Reiners Show Support, Raise Breast Cancer Awareness Funds

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and reiners are joining the cause through Slide for the Cure.
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Reiners Show Support, Raise Breast Cancer Awareness Funds
Reiners raise money for breast cancer research during Slide for the Cure shows. | Photo: Alayne Blickle
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and reiners in the Western United States are joining the cause with help from fellow reiner Melynda Silvashy.

In 2008, Silvashy, who resides in Rohnert Park, California, created Slide for the Cure, a fundraiser program among reiners that helps support breast cancer research and awareness. “I got the idea to do this as a tribute to my Aunt Barbara. She was my mom-away-from-home while I was at college,” Silvashy said. “Years later she passed away from inflammatory breast cancer. She was just an amazing person, and I wanted to do something in her honor because she fought such a brave fight.”

Silvashy, a reining competitor and a member of the West Coast Reining Horse Association, in northern California, decided to create a fundraiser within her reining community. “The club I belong to is a very unique one,” she said. “The closeness and camaraderie is amazing, and everyone supports everyone.” That gave Silvashy the idea to work within this close group of like-minded individuals and set up a breast cancer awareness program.

“We have six shows per year–four are Slide for the Cure shows,” explained Silvashy. Slide for the Cure classes run concurrent with already established classes. When a rider enters the Slide for the Cure class, 100% of their class money goes to the benefit

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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