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Over $120,000 Raised for Working Equines to Benefit Brooke USA

Timmy Dutta. ©Alex Pacheco.

Wellington, FL – April 3, 2016 – The most highly anticipated event of the season did not disappoint on Thursday, March 31, as over 500 guests gathered at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida. It was the perfect setting for sunset polo, dancing under the stars and supporting Brooke USA. The inaugural Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party, hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, to benefit Brooke USA, set a new precedent in Wellington, earmarking the end of the 2016 equestrian season and ushering in a new era with more than $120,000 raised for working equines globally.

“We are so excited and overwhelmed by the generosity and support that was shown during this inaugural event,” Executive Director of Brooke USA, Emily Dulin, said. “We want to personally thank Mark and Katherine Bellissimo for hosting such an outstanding and successful event, and we also thank our Brooke USA ambassador, Nic Roldan, for conceptualizing this event and putting together an amazing team of hardworking volunteers.”

A thrilling polo game kicked off the inaugural event after a cocktail-hour performance by Ki-Juan Minors. Roldan, rated at 8 goals, led the Brooke USA Grey team to a 6-5 victory over Brooke USA Orange, captained by 6-goaler Kris Kampsen. Brandon Phillips (5), Timmy Dutta (0) and Ricky Mershad (0) rounded out the orange team. Justin Daniels (1), Grant Ganzi (1) and Henry Porter (1) completed the grey team.

Roldan is an official ambassador for Brooke USA, the American fundraising arm of the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, the Brooke. Brooke USA is dedicated to improving the lives of equines around the world, providing veterinary care, education, and resources to care for working horses, donkeys, and mules. Brooke USA supports the efforts of the Brooke and has worked in some of the most impoverished areas around the world for the last 80 years, helping more than 1.8 million equines and more than 10 million people who rely on these animals last year alone.

Before the game began a moment of silence was observed in memory of recently deceased polo player Bob Daniels, whose son played on the winning team. Roldan has longtime family ties to Bob Daniels. His father, Raul Roldan, played and worked for Daniels for 30 years. Nic Roldan also played many years with Daniels, reaching the 1999 U.S. Open final together as Pony Express.

The Brooke USA match was anyone’s game from start to finish, with the score frequently tied or fluctuating back and forth with a tight spread. Toby Wayman of Chukker TV announced the game, giving a play by play for the spectators.

Both teams showed amazing teamwork throughout. Daniels made the first goal of the day on an open back shot and followed up in the next chukker with a three-quarter neck shot that sailed straight through the goal posts. In the second chukker, Mershad brought the orange team to a three-point lead, with all three of his teammates assisting on the goal. Sixteen-year-old Porter made two back-to-back goals in the third chukker, tying the game at 4. In the fourth he scored again with a full-field run. Mershad made the final goal.

“I always enjoy playing in charity games, but this one was amazing,” said Kampsen. “Nic did an awesome job organizing this event for Brooke USA by incorporating some of these really talented young players we have. It was so much fun!”

For Roldan, it was clearly a labor of love. “Our goal was to create as much awareness as possible in the community about Brooke USA’s efforts. It’s a good cause, and it’s close to our hearts because we love equines,” he said. Roldan extended his thanks to the event hosts, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo, whom he said “went above and beyond” by providing the magnificent venue at The Wanderers Club and donating food and other amenities.

PoloGear USA donated the team jerseys, as well as custom saddlebags worn by miniature horses and donkeys that walked along the sidelines collecting cash donations for Brooke USA. Roldan, who came up with the idea to include the furry ambassadors, borrowed the mini-equines from his friends.

Marquez-Dulin and board member Jim Wolf presented the trophy to the winning team. The Best Playing Pony award, presented by Gil Johnston, went to Dallas, played by Phillips in the fourth chukker. Porter, the high-scorer in the game, was named Most Valuable Player.

Teeming with spectators, the sidelines were abuzz about the next Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party, which is slated to return to Wellington in 2017. After the polo exhibition, guests moved pool-side where they enjoyed a night of dancing and drinks in their white attire. Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos emceed the event, and DJ Adam Lipson made sure everyone stayed on their feet and had a good time.

The inaugural event exceeded expectations, and during the live auction Brooke USA was able to raise enough money to build two permanent water troughs during the “Bid for a Cause.” Because of the generosity of the Bellissimos, Roldan, sponsors, guests and the hardworking committee, working equines will have improved lives and continue to become healthier, stronger and happier as they continue their crucial jobs.

“We are proud to be a part of such a special event with Nic to benefit Brooke USA and pleased that the first year was such a success,” said Katherine Bellissimo. “We look forward to making this an event that our community supports and looks forward to every year.”

For more information or to donate please visit www.BrookeUSA.org. For more information on Nic Roldan, please visit www.nicroldan.com.

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Join Scialfa and Springsteen for USET Foundation Olympic and Paralympic Benefit, Rockin Rio

Wellington, FL – November 16, 2015 – Mark your calendars! Reserve the date! The United States Equestrian Team Foundation presents the party of the season, Rockin Rio, an Olympic and Paralympic Games benefit event on Friday, January 22, 2016 in Wellington, FL.

Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen, honorary chairpersons for the benefit, will make sure it is a fun night, and a generous evening as well. This all supports the USET Foundation’s effort to raise much needed funding to further support the United States Equestrian Team horses and riders as they prepare to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins commented, “It’s going to be an incredible event and we are definitely expecting a sell out! The night will feature a fabulous live auction, a phenomenal band and, of course, Patti and Bruce as our honorary chairs want to make this event a record- setting fundraiser for our United States Equestrian Teams.”

Scialfa, a USET Foundation Trustee, and husband Bruce Springsteen are the parents of Jessica Springsteen, who has successfully competed at the highest levels of show jumping and has represented the United States on Nations Cup teams internationally. The family believes strongly in supporting the athletes and the United States’ goal to bring home medals.

“Helping this country’s equestrian athletes and supporting the United States Equestrian Teams has been a family affair for us,” said the Springsteens. “We recognize the hard work and commitment it takes for riders to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and hope that as Honorary Chairs for the USET Foundation’s Rockin Rio we can help make this benefit a huge success benefiting our riders as they prepare and compete at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.”

Invitations are in the mail, so make sure to mark your calendars for this wonderful evening. Buy a table or your tickets now. It will sell out! For further information, please contact: Nancy Little, USET Foundation (908) 234-1251, or nlittle@uset.org.

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.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
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Thursday Night at WIHS Has Something for Everyone!

Margie Engle and Indigo in costume over the “Buck Breast Cancer” jump at last year’s WIHS. Photo © Alden Corrigan Photography.

Barn Night, Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, Shetland Pony Steeplechase Races, and Buck Breast Cancer Benefit Highlight Thursday Night at the 2015 Washington International Horse Show

Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2015 – The 2015 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has an exciting schedule of events set for each night of competition throughout its six-day stay at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, draws a fantastic crowd of equestrian enthusiasts and will be held on Thursday, October 22. Full competition for WIHS runs October 20-25, 2015.

WIHS Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, is a favorite with young riders, barn mates and horse lovers who attend in groups and have a chance to enter contests, win great prizes, and enjoy a fun, horse-filled evening. This year’s Barn Night is themed “Keeping Up with the Equestrians,” and features fun group contests for all barns, equestrian groups, teams and horse enthusiasts. The night also hosts fun activities along the concourse, such as a scavenger hunt and a Breyer Stablemates horse painting station.

Exciting new prizes this year include a group clinic with top international show jumper Brianne Goutal, a custom drape set thanks to Dover Saddlery, a custom barn jump courtesy of Swan Lake Horse Shows, a customized refurbished golf cart courtesy of United Metro Golf Cart and Dover Saddlery shopping sprees.

“We look forward to welcoming all of our fans for the 57th edition of the iconic Washington International Horse Show,” said WIHS President Victoria Lowell. “Thursday night is always fun as we see so many young horse lovers cheering on their idols. There is nothing better than watching the pint-sized Shetland ponies race around Verizon Center or seeing your favorite grand prix show jumper dressed up in a Halloween costume. I hope everyone comes out to experience Barn Night this year.”

The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Race is one of the most popular exhibitions! Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography
The WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Race is one of the most popular exhibitions! Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography

Evening action begins with a High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class. Young jockeys color the night with their rainbow racing silks competing over tiny hurdles in the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Race, presented by Charles Owen. Guided by their jockeys, youngsters age seven to 14, the traditional Shetland Ponies race over a course of mini hurdles.

World-class show jumpers then take the stage to show off their skills and fun attire in the Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, presented by the Winter Equestrian Festival. Horses and riders will be decked out in their favorite costumes for this unique and fun competition. Some of the riders will also stay for an autograph signing after the class so that fans can meet their favorite competitors.

Equestrian fans can also support a charitable cause Thursday night by attending the fourth annual Buck Breast Cancer Benefit, which will be held in the Acela Club beginning at 7 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Capital Breast Care Center. Guests are invited to think pink and celebrate the lives of survivors, friends and family! Tickets are $150/per person and include dinner and an open bar, and tables are also available. Visit www.wihs.org/social-events/ to purchase tickets.

The evening will also feature a special performance from the Maryland National Park Police Color Guard, featuring mounted park police officers.

The registration deadline for Barn Night is Wednesday, October 14. Visit www.wihs.org/barn-night to sign up today! WIHS tickets are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more through Verizon Center Group Sales. Call 202-661-5061 for details. Get your tickets today and don’t miss this fun, unique night at WIHS!

About Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious equestrian sporting events in the U.S. More than 26,000 spectators attend the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Event highlights include the $125,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President’s Cup (Saturday night), The Boeing Company Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen to Be Honorary Chairs for 2016 Olympic Benefit “Rockin Rio”

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. Photo By: Erin Gilmore.

Wellington, FL – June 25, 2015 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an Olympic Games benefit event on Friday, January 22, 2016 in Wellington, FL. “Rockin Rio,” with honorary chairs Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen, will help raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the United States Equestrian Team horses and riders as they prepare to compete at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Scialfa, a USET Foundation Trustee, and husband Bruce Springsteen are the parents of Jessica Springsteen, a young rider who has successfully competed at the highest levels of show jumping and has represented the United States on nations cup teams internationally. The family believes strongly in supporting the athletes and the United States’ goal to bring home medals.

“Helping this country’s equestrian athletes and supporting the United States Equestrian Teams has been a family affair for us. We recognize the hard work and commitment it takes for riders to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and hope that as Honorary Chairs for the USET Foundation’s ‘Rockin Rio’ we can help make this benefit a huge success in support of our riders as they prepare and compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” said the Springsteens.

Make your calendars for this wonderful evening as the USET Foundation continues to raise funds for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Invitations will be sent out the beginning of November. For further information, please contact: Trish Millon, USET Foundation (908) 234-1251, or tmillon@uset.org.

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.

The USET Foundation has been awarded Charity Navigators’ highest honor, a Four Star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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Haviland Hollow Charity Cup to Benefit Pegasus and the Rider’s Closet

Sam Ramirez, Jr. will host the charity polo match at Haviland Hollow Farm.

Brewster, N.Y. – September 2, 2014 – Sam Ramirez, Jr. will host a charity polo match at his Haviland Hollow Farm in Patterson, N.Y. on September 20, 2014 to benefit The Rider’s Closet, the Wings program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, and JDRF.

The Haviland Hollow Charity Cup will feature lunch, a silent auction and a polo match from 1-4pm and a DJ dance party from 4-6pm. Family, all-inclusive VIP and tailgating ticket packages are available and can include transportation from the nearby Metro North train station. The event will take place rain or shine.

Visit nycpolo.com/events for further details and to purchase tickets. Visit the Pegasus Facebook page at facebook.com/PegasusNYandCT to enter a drawing to win a pair of tailgating tickets (two winners will be chosen; contest ends 9/8).

Founded in 2006 by Georgina Bloomberg, The Rider’s Closet is a charitable program that provides free equestrian clothing and boots to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, scholastic teams and individual riders in need. Hosted by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding at Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y., The Rider’s Closet accepts donations of new or gently used riding gear and sends items out by request to hundreds of deserving equestrians around the U.S. each year. For more information, visit pegasustr.org/trc.

The Wings program at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding consists of equine-assisted activities for at-risk individuals, including abuse and human trafficking survivors, disadvantaged youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. The program is a customized blend of mounted and unmounted sessions, and typical areas of focus include social/relationship skills development, improved physical and cognitive ability, trust-building, self-regulation and calming exercises, and increased confidence, control and empowerment. For more information, visit pegasustr.org.

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American Invitational Raises over $15,000 for Official Charity Partner, JustWorld International

JustWorld International hostesses presented the awards for the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

Miami, FL – April 11, 2014 – The gates to Sun Life Stadium opened to usher in nearly 6,000 spectators last Saturday for the 42nd Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm. The event raised more than $15,000 for JustWorld, with all proceeds benefiting their mission of raising funds within the global equestrian community to help provide education, nutrition, healthcare and vocational training programs to children in impoverished communities around the world.

“We have had a relationship with JustWorld International for a long time,” Matt Morrissey of Stadium Jumping said. “They are our official charity partner at all of our events, and we are thrilled to be able to help them pursue their mission of helping impoverished children around the world. Gene Mische, who was such a crucial part of the American Invitational, helped Jessica [Newman] when the organization was still young. It has been a wonderful relationship, and they always go above and beyond to help make our events a success.”

As each spectator entered the stadium, the JustWorld team was on hand at the Information Booth, where they sold programs and answered all questions about the American Invitational. JustWorld earned a percentage of the proceeds from the program sales, and for every ticket purchased with the promo code JUSTWORLD they raised an additional $10. The JustWorld volunteers stood out in their co-branded apparel designed and sponsored by PoloGear. The co-branded shirts are beautifully designed with sublimated graphics and the purple and blue colors for which JustWorld is known. The shirts are currently available here.

Just before the jump-off, JustWorld volunteers walked onto the field with Miami Dolphins legends Bob Griese and Nat Moore. Onlookers sat on the edge of their seats as the stadium-wide benefit drawing was announced. Pablo Barrios was the first name pulled, winning the Miami Dolphins Sidelines Club Package. The package featured four Ford Sidelines Club Passes and Lower Level Seats. Two lucky winners won a meet and greet with legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback, Bob Griese, also taking home his autographed throwback jersey and a signed NFL football.

“JustWorld International was a major help in making the 42nd American Invitational a true success,” Morrissey concluded. “They not only ran the information booth and sold programs, but they helped in the VIP tent, and their JustWorld hostesses assisted with the awards presentation. Their enthusiasm and dedication to our events always makes it an easy decision to have them as our official charity partner. They bring something special to every event.”

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6.5 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.

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Support High Performance Dressage Now through Pre-Bidding on “Prancing with the Stars” Auction Items

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2014 – The United States Dressage Team’s benefit event titled “Prancing with the Stars” is just two days away! Anyone can be a part of this special event, which is raising critical funds for High Performance Dressage and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Pre-bidding for five auction items is now underway and closes at 12:00 p.m. on March 15, 2014. The closing bid for the online portion will be the starting bid at the “Prancing with the Stars” benefit on March 15, 2014. The festivities will be held in the VIP tent at the Global Dressage Facility, located at 13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, FL, and get underway at 6:00 p.m.

Items can be viewed and pre-bids can be submitted online at http://uset.auctionanything.com.

Dress for Success with an Added Good Luck Charm

The first is a complete head-to-toe dressage competition ensemble including a helmet, coat, show shirt and boots, as well as a custom designed solid gold stock pin that has been in several Olympic Games with rider Robert Dover as well as Dover’s Olympic ring from one of the games.

Cruise around Manhattan

The second auction package is “Party Like the Stars!” This item includes a personal party for 40 people on a private yacht while cruising in the harbor around Manhattan. The yacht is completely stocked and the crew will serve beer, wine, liquor and hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.

2015 World Cup Dressage Finals

The third auction item is a package for two to watch the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Las Vegas in April of 2015. The trip includes tickets to the Finals, hotel accommodations at the Wynn Hotel for the duration of the stay and tickets to a Cirque de Soleil show while in Las Vegas.

2014 World Young Horse Breeding Championship

The fourth item is another trip to a horse show, but on a much grander scale! This trip includes airfare and hotel accommodation for two to the 2014 World Young Horse Breeding Championships to be held in August in Verden, Germany. In addition to the airfare and hotel, the winning bidder will be given 2 VIP tickets for all of the competition and will have the opportunity to get commentary from two of the US coaches. Robert Dover (the U.S. Chef d’Equipe) and Scott Hassler (the U.S. Young Horse Coach) will both be at the show and give the winner and guest the behind-the-scenes look at the show.

“Brooklyn 99” Set Visit

The fifth package for the auction has more of a Hollywood theme. This package is a day on the set of the hot new show, “Brooklyn 99”. The winner will be able to spend a day on the set, meet the cast and get autographs. Here is your chance to meet the stars of “Brooklyn 99,” including Joe Lo Truglio and Andy Samberg.

One hundred percent of the money collected from the benefit (ticket sales and auction proceeds) will directly fund the 2014 World Equestrian Games Dressage athletes and High Performance Programs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Checks should be made out directly to the USET Foundation. Sponsorships are available at the following levels: Platinum: $15,000; Gold: $10,000; Silver: $5,000; Table of 8: $2,000; Individual tickets: $250.

For ticket reservations, contact Annie Cizadlo at 218-349-3452 or email kodester1@yahoo.com. Send checks made out to: USET Foundation to Annie at 1170 Mourning Dove Lane, Wellington, FL 33414. Tickets may also be purchased via credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex accepted).

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.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
phone 561.753.3389  fax 561.753.3386
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com
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Human Dancers to Assist Dancing Horses

Local Studio Assists in U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Benefit Event

Wellington, FL – March 6, 2014 – The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of West Palm Beach is lending some of its professional ballroom dancers to assist in a benefit event to support the United States Equestrian Dressage Team on March 15, 2014. The special event, entitled “Prancing with the Stars” after the famous television program “Dancing with the Stars,” will include a dancing competition to get the auction started for the evening.

Studio owner Doreen Scheinpflug has arranged for professional dancers Mar Martinez, Tanya Payne, Clifton Sepulveda and Michael Chaves to each be paired up with two professional riders for two performances. The professional dancers will be paired with professional riders Chris Hickey, Cesar Parra, Todd Flettrich, Katherine Bateson Chandler, Shelly Francis, Adrienne Lyle, Tina Konyot and Michael Barisone.

Each team will demonstrate one of the following dances for their routine: waltz, tango, foxtrot, salsa, rumba, swing, cha cha or hustle. Each team will perform a 90-second dance routine which will be critiqued by three guest judges. The judges are Ellin Dixon Miller, Jane Savoie and Bent Jensen, all accomplished riders themselves.

After each routine is assessed by the judges, the bidding will begin. The professional riders will be auctioned off to the highest bidder for a day of their services. Bids will also be taken for the opportunity to sit with the judges during a freestyle.

After the Stars are auctioned off, bidding at the party will begin on several very exciting packages. Five items are available for pre-bidding by registering at http://uset.auctionanything.com. On-line pre-bidding began Wednesday, March 5 and closes at 12:00 noon on March 15.

One hundred percent of the money collected from the benefit (ticket sales and auction proceeds) will directly fund the 2014 World Equestrian Games Dressage athletes and High Performance Programs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Checks should be made out directly to the USET Foundation. Sponsorships are available at the following levels: Platinum: $15,000; Gold: $10,000; Silver: $5,000; Table of 8: $2,000; Individual tickets: $250.

For ticket reservations, contact Annie Cizadlo at 218-349-3452 or email kodester1@yahoo.com. Send checks made out to: USET Foundation to Annie at 1170 Mourning Dove Lane, Wellington, FL 33414. Tickets may also be purchased via credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex accepted).

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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Challenge of the Americas Adds Thrilling Four-Bar Class to Team Competition

Todd Minikus and Uruguay. Photos by Kenneth Kraus.

Wellington, FL – February 18, 2014 – The Challenge of the Americas will amp up the competition with a new addition to the 12th annual quadrille freestyle dressage event – four-bar showjumping with top high-performance riders.

Superstar showjumpers will team up with a dressage quadrille group to earn points to determine overall winners. Top showjumpers donating their time and talent to help raise money for breast cancer research include Beezie Madden, Todd Minikus, Laura Kraut, Pablo Barrios and Paulo Santana.

The exciting four-bar class, held on Friday, March 7 before the dressage competition, features riders from each team progressing through a series of combinations, four at a time. Each time a rider goes clean, the jumps get bigger and bigger until there’s only one horse and rider combination remaining.

Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and the current reigning FEI World Cup Champion. With 119 major victories to her credit, she’s one of the nation’s best.

Todd Minikus of Wellington is one of America’s winningest grand prix riders with over 120 major victories in his win column. He is a frequent member of the United States Equestrian team in Nations Cup competitions and was an alternate for the Olympic Games.

Laura Kraut and Cedric
Laura Kraut and Cedric

Laura Kraut of Wellington is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and a top contender on the world stage in the highly competitive Global Champions Tour. She has 106 career grand prix wins.

Pablo Barrios of Venezuela is an Olympic veteran for his home country. He burst upon the scene in Wellington in 2010 posting five big wins on the WEF tour that year including the $150,000 Spy Coast Grand Prix. He has been the Hagyard Rider of the Year in Kentucky.

Paulo Santana, of São Paulo, Brazil, stunned the crowd and the competition in Wellington two years ago when he rode Taloubet to victory in the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier CSI-W at Holiday and Horses. Since then, he has been a top competitor here and across the country.

The four-bar along with the freestyle dressage quadrille will be part of the Challenge of the Americas and held at the International Polo Club. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play For P.I.N.K.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by opening ceremonies. Then, world-class show jumpers and dressage riders team up to compete for points and bragging rights. First, the jumpers will take to the field to tackle the four-bar course. Then, the quadrille challenge pits teams of Grand Prix dressage riders against each other as they perform intricate freestyle patterns to music. After the award presentation, the Challenge Gala will cap off the event with dinner and dancing.

The Challenge of the Americas Presented by SSG Gloves and Betsy Juliano’s Havensafe Farm Fast Facts

What:  The Challenge of the Americas (COTA), presented by SSG Gloves and Betsy Juliano’s Havensafe Farm, is a spectacular event in which teams of high-performance dressage riders compete in intricate quadrilles set to world-class music and choreography. New to 2014, teams will also include elite show jumpers riding a four-bar course in an effort to rack up more points for their teams.

This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. The 12th annual Challenge will once again raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer by benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.

When:
Fri., March 7, 2014
5:30 p.m.     Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
6:00 p.m.     Opening ceremonies
6:10 p.m.     Challenge of the Americas Competition
7:45 p.m.     Award Presentation
8:00 p.m.     The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing

Where:
International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414
www.internationalpoloclub.com

Ticket Information:
Mary Ross
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 433-0988
Anglot@aol.com

Ticket prices:
VIP Tables of 10:   price includes competition and gala dinner and dancing
Gold Patron           $6,500 per table
Silver Patron         $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron        $2,500 per table
Individual Seating: $250 per person
General Admission seating $20 per person at the gate
Children 12 and under admitted free (General Admission)

Website:
www.challengeoftheamericas.com

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas

The Challenge of The Americas Beneficiary: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K

Play for P.I.N.K.
Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer, by creating and promoting awareness of breast cancer through sporting and lifestyle events including men’s and women’s golf tournaments, tennis, swimming, card games, equestrian events, and shopping benefits.  Our commitment is to contribute 100% of all funds raised to our beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  In 2013, PFP donated $4.25 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $34 million. For more information about PFP, visit playforpink.org.

Website: playforpink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/playforpink

Website: www.bcrfcure.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation

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2nd Annual “Solid Gold” USET Foundation Benefit Dinner

Sponsored by: Equestrian Sport Productions, Kim and Fred Boyer, Tuny and Dave Page, Susie and Tim Dutta

Wellington, FL – January 29, 2014 – Save the date for the 2nd Annual Solid Gold USET Foundation Benefit Dinner to be held at the Global Dressage Facility’s VIP tent on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The benefit is intended to raise funds for our 2014 World Equestrian Games athletes and High Performance Programs. 100% of the money raised from ticket sales, auction items and donations will go directly to the High Performance Athletes and Programs. All donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be made out directly to the USET Foundation.

The theme for this year’s benefit is “Prancing with the Stars” and will include short dance routines from famous riders and judges that will be auctioned off to the audience after each performance. Before the auction begins, however, the “Prancing” judges will give their evaluation of each act. Judges for this year include Jane Savoie (FEI rider and author of “Ride with Your Mind”), Ellen Dixon Miller (former president of USEF), and Tami Hoag (New York Times bestseller list author and FEI rider). This night of dinner and dancing will be hosted by MC Robert Dover (Chef d’equipe of the US Dressage Team). The auction will not only include the riders and judges that will be auctioned off after their performances, but also some exciting vacation packages, opportunities to sit in the judges’ booths at upcoming CDI Freestyle events and artwork.

The evening will start with some quadrille entertainment with live horses in the International Ring of the Global Dressage Facility, then the party will move inside the Global VIP tent for an entertaining evening. Ticket information and additional details will be available shortly. Come out for all the fun and support the US Team!

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.

Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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