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Two Incredible Evenings Honoring Paralympian Jonathan Wentz and the USPEA

Jonathan Wentz at the 2012 London Paralympics cheering his team on. Photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall.

Thursday, March 7th
The United States Para-Equestrian Association Presents
“Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction
Honoring Jonathan Wentz
Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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Friday, March 8th
1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night
Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*
Del Mar, CA

Del Mar, CA – March 6, 2013 – For two exciting evenings the late Para-Dressage rider and USPEA member Jonathan Wentz will be honored in the Southern California community. On March 7th, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) presents “Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  Guests will learn about the newly created Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund before enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and entertainment by musician Mack Bailey. Patrons of this event will be given the opportunity to bid on the finest of auction items and experiences. Although the party is private any person may bid on the unique auction items.

Please contact Lisa at lblaufuss@dressageevents.com if you are interested in bidding on the auction items virtually or over the phone.  The auction will commence at 7:00 p.m. (west coast time). Please view the list of auction items by clicking the link below.

(You may download the list of auction items here)

Thursday, March 7th “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

What:  “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz

When: March 7th

Where: Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Cost: Tickets are sold out but the cost to bid on the auction items is free

About the USPEA Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund was established to continue the dream of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz; to advance High Performance Para Dressage in the USA by supporting and encouraging Para Dressage Young Riders to set the goal of International competition.

At age 13 Jonathan set the goal of riding for the USA in the Paralympics. At age 16 he established a plan and budget to achieve his dream. In 2012, at the age of 21, Jonathan was able to achieve his dream of riding for Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympics earning the highest placing of all U.S. equestrians that competed in London. Another goal of Jonathan’s was to develop a Para Dressage Young Rider program to help grow and improve Para Dressage in the USA. His scholarship fund will be used to offset the cost of International competition for Para Dressage Young Rider’s and to encourage their participation enabling them to excel in their sport.

Scholarship funds will go toward Para Dressage High Performance Young Riders, ages 16-25, within the competition year, who are actively competing in International Para Dressage competitions, 3* and above.

Funds shall be awarded to help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry fees including stabling and/or shipping (greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition.

Guidelines for Application of JW Scholarship fund:
Athlete’s must submit a Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Grant Request form with expenses itemized, along with a copy of completed entry forms, invoices and/or receipts for consideration of scholarship funds, along with a list of their competition highlights, competition goals and competition plan/schedule for the current 2 years. (Example; 2013-2014, 2015-2016) Scholarship funds are intended for direct payment of specific competition expenditures, entry fees, stabling, and/or shipping only. Checks made out to athlete or immediate family for reimbursement will require a completed W-9, and will be subject to the approval.

Scholarship funds may be awarded for a maximum of two CPEDI3* events per competition year with a maximum of $1,000.00 awarded per competition. Grants are subject to the approval of the USPEA board. Funds will be awarded based on “own horse” (according to FEI Para definition), distance to competition, number of competitions athlete is planning to attend in 2-year competition period, and/or number of applicants.

Friday, March 8th
1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night
Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*
Del Mar, CA

The Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3* will be hosting the 1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night March 8, 2013. This event will commence after the last class on Friday at the Del Mar Horse Park. The entire evening, featuring horse races, casino games, appetizers, and awards, will help benefit the Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund under the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA).

1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night

What: Horse Races, Casino Night, & “Around the World” Appetizers

When: Friday March 8th (end of show day)

There will be 12 wooden horses available for purchase at check in. Trainers would make a donation for their horse of $50.00 and can decorate them to make them unique. Supplies will be available and payments collected by your Bookie/Barn Manager Lisa Vidov.

Display your horse in your barn area and solicit clients and friends to join your syndicate for a donation of $5/person. You can choose to make your investment back first or let it ride in the pot. There is no limit to the size of your syndicate. Proceeds will support the United States Para Equestrian Association.

On Friday, at the end of the show day, all horses will collect in the paddock (warm up arena) for display purposes. Then, when the bugle sounds, each trainer will parade their horse to the start gate and the race will occur down the FEI Jog lane. Winner and syndicate will get photo opportunity in the Rancho Valencia Arena with their horse and trophy presented during the Brunch on Sunday.

Prizes:

Best decorated horse
Largest syndicate
Best in show for the horse parade to start gate (great mover? crazy? lazy?)
Huge Engraved Trophy to winning trainer and syndicate

Support the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

Continue on to vendor row for “Around the World” appetizers and drinks sponsored by your vendors and try your hand at BlackJack, Craps or Roulette!!! Make a donation to the USPEA for $20.00 worth of chips/play money to use at Casino Night.

Real Dealers!
Real Casino Tables!
Free drawings for more prizes!

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall & Keenan Productions & Events INC

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Salute to Driving Goes Off without a Hitch, Raising Funds for USET Foundation

Michael Freund driving Wendy O’Brien’s Pony Pair. Photo: Vicki Long.

Windsor, SC – March 6, 2013 – For the third year in a row, the Salute to Driving weekend, held in Windsor, SC, March 1-3, 2013, featured a beautiful dinner and auction, multiple driving clinics and a Combined Test Competition, all for the benefit of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Driving program.

A highlight of the weekend was the successful Saturday night dinner and auction, which was held at organizing committee member Bev Lesher’s Courage to Lead Farm. The evening event was put on to raise funds for the USET Foundation that will be specifically dedicated to helping train the best drivers and equines to represent the USA in World Driving Championships.

During the decadent Berry Catering dinner, organized by Wendy O’Brien, attendees bid on fabulous live auction pieces. Auctioneer Paul Martin donated his time to handle the Live Auction of six special items. A sampling included a week at Hilton Head SC in a top resort condo for four including free greens fees, a dinner for 6 in Aiken in Jack Wetzel’s restored Log Cabin, three nights for two (including breakfast) in Boston at the prestigious Union House, Stabling and a B&B for two nights in Maine at the wonderful Acadia National Park in Maine, and a week’s stay in a 4 bedroom home on Block Island in Rhode Island. In addition to the Live Auction, a Silent Auction ran at the event from Friday morning through Saturday night and came to a close following the dinner.

Prior to the benefit dinner and auction, the weekend long Salute to Driving kicked off with dressage clinics by Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn at Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms. Freud led the USEF long listed drivers through the clinic, while Graburn worked with developing drivers. Other special events included a hazard demonstration and clinic, harnessing demonstrations, farrier demonstrations and a carriage exhibit. All of the weekend events served to help raise awareness and educate different audiences about the discipline of driving.

“We helped educate more people about the driving discipline, and at the same time raised funds for the USET Foundation, specifically for the driving discipline,” Lesher said. “We received many compliments about the dinner and the whole organization of everything. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

The weekend concluded on Sunday with the Combined Test Competition. Drivers at the preliminary through advanced levels had the opportunity to showcase their skills in both dressage and cones. For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Salute to Driving also welcomed ‘Very Small Equines’ (VSEs) in the combined test. The VSEs were also showcased doing a quadrille driving performance organized by Janelle Marshall. To the tune of “Flight of the Bumblebees,” eight drivers decked out in yellow and black bumblebee style put their VSEs through their paces and got huge appreciation from the crowd.

For more information about the Salute to Driving, please visit http://salutetodriving.com/.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

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Sandro Hit Breeding Offered to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2013) – The fifth annual Equestrian Aid Foundation “Inspection Reception” Fundraiser will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 5-8 pm at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby in Loxahatchee, Fla. The highlight of the evening will be the live bidding for a breeding to World and Olympic Champion Sandro Hit.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he won the USEF/Performance Horse Registry Leading Sire Award as best dressage sire in the USA. The influence of Sandro Hit is of epochal significance to dressage breeding worldwide. Thoroughbred-typed, modern, harmonious, strongly moving and gifted with a fascinating charisma, Sandro Hit’s progeny conquered the market and made his sire a line-founding stallion of modernity. His breeding record shines through unprecedented superlatives: Auction highlights from foals to riding horses, more than 180 licensed stallions including Champion Stallions, championship candidates, Grand Prix winner up to Olympians.

To register to bid by phone or text, please contact skursar@gmail.com, mary@horsesdaily.com or call 704.650.1604 to arrange a bidder’s assistant. Only those present to bid or those registered to bid offsite will be eligible to win this exciting opportunity.

Guests will enjoy dinner and drinks at the beautiful show grounds at the Horse Park at Equestrian Estates immediately following the FEI Jog. Auction items will be on display during the afternoon at the IHS Palm Beach Derby gathering place, “The Beer Garden,” to bid on items or make donations.

“We have a great selection of auction items we all use and need, and this year we are excited and honored to have a breeding to Sandro Hit, donated the breeding manager from Schockemöhle Stallion service station at Performance Horse Sales International, Germany,” said Mary Phelps, Equestrian Aid Foundation co-chairman to the board of governors and organizer of this annual event. “Our one-of-a-kind celebrity items, including a Super Bowl football signed by Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco, rock star signed items, as well as an array of product baskets and unique riding opportunities with Robert Dover, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Jan Eberling and Courtney King-Dye. See our Dressage Daily.com website for more information on the auction items.”

For more than 17 years, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has provided financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

Sheryl Kursar, APR
Managing Director
Equestrian Aid Foundation
704.650.1604 mobile
Facebook: EAF.Ride4Hope
Twitter: @ride4hope
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Online Charity Auction Benefiting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility Continues

GEORGETOWN, KY – FEBRUARY 5, 2013 – “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby,” the 4th Annual Online Charity Auction produced by Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, and custom millinery Maggie Mae Designs, continued February 1st as bidding opened on a new handcrafted Kentucky Derby Hat.

Old Friends opened bidding on “The Popcorn Deelites,” a beautiful chapeau honoring the gelding more famous for his role in the film Seabiscuit than his years in the claiming ranks on the racetrack.

Bidding will be conducted for 10 days only. Go to the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org and follow the link. The hat can also be viewed by visiting www.maggiemaedesigns.com.

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SAVE THE DATE! “Salute to Driving” Benefit to Support the USET Foundation

The "Salute to Driving" will take place March 1-3, 2013. Photo By: Vicki Long

Windsor, SC – January 25, 2013 – The Third Annual Salute to Driving fundraising event is pleased to announce that it will once again be held in Windsor, SC, March 1-3, 2013. Each year, this event benefits the country’s High Performance Driving programs for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. The exciting weekend will feature a beautiful dinner and auction on Saturday evening, multiple driving clinics with some of the world’s top trainers, and a Combined Test Competition for any drivers Preliminary-Advanced on Sunday. The Salute to Driving event is being held to help raise awareness and educate different audiences about the discipline of driving.

Salute to Driving will kick off its festivities on Friday, March 1, 2013, with dressage clinics by Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn at Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms. Auditing these clinics is free, and Freund will lead the USEF long listed drivers while Graburn teaches the developing drivers. Other special events include a hazard demonstration and clinic, harnessing demonstrations farrier demonstration, and a carriage exhibit.

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2012 Interagro Collection National Auction Showcases Young Horses and Weanlings to Crowd of Enthusiastic Buyers

Photo courtesy of Murilo Constantino

Itapira, Brazil (September 18, 2012) – Interagro Lusitanos was filled with the sounds of bidding and sights of stunning Lusitano horses at their annual Interagro Collection National Auction, which took place on August 25, 2012 in Itapira, Brazil.  The auction featured horses from both Interagro and their guest breeder, Rocas do Vouga, and was for the first time the National auction was open to an international audience. Some of the new features included an app, which allowed buyers to view all of the horses in the auction on their mobile devices, as well as an English website and x-rays on the 12 adult horses presented.  Over 430 guests attended the anticipated event, and 9 of the Lusitanos sold were purchased by buyers from other Brazilian states and other countries, including the United States.

The 2012 Interagro Collection was a combination of the 21st Annual Interagro Collection National Auction and the 5th Annual Lusitano Collection International Auction, and marked the first time that the auctions were combined.  The much-anticipated event presented a select number of premium Lusitano horses from both breeders.  All of the Lusitanos are evaluated from birth for their athleticism, trainability, and temperament. Interagro and Rocas do Vouga sold 25 weanlings and 9 sporthorse prospects at the auction, including Diacono Interagro, Dream do Vouga, Euforia do Vouga, Hamilcar Interagro, and Dervixe Interagro.

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JustWorld International Partners with Hampton Classic Horse Show

The JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show and Silent Auction will take place August 31 during the 2012 Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, NY. Photo by Sportfot.com

Bridgehampton, New York – For the sixth consecutive year, Just World International will partner with the Hampton Classic Horse Show taking place August 26 to September 2, 2012, in Bridgehampton, NY.

For the past five years, JustWorld International and the Hampton Classic Horse Show have enjoyed a successful partnership promoting JustWorld’s dedication to helping underprivileged children in developing nations around the world.

This year, the Hampton Classic Horse Show will once again feature several JustWorld fundraising and awareness events including the popular Horseless Horse Show and Silent Auction.  Beginning at approximately 4 p.m. during the Exhibitor’s Party on Friday, August 31, the JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show invites children of all ages to compete on foot in a variety of different classes including Short Stirrup Jumpers, Children’s Jumper, High Jump Puissance, Pair Relay Jumpers and a Grand Prix with a Jump-Off.  Ribbons and prizes will be presented in all divisions.

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Interagro Lusitanos Win at Exposição Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano

Now Focus Switches to August Auction in Brazil

Semaneiro Interagro and Viajor Interagro, owned by Mr. Alvaro Coelho da Fonseca, competed in the pairs driving category. (Photos courtesy of Interagro Lusitanos)

Itapira, Brazil (July 30, 2012) – The world-renown Interagro Lusitanos won a bevy of ribbons during the Exposição Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano – the 31st International Lusitano Show held in Brazil. Interagro Lusitanos, the largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses in the world, was founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed.  Since its founding, Interagro’s breeding program has flourished and the Interagro Lusitanos have found far-reaching success in show rings around the world.

“The International Lusitano Show was a huge success and we are so proud of all of our horses,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, Managing Director of Interagro Lusitanos. “Coudelaria Rocas do Vouga won the Best Breeder and Best Exhibitor Award, which thrills us because they are our partners for the Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction. Their horses and riders put in excellent performances, and overall it was a fantastic presentation from Rocas do Vouga.  Our own riders and horses from Interagro gave them a run for their money, with top placings in dressage and working equitation.”

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Kristen VanderVeen Defends Her Title in the $50,000 Parker Adventist Grand Prix

More Than $6,000 Raised for Wildfire Relief

Kristen VanderVeen defended her title in the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix. Photos: Flying Horse Photography

Parker, CO — Six weeks of fantastic competition and wonderful events at the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) were capped off with a weekend to remember. There was truly something for everyone, including pony rides and face painting for military families during the second annual Military Appreciation Day; equestrian safety and the distribution of free helmets during the Parker Adventist Hospital Helmet Fitting; and the Wildfire Relief Fundraising Auction spearheaded by Liliane Stransky and her Step by Step Foundation that raised more than $6,000 for the victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. The day concluded with world-class competition in the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix.

Kristen VanderVeen, of St. Charles, IL, defended her title as reigning champion of the biggest Grand Prix of the Colorado Summer Circuit. On her horse Bull Run’s Zino Platinum, VanderVeen led the victory gallop for the second year in a row. Bull Run’s Zino Platinum is an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Accorodo) and has been with VanderVeen for about a year and a half.

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Colorado Horse Park and Step by Step Foundation Form an Alliance to Relieve Fire Victims

Benefit Auction to Be Held after $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix

Daniela Stansky is just 15 years old and already committed to helping others through her work in her mom's charity, the Step by Step Foundation. Photo: Flying Horse Photography

Parker, CO — The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) and the Step by Step Foundation are working together to help support the victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. As an alliance they are assembling a Wildfire Relief Fundraising Auction, and all proceeds will go directly to Colorado Springs Together, which serves as the primary community organization to restore the lives and structures affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. The benefit auction will take place at CHP (7522 S. Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134) on Saturday July 21 in front of the main office beginning at 3:00 p.m.

“We are seeing some amazing outpouring of support for the residents affected by the Waldo Canyon fire.  If everyone will do just one small thing to help, the results can be profound,” the Mayor of Colorado Springs, Steve Bach, told CHP.

Step by Step Foundation and CHP agreed, and are leaping to the aid of fire victims with a fundraiser to be held at the park. “Colorado is our community and in times like this we want to help,” said Kyle Fenner, CEO of CHP Foundation 501 (c) (3). “We are lucky to have the vehicle to do it, so we all jumped on board!”

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