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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.

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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.

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USET Foundation World Equestrian Games Gala in Aiken to Benefit the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

Aiken, SC – January 30, 2014 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to invite members of the equestrian community to the Aiken Eventing Gala on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6pm. The event will be held at Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC, and will benefit the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team’s quest for Gold at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Guests will gather together in cocktail attire to enjoy drinks, a buffet, dancing, and a silent auction while supporting the U.S. Eventing High Performance programs with proceeds going to the USET Foundation.

To R.S.V.P., please contact Sara Ike at the USET Foundation by emailing sara.ike@uset.org or calling (908) 234-1251.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Gold Medal Sponsor         $5,000        6 tickets
Silver Medal Sponsor        $2,500        6 tickets
Bronze Medal Sponsor      $1,500        4 tickets
Supporter                           $500        2 tickets
Individual tickets                $125

Checks should be made out to the USET Foundation, Inc. and mailed to Sara Ike c/o USET Foundation PO Box 355 Gladstone, NJ 07934.

Make sure to reserve early for this exciting event! The Aiken Eventing Gala is organized by the Aiken Gala Committee with Co-Chairmen Bruce Duchossois & Jack Wetzel, as well as Heidi Beaumont, Amy Ruth Borun, Gloria Callen, Pierre Colin, Nanki Doubleday, Phillip & Evie Dutton, Nancy & David Hathaway, Kirk Henckels, Kelly Hughes, Annie Jones, Densey Juvonen, Fernanda Kellogg, Denise Lahey, Anne & Mike Laver, Sandy O’Donnell, Barry & Cyndy Olliff, Bonnie Stedt, Tom Tierney and Gretchen Wintersteen.

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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US Para-Dressage Athletes Make Big Impression at USET Foundation “Soirée du Cheval” Gala

United States Para-Equestrian Athletes, Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt, trainers, and their support staff. Left to Right front row: Cambry Kaylor, Roxanne Trunnell, Hope Hand, Derrick Perkins, Sydney Collier. Back Row left to right: Brian Kaylor, Regina Cristo, Josette Trunnell, Susan Guinan, Ellie Brimmer, Ashley Flores-Simmons, Susan Treabess, Tina Wentz, Kai Handt (Chef d’Equipe), Mary Jordan, Dale Dedrick, Roz Kinstler. Photo by Lindsay Y McCall.

Wellington, FL – January 30, 2014 – For one exciting evening their boots were left in the closet and their heels and ties appeared.  On January 24, 2014, The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation launched their $35 Million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence at the “Soirée du Cheval” Gala.  The event was held at The Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach and was a benefit for the United States Equestrian Teams headed to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Para-Dressage riders from across the country including riders from Northern California, Maine, and Texas flew to Wellington, Florida, in support of the U.S. Para-Dressage Team, the U.S. Show Jumping Team, the Eventing Team, the U.S. Dressage Team, the U.S. Reining Team, the Driving Team, the U.S. Endurance Team, and the U.S. Vaulting Team. After a wonderful keynote speech from USET Foundation President Tucker S. Johnson, a live auction commenced where over $700,000 was raised for the U.S. Teams. The event concluded with attendees hopping on the dance floor to celebrate the evening.  Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt was also in attendance at the event supporting the Para-Dressage riders and each of the United States Equestrian Teams. After the gala, Kai Handt had his first athlete meeting for the top-ranked Para-Dressage riders, their families, and support staff. Handt stressed how the future of the USEF U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team is growing with young and emerging new talent. Excitement is building, while the first of two U.S. final 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games qualifier competitions start in March. The discipline anticipates several new horse rider combinations to be debuted, making the final team selection suspenseful.

Laureen Johnson, USEF High Performance Director of Para-Equestrian and Vaulting, commented, “I was delighted to see so many Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts attend the USET Foundation’s ‘Soirée du Cheval’ World Equestrian Games benefit in Wellington.  It was a most memorable evening for all.”

She continued, “Kai Handt, the new Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, kicked off the next morning with a very successful breakfast forum for the top ranked Para-Equestrian athletes and coaches to discuss the team approach and strategize for 2014.  The feedback received was amazing and all athletes appeared to share Kai’s enthusiasm and grasped the team concept whole-heartedly. We are looking forward to working with Kai and a successful 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games experience.”

For more information about the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline, please contact Laureen Johnson, USEF High Performance Director of Para-Equestrian and Vaulting, 908-326-1155, or via email at lkjohnson@usef.org.

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall

To view an online version of this press release, 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.

Act Today and Become a Sponsor for the 2014 White, White West Party Benefiting Horses Healing Hearts

Wellington, FL – December 17, 2013 – Don’t miss your opportunity to become a VIP for the 2014 White, White West Party, benefiting Horses Healing Hearts. With a sponsorship, you will be entitled to the most that the “party of the season” will have to offer. It is a night that you will not forget as the Coach House, formerly the Players Club, in Wellington, FL, is transformed into a dazzling venue of white and western couture. On February 21, 2014 at 7 p.m., Horses Healing Hearts will welcome guests as they don their bolo ties, best boots and white western attire to benefit the local equine non-profit organization.

Horses Healing Hearts helps children who have been raised in homes where substance abuse and addiction are present. Based on a platform of equine experiential learning, the organization teaches the children self-empowerment, life coping skills, and trust through riding and taking care of horses. Through the human and horse relationship, the children in the program learn responsibility and gain confidence. The 501(c)3 charitable organization is the only one of its kind in the nation and directly benefits youth in our local community.

Join Horses Healing Hearts in kicking off the 2014 season with their White, White West Party on Friday, February 21, 2014, and become a VIP. Guests will enjoy food, fun, entertainment and exciting silent and live auctions. There will be a buffet/carving station, and a cash bar at the event with live musical entertainment and more. Last year the event raised over $50,000 for HHH and nearly doubled in attendance. Be a part of the movement, and help this local organization start 2014 off right in white!

Sponsorships are still available for this highlight event of the social calendar. For $5,000 you could become a John Wayne Hosting Sponsor, which includes: 30 White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; featured recognition as the John Wayne Sponsor in all press releases, radio, featured recognition as the John Wayne Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo featured as a John Wayne Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as the John Wayne Hosting Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; and special recognition during announcement at the event.

For $3,000, you can become a Roy Rogers Sponsor, which includes: 15 White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; recognition as the Roy Rogers Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo featured as the Roy Rogers Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as a Roy Rogers Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; and special recognition during announcement at the event.

For only $1,000, become a Dale Evans Sponsor. This sponsorship includes: six White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; recognition as a Dale Evans Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo recognition as a Dale Evans Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as a Dale Evans Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; special recognition during announcement at the event.

As a Trigger Sponsor, for $500, you will receive four White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; recognition as a Trigger Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo recognition as a Trigger Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as a Trigger Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; and special recognition during the announcement at the event.

All checks should be made payable to Horses Healing Hearts, Inc. To learn more about Horses Healing Hearts, Inc., to get involved, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hhhusa.org.

All checks should be mailed to:
Attn: WWW/HHH Accounts receivable
10359 Oak Meadow Lane
Wellington FL 33449

Tickets for the event are $80 if purchased before February 21, 2014. Tickets at the door will cost $100, so act fast to save some money for the silent and live auctions, where only the best of the best will be up for bidding. There will be a buffet/carving station and a cash bar at the event.

If you are unable to attend the White, White West Party, consider making a pledge at www.HHHUSA.org to help HHH meet their mission of helping children in families with substance abuse through equine experiential learning.

Horses Healing Hearts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children of alcoholics and substance abuse through equine experiential learning. To learn more about Horses Healing Hearts or how you can help with donations of money or time, go to www.HHHUSA.org or e-mail Liz Olszewski at liz@hhhusa.org or call (561) 713-6133.

White, White West Fast Facts:

What: White, White West (White Party Meets Western Party)

When: Friday, February 21, 2014

Time: 7-10 pm

Where:
The Coach House – Formerly Players Club
13410 South Shore Blvd.
Wellington, FL 33414

For Event Information, Sponsorship Packages and Tickets:
E-mail Liz@hhhusa.com or Tere@hhhusa.org
Or go to www.HHHUSA.org or click here.

Tickets for the event are $80 if purchased before February 20, 2014. Tickets at the door cost $100. There will be a buffet/carving station, and a cash bar at the event.

If you would rather send a check please make payable to “Horses Healing Hearts” and send to:

Attn: WWW/HHH Accounts receivable
10359 Oak Meadow Lane
Wellington FL 33449

Sponsorship Opportunities

JOHN WAYNE HOSTING SPONSOR ($5,000): 30 White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; featured recognition as the John Wayne Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo featured as the John Wayne Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as the John Wayne Hosting Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; special recognition during announcement at the event.

ROY ROGERS SPONSOR ($3,000): 15 White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; recognition as the Roy Rogers Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo featured as the Roy Rogers Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as the Roy Rogers Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; special recognition during announcement at the event.

DALE EVANS SPONSOR ($1,000): Six White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; recognition as a Dale Evans Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo recognition as a Dale Evans Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as a Dale Evans Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; special recognition during announcement at the event.

TRIGGER SPONSOR ($500): Four White, White West VIP Tickets; VIP Seating with table service; recognition as a Trigger Sponsor in all press releases, radio, television and advertising; logo recognition as a Trigger Sponsor on the website www.hhhusa.org; logo placement and recognition as a Trigger Sponsor on all e-mail campaigns, Facebook and Twitter campaigns; special recognition during the announcement at the event.

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