Charleston, SC – This year the American Heart Association celebrated their 37th annual Beach Ride where more than 1,100 horses and riders arrived at Lakewood Camping resort in Myrtle Beach from over 22 states for our 5-day event where they rode to raise awareness, honor loved ones and survivors, and celebrate funds raised to fight heart disease and stroke. One of our volunteers Debby Rose says it’s important for the equestrian community to unite behind this cause. “Because if your heart’s not healthy, it’s like no hoof, no horse – no heart, no life,” says Rose.

The event was also the most profitable ride in history! The AHA has raised $362,457, and we are still counting! In the last 37 years, we have been able to raise $5 million for cardiovascular research, helping the AHA fund several programs such as innovative research, critical educational programs, advocacy, and lifesaving CPR trainings. To find out how you can get involved, head to