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Top Dressage Riders and Showjumpers Team Up to Support Breast Cancer Research

The Challenge of the Americas Presented by SSG Gloves and 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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USET Foundation “Soirée du Cheval” Gala Launches $35 Million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence

Wellington, FL – January 27, 2014 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation launched its $35 million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence at its Gala in Wellington, Florida, on Friday evening, January 24. The benefit event was held at the International Polo Club in a beautifully designed and decorated dinner tent that radiated with French elegance in celebration of “Soirée du Cheval.” The guests included athletes, coaches, U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation friends and supporters.

The event, co-chaired by R. Bruce Duchossois, S. Tucker S. Johnson, and Robin Parsky, helped to raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the United States Equestrian Team athletes as they prepare to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The exciting live auction featured eight luxury items, which helped to raise over $700,000 for the U.S. Teams.

USET Foundation President S. Tucker S. Johnson delivered the keynote address, announcing the $35 Million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence. Johnson stressed the importance of the USET Foundation’s contributions in assisting the U.S. Teams as they prepare for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Each year, the USET Foundation provides a grant to the USEF for this country’s High Performance programs, which represents approximately 55% of the revenue that supports the international competition and training of our United States Equestrian Teams,” explained Johnson. “While we are proud of our accomplishments, we also recognize that for this country to be even more competitive at all international championships, we want to continue to increase our support to further expand the programs across the board: from the young and developing riders to the elite, providing for a strong and healthy pipeline while making sure seasoned teams have the backing necessary to succeed.”

Johnson continued, “I am thrilled to let you know that as we launch this campaign we have already received in cash and pledges $25,000,000 towards our $35,000,000 goal. This major gifts fundraising effort is directly benefiting the athletes and our United States Equestrian Teams in all eight international disciplines.”

Johnson thanked all the donors to the Campaign and recognized those individuals that have truly provided early philanthropic leadership, through their gift pledges of one half million dollars and above with a champagne toast. Over the next two years, the USET Foundation will work to raise the remaining $10 million.

The USET Foundation also presented its two most prestigious and coveted awards to riders: Katie Dinan the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy and Beezie Madden with the Whitney Stone Cup for the third year. Both athletes delivered outstanding speeches recognizing and thanking their fellow teammates and the USET Foundation.

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’s “Soirée du Cheval” Features Fabulous Live Auction Items

Wellington, FL – January 14, 2014 – On Friday, January 24, 2014, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation will be hosting a benefit event at The Pavilion at the International Polo Club in Wellington, FL. “Soirée du Cheval,” co-chaired by R. Bruce Duchossois, S. Tucker S. Johnson and Robin Parsky, will help raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the United States Equestrian Team athletes as they prepare to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. This year’s event will feature fabulous live auction items, with all proceeds going to the U.S. Teams in Normandy.

Bruce Duchossois has donated a V.I.P. Trip for Two to the Kentucky Derby. Experience all the excitement of the 2014 Kentucky Derby in style as you and a guest watch the Derby from your Skye Terrace Suite at Churchill Downs. Enjoy a view of the finish line while taking advantage of a gourmet menu and full service bar. Accommodations include two nights at The Brown Hotel, the exclusive and historic crown jewel of Louisville’s luxury hotels.

Enjoy a Private Charter in the British Virgin Islands or Caribbean on “Lionshare”, a 130-foot luxury motor yacht, donated by the Roffman Family. Lionshare is available for a 4-night, 5-day charter for up to 10 people in 5 staterooms, suitable for adult and family-style vacations. The yacht features a recently updated contemporary interior, vast deck spaces for sunning, inside and outside dining areas and a huge choice of watersports. The convivial 7-member crew includes a fully qualified masseuse, diving instructor and award-winning chef. The charter is available between February and mid-April from ports of embarkation/debarkation depending on the yacht’s winter cruising itinerary.

Guests at the “Soirée du Cheval” may also bid on the Ride of a Lifetime on World Cup Champion Ravel, donated by Akiko Yamazaki. Take a 45-minute dressage “lesson” on World Cup Champion Ravel, under the instruction of Olympian Steffen Peters at Ravel’s current home, Four Winds Farm in Woodside, CA. The 15-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Four Winds Farm, was fourth individually at the 2008 Olympic Games, won the 2009 World Cup Final, the 2009 Aachen CDIO, won two Bronze medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and has twice been the U.S. Grand Prix Dressage Champion. Ravel is a modern day legend for the American sport!

A V.I.P. Concert Experience with Country Star and Grammy Award Winner Lyle Lovett. Lovett will provide four V.I.P. tickets to attend a concert of your choice in 2014, as well as attend the post-concert party reception as his guests. Do not miss the chance to spend the evening with one of the great country artists of all time.

If you have a special interest in golf, Jack Wetzel has donated passes to the Final Sunday at The Masters. These passes are perhaps the most difficult to secure in all of sports, but now is your chance to have badges for two people to attend the final Sunday at the 2014 Masters on April 13. This provides access to the entire golf course (except Members Only Club House) and private parking. The package includes a two-night stay at H & D Farm in a beautiful apartment in nearby Aiken, SC, plus breakfast each day at the exclusive and private Green Boundary Club, also in Aiken.

Focused on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France? The USET Foundation is offering the opportunity attend the Games in comfort and style with a first class hospitality package at Chateau La Cheneviere. Travel to France for Week I of the World Equestrian Games (August 23-31) to cheer on the “team” and stay with USET Foundation friends and supporters in a Deluxe room for two at the luxurious Chateau La Cheneviere. The Chateau, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Group, is located a mere 30 minutes from the main Games venue at Caen. You will also receive 2 A-level tickets to the Opening Ceremonies and your choice of Dressage, Eventing, Reining, Endurance or Para-Dressage. All breakfast and dinners will be included, along with transportation to Caen venues.

Thanks to the Rock Creek Cattle Company, the auction will feature three nights at the fabulous luxury Montana ranch. Rock Creek Cattle Company is a “members only” 30,000-acre historic Montana working cattle ranch traversed by streams and framed by mountains. It boasts one of Tom Doak’s finest private golf courses as its centerpiece as well as the Rock Creek Cattlemen’s Club – the beautiful, well-appointed lodge. The company’s impressive landscape is situated on the northeast side of the magnificent Flint Creek Mountain Range, just outside of Deer Lodge. You will be lodged in a luxury cottage. The foursome is entitled to two rounds of golf each as part of the package and guests can enjoy all the other activities on an a la carte payment basis as “members.” Activities include horseback riding, fly-fishing, paddle sports, hunting and shooting sports, whitewater rafting, ATV trail riding, biking and hiking.

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Jeannie and Hunter Harrison have donated a V.I.P. Package for Four at the Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO5*, including the $1.5 million Canadian Pacific International Grand Prix. Enjoy top international competition at the Spruce Meadows Masters in style and comfort while you watch the world’s best horses and riders vie for a Nations Cup victory and a share of the $1.5 million purse in the Canadian Pacific International Grand Prix. This package includes round trip airfare within North America and four tickets to a fabulous Sky Box during the Masters CSIO5* competition September 12-14, 2014. You will spend your evenings with Friday and Saturday night accommodations at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel in Calgary. In addition, you are invited to dinner on Friday night as guests of your hosts, Jeannie and Hunter Harrison, at their nearby residence. Get ready to be whisked away, wined and dined – all while watching the very best in international show jumping at The Masters!

This celebratory evening will also include awarding two of the USET Foundation’s most coveted honors, the prestigious Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy and the Whitney Stone Cup.  Guests will enjoy cocktails at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m., a live auction that will have guests enthusiastically bidding for these incredible items followed by dancing to “Soul Survivor.”

If you have not reserved a seat or table, make your reservations to attend today! This wonderful evening is always a sell out and you do not want to miss this fun and important event recognizing the USET Foundation’s generous supporters and this country’s top athletes while continuing to raise funds for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. 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.

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

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Team Step by Step Jump-Start 2014 Fundraising in Winning Way at ESP Holiday Festival Horse Shows

Left to Right: Step by Step supporters Richard Pratt, Liliane Stransky, Gustavo Murcia, Junior/A-O Champion Heather Hooker and Reserve Champion Daniela Stransky (mounted) and Hector Florentino celebrate victory during final ESP Holiday Festival Horse Show. Photo by Jack Mancini.

Top juniors champions, amateurs, and professionals, including Stransky’s Mission Farm’s Daniela Stransky, Mario Gamboa, Hector Florentino and realtor Rodolfo A. Maya of Illustrated Properties, jump started their efforts on behalf of Liliane Stransky’s Step by Step Foundation to guarantee a brighter future for children in the area by raising funds and gathering donations for local charities Harmony House, The Lord’s Place, Iglesia Apostolica Fuente de Vida, and Children’s Home Society of Miami.

A group of stellar young Step by Step show jumping supporters was winning up a storm during the 2014 ESP Holiday Festival III horse show.  Heather Hooker put things into high gear and rode Perle to the Low Junior/Amateur Owner Championship with Daniela Stransky taking the Reserve Championship aboard her gray gelding Liverpool in addition in addition to a blue winning effort aboard her new mare Winnie.  In another ring at PBIEC, fellow Step by Step teen Emanuel Andrade put in fast and clear rounds with his mount Luky des Rocquelines to tie for Reserve Champion in the High Junior/Amateur Owner division.   These talented teens are among a slew of riders of all ages, levels and nationalities, who will be riding to raise awareness and funds for the Step by Step Foundation in 2014 both here and internationally.

For further information or to become a member of “Team Step by Step”, go to www.stepbystepfoundation.com.

The Old West Comes to Palm Beach County for Who Reins Supreme?

Peter Pletcher competing in the reining competition last year. Photo: Tom Tracy.

Reining Competition, Trick Riders, Music, Cocktails and More at Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Fourth Annual Fundraiser

WELLINGTON, FL (December 19, 2013) – The Equestrian Aid Foundation will host the fourth annual winter Who Reins Supreme? on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach. The Old West themed event will feature a unique reining competition, cocktail hour, trick riders, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and more.

The highlight of Who Reins Supreme? will be a reining competition between two teams, each comprised of a compilation of hunters, jumpers, and dressage riders. The competitors will include Ashley Holzer, Nick Dello Joio, Peter Pletcher, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson. World Equestrian Games individual Gold Medalist Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay, one of the all-time leaders in the sport of reining, will captain each team, coaching the competitors and representing their teams in the competition.

The past two presidents of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, Robert Dover and Mason Phelps, Jr., will be honored along with the current president, R. Scot Evans, for their dedication to the equine community and role in providing care and support for those in need.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position that allows me to give back to those who make equestrian sports possible and share my passion for these remarkable animals,” said Evans. “I truly believe that the Equestrian Aid Foundation provides an invaluable service, and I am proud to be a part of their great work.”

Proceeds from the evening will benefit EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries. Tickets and tables can be purchased at equestrianaidfoundation.org.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For 17 years, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related 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. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

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Super Bowl Great Ray Lewis, Jr. to Speak at Derby-Time Event

“Race for Grace” Dinner Supports Race Track Ministry

March 8, 2013 – Louisville, KY – Ray Lewis, Jr., a two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens, will be the guest speaker at “Race for Grace,” the annual Derby-time fundraising dinner for the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy. The event is set for Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m., in Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs.

The legendary Lewis announced his retirement from football following the Ravens’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in this year’s Super Bowl. The win capped a long string of professional football achievements for Lewis that includes being named multiple times as NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Associated Press All-Pro.

Lewis’ life has also consisted of overcoming high-profile difficulties off the football field. He will be sharing testimony at the dinner about his redemption through his Christian faith.

Lewis is the founder of “Ray Lewis 52 Foundation”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to disadvantaged youth. His commitment to his faith has been featured in two cover stories of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Also appearing at the dinner will be Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who won the 1992 Kentucky Derby winner aboard Lil E. Tee, as well as other horse racing notables. Jackie Hays, who is well-known for her career as news anchor on WAVE TV, will be the event’s emcee.

The evening will also include musical entertainment and a live and silent auction of unusual horse racing memorabilia, sports tickets, and other items of interest. Dress is business casual.

Tickets are $200 per person, and tables for eight are $2,000 for guaranteed seating arrangement. Various levels of sponsorship are also available and impact the level of services that the non-profit ministry is able to provide to track workers.

For more information about the ministry at Kentucky racetracks, please go to www.kychaplaincy.org. For ticket reservations, email us at info@kychaplaincy.org or call Christ Chapel at (502) 636-4476.

About Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy – KRTC is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving workers at Kentucky’s race tracks and horse training centers. For more info about the ministry, go to ww.kychaplaincy.org, and for even more up-to-date news, “LIKE” Kentucky Race Trace Chaplaincy on Facebook.

NEWS FOR MEMBERS OF THE “WOMEN’S HORSE INDUSTRY NETWORK”:

WHIN member Kate Richards Wilt is developing an exciting on-line auction program that will introduce the Race for Grace event and its mission and offers significant exposure via hyper-links for participating auction donors.

The on-line auction will be launched for bidding in early April via BiddingforGood.com and will target more than 350,000 upscale auction shoppers interested in the mission of the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy and the sport of horse racing. It will feature “unique experiences” relating to the Derby and Oaks, Turfway Park and Ellis Park, as well as event tickets, hotel rooms, VIP tours and gifts and services that enhance the value of the package.

For more about this unique opportunity, contact Kate at kate.myracingheart@yahoo.com.

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Samshield Added to Sponsor List for The Challenge of the Americas

Mason Phelps practices his Pas de Deux sporting his custom Samshield helmet.

Wellington, FL – March 3, 2013 – The makers of Samshield Helmets have graciously agreed to sponsor The Challenge of the Americas and donated custom, top-of-the-line riding helmets to Olympic athletes Debbie McDonald and Mason Phelps for their comeback Pas de Deux performance for The Challenge.

McDonald and Phelps will celebrate their return to the ring sporting Samshield Helmets in a dressage freestyle exhibition at the March 9 event at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center to help raise funds for breast cancer research at The Challenge of the Americas.

Samshield Helmets pair customized styling with high-tech functionality, making Samshield the helmet of choice for many international riders. Now ASTM/SEI approved and available for purchase in the U.S., Samshield is delighted to offer American professional and amateur riders the ultimate in fit, safety and style.

“Samshield is the result of a mix between the pro and amateur rider’s needs, the young designer’s creative energy and the engineer’s technical vision,” explained Julien Lecomte of Samshield USA. “Samshield’s philosophy is to always propose advanced products in terms of active and passive security, comfort, hygiene, material and finish quality as well as customization.”

“I am proud to support Debbie and Mason by providing helmets, but even more important is the reason for the event − raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research,” Lecomte continued.  “This will surely be a night to remember.”

The Challenge of the Americas returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe competing in team quadrilles to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by opening ceremonies. McDonald and Phelps will come out of retirement for their special Pas de Deux wearing their Samshield Helmets then reining cow horse champions Rick Steed and his brother Trevor will perform a reining exhibition. After their exhibition, the Canadian mother/daughter team of Evi Strasser and Tanya Strasser-Shostak will present another Pas de Deux. Then, the quadrille team challenge will pit teams of top dressage riders against each other as they perform intricate freestyle patterns to wow the crowd.  After an award presentation, the Challenge Gala featuring dinner and dancing will cap off the event.

Both McDonald and Phelps came out of retirement to help raise funds for breast cancer research. “It was a collaborative effort to challenge each other to get back in front of the public and it is all for a good cause,” Phelps said. “Debbie and I are thrilled to be helping raise money for breast cancer and we couldn’t have done it in such a big way without the help of so many generous sponsors and helpers.”

Top names are behind the duo, including Carl Hester, who is helping choreograph the freestyle, Terry Ciotto Gallo, who is donating the musical compilation for the disco-themed ride, Stoddard Oliver, who is tailoring the costumes, Suzanne E. Mott Dansby of Dancing Horse Farm and Jennifer Benoit of Seahorse Stables of Wellington, who are lending horses for McDonald and Phelps to ride, and Samshield.

The blinged-out McDonald and Phelps will sport white tailcoats with red satin lining and collar and red buttons, blue bowties and cummerbunds, and blue breeches along with their Samshield custom helmets.

Samshield melds innovation, elegance and distinctiveness to provide advanced products in terms of active and passive security, comfort, hygiene, material and finish quality as well as customization for the modern rider.  Riders like McClain Ward, Kent Farrington, Ally Wolf, Ashley Holzer, Heather Blitz and Adrienne Lyle, Debbie McDonald’s protégé, all choose Samshield helmets. Samshield’s donation of custom helmets to dressage Olympian McDonald and eventing Olympian Mason Phelps provides the duo ultimate protection combined with stylish good looks to make their Pas de Deux even more unforgettable.

McDonald is also pleased to be a part of the event. “After losing my mother and sister to breast cancer, the cause is near and dear to me,” McDonald said.  “If we can entertain and sell a few more seats, it is all for a good cause.”

To purchase tickets to see McDonald and Phelps Pas de Deux as well as the top international dressage riders competing in dressage freestyle quadrilles and other exhibitions, contact Mary Ross at (561) 433-0988 or via email at Anglot@aol.com.

For more information, go to challengeoftheamericas.com.

The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts

What:

The Challenge of The Americas (COTA), presented by SSG Gloves, known throughout the equestrian world for its spectacular performances on horseback, returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

There are few, if any, places throughout the world where an audience can delight in the performances of such a large and distinguished group of riders and their magnificent equine partners. The Challenge of The Americas’ teams of international riders compete in quadrilles to world-class music and choreography in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.

When:

Saturday, March 9, 2013
5:30 p.m.        Cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres
6:15 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies
6:25 p.m.        Reining Freestyles and Pas de Deux
6:45 p.m.        Quadrille Team Challenge
7:30 p.m.        Award Presentation
7:45 p.m.        The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing

Where:

Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/#.UP1pfqHjmFc

Sponsors:
Back on Track Products
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
MatchnRide.com
Merrill Lynch, The Seley Parker Group
Purina Mills
Red Barn Feed & Supply
Samshield
SSG Gloves
Steed Training
Tackeria
United States Dressage Federation
Wellington Classic Dressage

Ticket Information:

Mary Ross
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 433-0988
(561) 251-7945
Anglot@aol.com

Ticket prices:

VIP Tables of 8:
Gold Patron               $6,500 per table
Silver Patron              $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron            $2,000 per table

VIP Individual Seating:
Competition and Gala (includes dinner and dancing)       $250 per person
Competition (includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)        $100 per person

General Admission seating $20 per person at the gate
Children 12 and under admitted free (General Admission)

News and Information:
Phelps Media Group
Sue Weakley
skw@phelpsmediagroup.com
(561) 753-3389
12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
PhelpsMediaGroup.com

Website:
www.challengeoftheamericas.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas

The Challenge of The Americas Beneficiaries:

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 2012, PFP donated $4 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $29.75 million. For more information about PFP, visit playforpink.org.

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

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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

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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
www.EquestrianAidFoundation.org

Chester Weber Donates Two Days of Training to “Salute to Driving” USET Fundraiser

Ocala, FL (February 22, 2012) – Decorated combined driver Chester Weber will donate a package for Two Days of Training at the United States Equestrian Team’s “Salute to Driving” Fundraiser.  The benefit is designed to raise funds for the discipline of driving, and Weber invites the winner to bring their own horses to enjoy two days of training at his prestigious Ocala training facility, Live Oak Stud.

The Third Annual Salute to Driving fundraising event will take place March 1-3 in Windsor, South Carolina.  Each year, the event has raised money for the country’s High Performance Driving programs for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.  The 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 driving competition for Preliminary to Advanced level drivers on Sunday.  Also included in the weekend are dressage clinics with Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn, harnessing demonstrations, carriage exhibits, a Driving Blind Cones activity with golf carts, and a mini-quadrille.  The Salute to Driving fundraiser will be hosted by Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms in South Carolina.

“I am really looking forward to once again supporting the Salute to Driving weekend.  Last year I donated two days of training, and it was very well received.  I believe the USET is a very worthy cause and the money raised during this weekend will go toward sending the US driving athletes to international competitions,” Weber said.

Weber is known for his prowess in the discipline of combined driving, and has many wins and accolades to his name.  He and his team of KWPN geldings took Individual Silver and helped propel the US team to a Bronze medal at the 2012 World Driving Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany.  Known for his trademark record-breaking scores in the dressage phase, Weber was dubbed “Mr. Dressage” by the foreign media when he competed overseas during the summers of 2011 and 2012; he recently scored a 37.94 in the dressage at the 2013 CAI Little Everglades and set a new World Record with FEI Test 11.  Weber also has many international wins under his belt and has won the USEF National Four-in-Hand Combined Driving Championship a record 9 times.

Not content to simply win championships, Weber has built a reputation for giving back to his sport throughout the years.  By donating unique items and opportunities, Weber increases awareness and gives Combined Driving a good name.  Bonnie Jenkins, the executive director of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, said, “It’s really nice when our world class drivers give back and continue to help their discipline.”

For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com. For more information on the Salute to Driving weekend, contact Beverly Lesher at 717 554 1241 or nanabrl@aol.com.

For more information contact:
Johnny Robb – JRPR, Inc.
561-753-4608
jrpr@mac.com

Rick and Trevor Steed Performing Dueling Reined Cow Horse Exhibition at COTA

Wellington, FL – February 20, 2013 – Reined cow horse champions Rick Steed and his brother Trevor will perform a dueling reined cow horse exhibition at The Challenge of the Americas, Saturday, March 9 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center where the two will try to outdo each other with spins, stops and slides.

The Challenge of the Americas Presented by SSG Gloves returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe competing in team quadrilles to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

Rick Steed has been involved in the horse industry as a trainer, mentor, showman and clinician for more than 20 years and is pleased to help The Challenge. “I believe in supporting charities and giving back to the community as No. 1,” he said. “No. 2 is in our quest to become horsemen; we exhibit the special relationship between horse and rider.”

His career diversity ranges from winning World and National championships to working with the BLM teaching adopters and wild mustangs to donating his time to 4-H clubs. Since 2006, he has won nine World and Reserve Championships in reined cow horse, a World Championship in reining freestyle and a Reserve World Championship in reining freestyle.

Trevor Steed won his first Reserve World Championship in Reined Cow Horse in 2012.

Rick Steed and Smarty
Rick Steed and Smarty

Rick Steed pioneered a program he calls “Simplifying Horsemanship” in which he teaches that there are three guideable body parts on a horse: the nose, the shoulders and the hips. “There’s nothing you can’t do on a horse, even at a high level, if you can guide those body parts,” he said.

Steed believes that in true horsemanship, the horse always comes first. He added that anyone interested in learning about Simplifying Horsemanship is welcome to come to his ranch to check it out. “The first lesson is always free,” he said.

He has also built a blueprint for reined cow horse events he calls Show By Appointment (SBA) Reined Cow Horse Company, with the goal of making horse shows fun, fair and affordable for all competitors. SBA offers exhibitors the opportunity to make an appointment to show their horses on the day of the scheduled show at a time they choose, given availability. Steed emphasized fairness in judging and a relaxed atmosphere are part of the events.

For more information about Rick Steed and Simplifying Horsemanship, log onto www.steedtraining.net.

To learn more about Show By Appointment, go to showbyappointment.com.

To learn more about The Challenge of The Americas, go to challengeoftheamericas.com.

To buy tickets, contact Mary Ross at (561) 433-0988 or Anglot@aol.com.

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas.

The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts

What:

The Challenge of The Americas (COTA) presented by SSG Gloves, known throughout the equestrian world for its spectacular performances on horseback, returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

There are few, if any, places throughout the world where an audience can delight in the performances of such a large and distinguished group of riders and their magnificent equine partners. The Challenge of The Americas’ teams of international riders compete in quadrilles to world-class music and choreography in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.

When:

Saturday, March 9, 2013
5:30 p.m.        Cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres
6:15 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies
6:25 p.m.        Reining Freestyles and Pas de Deux
6:45 p.m.        Quadrille Team Challenge
7:30 p.m.        Award Presentation
7:45 p.m.        The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing

Where:

Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/#.UP1pfqHjmFc

Sponsors:
Back on Track Products
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
MatchnRide.com
Merrill Lynch, The Seley Parker Group
Purina Mills
Red Barn Feed & Supply
Samshield
SSG Gloves
Steed Training
Tackeria
United States Dressage Federation
Wellington Classic Dressage

Ticket Information:

Mary Ross
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 433-0988
(561) 251-7945
Anglot@aol.com

Ticket prices:

VIP Tables of 8:
Gold Patron               $6,500 per table
Silver Patron              $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron            $2,000 per table

VIP Individual Seating:
Competition and Gala (includes dinner and dancing)       $250 per person
Competition (includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)        $100 per person

General Admission seating $20 per person at the gate
Children 12 and under admitted free (General Admission)

News and Information:
Phelps Media Group
Sue Weakley
skw@phelpsmediagroup.com
(561) 753-3389
12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
PhelpsMediaGroup.com

Website:
www.challengeoftheamericas.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas

The Challenge of The Americas Beneficiaries:

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 2012, PFP donated $4 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $29.75 million. For more information about PFP, visit playforpink.org.

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

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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

Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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