By Kathy L. Collins

Join breast cancer survivor, Dawn Galia, and others at the 2nd Annual Pink Your Pony Trail Ride. This fun and unique fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m. at Bay Lake Stables, owned by Gary and Cindy Timbles. The stable is located at 4617 Garland Branch Rd. in Dover. Cost to participate and help “Saddle up for a Cure” is just $10. There will be an additional $5 charge for lunch.

There will be prizes for the best decorated pink pony, a fabulous silent auction and great raffle prizes. Best of all, you will not want to miss the fantastic two hour trail ride which will take you along the Dover Road Trails. Galia, who is the Executive Director of Center Place said, “It is a beautiful space of over 700 acres. We will ride the outside edge of the trail, but there are many trails weaving throughout the area.”

Galia explained why she put this event together, “Since I am a survivor and I love trail riding, I thought how great it would be to do something fun with the horses and raise money for a great cause!” This event was put together with the help of Galia’s friends, TK Adam Beath and Rose Foloran who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Galia said, “When I was first diagnosed and after surgery, my horse, Glory, was my therapy. Just grooming her helped me with the healing process.”

All proceeds raised will benefit The Vera Bradley Foundation For Breast Cancer Research. Galia chose this organization because they give 100 percent of the donated proceeds to breast cancer research.

Last year, 12 riders came together for the event. Galia hopes that 40 riders will come together this year. Galia said, “Horse people are amazing! It is always a great time when we all get together! It will be fun to see all of the creative pink ponies!”

For more information and to RSVP to attend the 2nd Annual Pink Your Pony Trail Ride, please e-mail Galia at or call Center Place at 685-8888.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.