Pictured on this month’s cover is Stephanie McNutt riding Emalina at the Potomac Valley Dressage Association Ride for Life, held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro this past June. This year’s benefit show raised $60,000 for the John Hopkins Breast Center. Over the last 16 years of the Ride for Life show, competitors have raised over $898,000 for the Breast Center.

In addition, over $7,000 for Alzheimer’s research has been raised in the past two years at the PVDA Schooley Mill schooling shows in honor of Linda Speer’s late husband Will Speer.

The Ride for Life show is the brainchild of breast cancer survivor Patricia Artimovich and this year, PVDA nominated her for The Equiery’s first annual November Giving issue. Below is the nomination from the organization. Congratulations to Patricia and all those involved with this great benefit show.

Pictured is Pat Artimovich with Donna Gatchell, winner of the first Pat Artimovich Memorial Trophy, awarded to the highest pledged rider in the Fundraiser Freestyle at the Ride for Life.

“The Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) proudly nominates Patricia Artimovich as someone who gives back to the Maryland equestrian community. Pat is the founder of the PVDA Ride for Life dressage show that benefits the John Hopkins Breast Center. As Pat is a breast cancer survivor herself and was treated so well through the Breast Center, she wanted to help others, and the work done by the Breast Center.

“Pat approached the PVDA Board of Directors in 2003 with the idea of having riders raise donations for the Breast Center at one of our shows. Over the past 16 years, PVDA riders have raised over $890,000 for the Breast Center and funds their fellowship for surgical oncologists.
“The show started small, initially raising $3,000 at the PVDA show at Menfelt, eventually becoming a multi-day show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center by 2007.  The show format has undergone many changes, but Pat has always been the most tireless volunteer and driver for the fund raising efforts.”
– submitted by Christina Dale on behalf of PVDA