride. PINK

        Safety and identifying riders to groups was just a couple of the organizers highest priorities. Staggering the departure times of manageable sized groups, by volunteer experience levels, was helpful. Every group that rode out was assigned a pair of experienced scouts; all equipped with radios.  Life Flight crews were on hand and Wise County EMS were present. Photographers were stationed along the trails in strategic locations. Signs advised riders of photographers ahead so they could control their mounts for the “Kodak” moments.  The expanded parking areas enabled riders and mounts the needed space for tacking up and resting. PINK

       Following the rides, everyone gathered at the staging area for lunch.  Two (2) buffet style serving tables were loaded with all the makings for BBQ sandwiches, chips and designer cupcakes! An oval PINK horse trough was loaded with iced down soft drinks, juices, water and bottled tea. PINK

        The "BYO Musicians" started setting up their stage and sound boards early. Before the first group of riders left, the band was already providing foot-tapping music.  They entertained the crowd through the day with everything from Hank Williams, Ray Price, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. The group is organized professional business men and women who also have amazing quality musical talents.  They put on some great musical entertainment and the group was formed exclusively for charitable purposes.  Check out their website: BYO Musicians PINK

        Prior to the silent auction results and raffle drawing, Jim Rainbolt, Business Development Manager, announced that the Ride had collected over $38,000.  These funds go to support breast health and breast cancer-related programs in North Texas. There were several teams of participants that were awarded prizes for collecting generous donations.  The Komen Ride for the Cure Boutique offered lots of goodies; in PINK

        Did I mention that PINK was everywhere?? Rider’s headwear, costumes and footwear; horse’s ears, manes, tails, rumps, hooves, bridles, saddles, saddle pads and stirrups were PINK! There were even a few PINK Tutus on horses! There are going to be a lot of bird nests around LBJ Grasslands with pink Boa feathers next spring! The winning costume is shown.

        For every person that participated in this year’s "Ride for the Cure"; if not for themselves, someone was the driving force that they were there for. Whether family, friend, neighbor or just the nice lady you saw at the grocery store, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer programs have touched their lives.  Your support helps keep the life saving research and breast cancer awareness in action.  You never know what may be in your or another’s future, but at least now we know; we’re all in this together.

        Thanks go to all the sponsors, volunteers, participants and especially the organizers for providing such a well organized and safe benefit.

        Many equestrians will look forward to the next Susan G. Komen North Texas “Ride for the Cure”!


Thanks to the Komen Photographers & Misty Valdez for contributing to the photos.


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