CHASE — D Bar D Ranch in Chase invites area horseback riders and non-riders to contribute to the third annual Ride for a Cure event that will benefit the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.

D Bar D Ranch is a full equestrian center that offers boarding, training and riding lessons. It also offers a full service campground, an indoor and outdoor private arena and miles of private riding trails.

“This is a family thing, and a couple of years ago we decided to support the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center,” said D Bar D Ranch owner Don Beach. “It’s become a tradition and it’s our chance to give back to the community that supports us.”

Beach said the cancer center is an important cause because almost everyone has been touched by the disease. The business’ campers, riders and boarders agree. They help spread the word and have taken part since it began.

The two-day event will begin on Friday with a horse speed show in the outdoor arena. Karaoke and the Matt Porter Band will serve as evening entertainment.

Saturday features the 1 p.m. main event, the eight- to ten-mile horse ride. Riders will travel through the ranch trails and the Chase area. For those who wish to participate, but do not have a horse or do not want to ride the full route, a wagon will carry passengers. A silent auction, prizes and awards also will take place throughout the benefit.

“I want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves, walk away safe and help out the community,” Beach added.

Following Saturday’s mid-day activities, Grand Rapids-based country band, Stolen Horses, will perform starting at 8 p.m. The group has performed at the Ride for a Cure event since its beginning.

“It’s a friendly event,” said Stolen Horses lead singer DJ Smith. “It’s a family event and it’s super. We would perform there 100 times over.”

Not only is the event entertaining, Smith said the cause is something he has dealt with first-hand.

“Cancer benefits are important to me and cancer touches home,” he added. “I lost a sister to cancer. When it comes to beating this thing, I’m all over it.”

Every year the event grows in attendance, and this year is no different, with about 200 horses and riders signed up. The last two Ride for a Cure events have helped raise a total of about $27,000. This year, Beach wants to earn at least $10,000.

“I’d like to raise my goal by 20 percent each year,” he said. “I’d like to raise at least $10,000, but I hope to double that.”

The cost is $25 per person or at least $25 in pledges. For more information, call Don Beach at (231) 832-3143. D Bar D Ranch is located at 7064 E. 64th St. in Chase. A pledge sheet can be printed at www.dbardranchmichigan.com.