First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
Horses and Hope Ambassador to Compete in World Cup Qualifying Events, Spread Message of Breast Cancer Awareness
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Horses and Hope is going international. Champion equestrian and Horses and Hope Pink Stable member Misdee Wrigley Miller will be spreading the message of breast cancer awareness as she competes this July in two European Equestrian World Cup qualifying events.
“I have been grateful to serve as a member of First Lady Jane Beshear’s Horses and Hope Pink Stable committee, and even more honored to serve as an ambassador for this important initiative as I compete in Europe,” said Miller. “Women are traditionally caregivers, especially so in the horse business; often they take care of their horses before they think of themselves. I have friends and family who have been touched by breast cancer, so I am aware of the importance of early detection. If I accomplish anything here, I want every woman, especially those with high risk, who hear my message to practice self-examination and get screened.”
Miller is a fourth-generation horsewoman and has been involved in the horse business her entire life. She is an accomplished rider and driver and has competed twice as a United States team member in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Pair Horse World Championships, and was the 2013 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Champion in the pairs competition and the 2014 USEF Reserve National Champion in the four-in-hand competition. Since 2009, she has served as a member of the Pink Stable, a committee of Kentucky horse owners, riders, trainers, farm owners and jockeys who support the Horses and Hope initiative.
This July, Miller will be competing in a CAI3* in Lähden, Germany and the CAI3* in Riesenbeck, Germany in the four-in-hand combined driving competition. Both competitions are important selection events for the United States Combined Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. While there, Miller will seek to spread awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening, early detection and education through the Horses and Hope program—sharing the program’s best practices and encouraging international participation.
In 2008, the First Lady’s office partnered with the Kentucky Cancer Program to create Horses and Hope. The program’s mission is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky’s horse industry workers and their families.
Horses and Hope has hosted several breast cancer race days at Kentucky racetracks in the past six years, reaching nearly 1 million race track and horse show fans and educating nearly 16,000 equine employees. The program has screened nearly 700 workers and detected breast cancer in two individuals, both of whom have received treatment.
The next Horses and Hope Race Day will be at Ellis Park on Saturday, Aug. 2. For more information about Horses and Hope and all upcoming events, please visit www.horsesandhope.org.
For more information on breast cancer, please contact your local health department or the Kentucky Cancer Program at http://kycancerprogram.org/.