MANCHESTER - Thanks to the 91 horseback riders who took part in last month's Fourth Annual Ride for the Cure as well as the generosity of the event's host, the Green Mountain Horse Association, Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire has raised in excess of $40,000.

Lois Steele Whidden, the Vermont Ride Chair and three-time breast cancer survivor, pointed out the significance of local events like the Ride. It's important to remember that 75 percent of all of the money raised at the Ride will stay in Vermont and New Hampshire and be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining funds, she said, goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national and international research programs. Each of the ride participants committed to raise and donate a minimum of $250 with many riders going above and beyond. One, Christine Giddings, took top honors as the Ride's Platinum Rider for the second year in a row, bringing in $2,200.

Gold Riders - KaitLynn Jones, Ken Lady and Alice Ryan - all raised over $1,000 (KaitLynn also snagged this year's Youth Pinkest Horse prize, just as she did last year). Meghan Curtin and Katherine Lawton were Silver Riders, raising over $750 each; Bronze Riders raising over $500 per included Diane Grube, Jessica Hempfling, Megan Jenks, Lisa Moul, Michelle Osgood, Jeanne Silkworth, Pamela Sorton, Amy Stark and Brande Wood. Other Pinkest Horse Prizes were awarded to Angie Reynolds in the Adult Pinkest Horse category; Michelle and Emily Osgood and Liza Lynaugh and Deanna Kern tied in the Pinkest Duo category.

Beyond official fundraising categories the efforts of one young woman, Kelly Cyr, from Danville, deserve special praise.

For her High School Senior Community Service Project, Cyr put together a 50-class horse show, dubbed "Show for the Cure" with a host of raffles and games to raise funds to benefit breast cancer organizations in general and Komen VT-NH in particular. Her goal was to raise $1,000 but, when all was said and done, she presented Komen VT-NH with a check for $2,835.

"My sincerest thanks go to all our riders, GMHA, to Lois once again for her incredible work, our amazing volunteers, corporate sponsors and the many companies and individuals providing door prizes and raffle items, as well as the delicious luncheon provided by The Travelin' Willy B's," said Becky Burke, Komen Vermont-New Hampshire President.

For more information on the Vermont Ride and to learn of other local efforts to find a cure for breast cancer the New Hampshire Ride for the Cure, Tubb's Snowshoe Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, the Race for the Cures in Vermont and New Hampshire, etc. visit komenvtnh.org

For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.