Peterson Involved With Ride For The Cure Wednesday

Kate Peterson

June 27, 2012

Story by Courtney Motz, TCU Media Relations Intern

FORT WORTH, Texas – recently sat down with Kate Peterson, a sophomore who competes in Horsemanship, to discuss her involvement in the Ride For The Cure philanthropy event, which will take place Wednesday, June 27 at the Will Rogers Center.

Peterson competed in Western Horsemanship this season. She posted a 1-4 record in five games in her freshman year. Her victory came against West Texas A&M as she defeated Lindsay Raften by a score of 73.5-71.

What is Ride for the Cure?
I am president of AjPHA and Ride For The Cure is my presidential service project. Each year, AjPHA dedicates our fundraising efforts to a charity of the president’s choice. This year I chose St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Who does Ride for the Cure Benefit?
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It also benefits the AjPHA because youth members learn the value of hard work, and that it feels good to give to charity!

When and where does Ride for the Cure take place?
The Ride For The Cure fundraiser has been taking place all year. Each regional and state club have been fundraising through dinners and horse related games at horse shows around the country. The largest event will be a dinner at the AjPHA Youth World Show on June 27th. The dinner will take place during lead line, which is scheduled to start around 5:30 pm and it will be in the John Justin Arena.

Tell us a bit about St. Jude and what they stand for.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is medical center located in Memphis, Tenn., with the mission to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. I chose St. Jude in honor of a childhood friend who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer right before my presidency began.

How does the raffle work?
I have gotten some really awesome raffle prizes donated, which is thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Raffle prizes include: A Page in GoMag, A photo shoot with Impulse Photography, Ad Designs by Westwynde, Harris Work Tack, and much more!!

How did you in involved in this event?
I got involved through my friend Banks Ready, who encouraged and motivated me to get involved of the leadership side of AjPHA.

How can TCU or Ft. Worth get involved?
Tickets are available to everyone, so I would love to see people in the TCU community and the city of Fort Worth come out and get involved! Even for people who are not in the horse industry, the World Show is a great place to come check out Paint Horses and all they have to offer!

What is AjPHA?
AjPHA is the youth section of APHA.

Will you be competing at this year’s AjPHA World Show?
Yes, I will be showing in the 14-18 Western Pleasure at the World Show.

How many years have you competed at the ApHJA World Show?
This is my fourth year to compete at the World Show.

What is your horses name and what do you compete in?
I showed my youth horse, White Silk Stockings, in all around events for the past three years. This year, I have gotten more involved in the futurity horses, so I have two two year olds that I show in Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle.

What is your best memory at the World Show?
My best memory at the AjPHA World Show is at the year-end banquet when I received my President's Buckle.

What else are you doing with your summer?
I am riding a lot, showing a lot and spending time at home with my family!



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