Category Archives: Fundraisers

Debbie McDonald and Mason Phelps Return to the Ring for Challenge of the Americas

Debbie McDonald and Mason Phelps

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2013 – Olympians Debbie McDonald and Mason Phelps are teaming together in a dressage pas de deux exhibition at The Challenge of the Americas March 9 to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

Both Olympians came out of retirement to plan the ride. “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, Samshield, who donated top-of-line helmets for the pair, and Stoddard Oliver, who is tailoring the costumes.

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Who Will Rein Supreme? Find Out … Feb. 1

Presented by Wellington Classic Dressage at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Presenting the 2013 EAF Luminary Award to R. Bruce Duchossois!

Join us for a spectacular night of reining with world-class dressage, show jumping, hunter and polo teams! Featuring great food and drinks at the Taste of Charity sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, exciting auctions and a fun country western band.

Buy your tables and tickets now!

Don’t miss the best event of 2013!

See the Nov. 2012 press release here.

Equestrian Aid Foundation | 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 22-377 | Wellington | FL | 33414

Kent Farrington and Dynamo Win $100,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix CSI 2*

The Voice Winner Cassadee Pope Rocked Opening Ceremonies; Money Raised to Benefit the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge

Kent Farrington and Dynamo jump over the Veuve Clicquot fence. Photo © Sportfot

Palm Beach, FL – January 7, 2013 – The first ever $100,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix CSI 2* debuted to rave reviews on Sunday, January 6, at the beautiful Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL. With some of the world’s top show jumpers competing on the lawn of Donald Trump’s scenic estate overlooking South Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, U.S. rider Kent Farrington jumped to victory in the inaugural class aboard Amalaya Investments’ Dynamo.

The Trump Invitational benefits the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (FTI GCC), present by Fidelity Investments, one of the hallmarks of Equestrian Sport Productions’ FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The event has raised and distributed over $2.7 million to local Palm Beach charities over the last three years. In addition to the grand prix competition on Sunday, a wild card charity was drawn for the 2013 FTI GCC, The Voice winner Cassadee Pope performed some of her top songs as well as the national anthem, and Olympic Dressage duo Tina Konyot and Calecto V performed their winning freestyle exhibition.

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Dine with Four-in-Hand Champion Chester Weber and Nourish Sunshine Pony Club

Chester Weber and his wife My Elisabeth will be hosting a table during the U.S. Pony Club’s First Annual Fund Raiser Winter Gala at BG Farms in Ocala, Florida. (Photo courtesy of Chester Weber)

Ocala, FL (December 27, 2012) – If the question ‘Who would be your perfect dinner companion?’ sparks your imagination, don’t miss the Sunshine Region of the U.S. Pony Club’s First Annual Fund Raiser Winter Gala at BG Farms in Ocala, FL, giving members and guests an unbridled opportunity for “dinner with the stars” of the horse world.  Nine-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion, Chester Weber, is one of 30 FEI-level equestrians hosting tables at the event, including Olympic and Pan American Games medalists, Maclay finalists, and ‘A’ and ‘B’ Pony Clubbers. Tickets are still available for the dinner, December 29, from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm, at $100 each for the chance to break bread and enjoy conversations over a fine meal with veteran horsemen at http://sunshineregionponyclubs.org.

Weber and his wife, show jumper My Elisabeth, have long been dedicated to seeing more young people get involved in horses, lending their influence and expertise to the combined driving, show jumping, and dressage communities and charities.  In 2012, they debuted FEI CSI** show jumping at Live Oak International, adding to the already prestigious program of the premier North American combined driving event, and were co-chairs for the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Noche de Gala benefit for Shands Hospital for Children and the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation mission to create a state-of-the-art children’s hospital at the University of Florida.

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Show Jumping Riders Announced for $100,000 Trump Invitational

Initial Tables Sold Out, New Tables Added with Limited Availability; Tina Konyot and Calecto V to Perform Dressage Exhibition

Wellington, FL – December 26, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that the riders for the $100,000 Trump Invitational, held at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Palm Beach Island on Sunday, January 6, at 12 p.m., have been announced.

The riders that will be invited to compete in the inaugural $100,000 Trump Invitational are:

From the United States:

  • Kent Farrington
  • Laura Kraut
  • Reed Kessler
  • Mclain Ward
  • Lauren Hough
  • Katie Dinan
  • Brianne Goutal
  • Christine McCrea
  • Saer Coulter
  • Charlie Jayne
  • Candice King
  • Margie Engle
  • Jessica Springsteen
  • Leslie Howard
  • Kirsten Coe
  • Schuyler Riley
  • Catherine Pasmore
  • Lauren Tisbo
  • Quentin Judge
  • Paige Johnson
  • Nicole Bellissimo
  • Gabrielle Mershad
  • Nick Dello Joio

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Save the Date – “Who Reins Supreme?” Feb. 1

Ashley Holzer from the 2012 Sidelines Tetrathlon

World-class dressage, show jumping, hunter, and polo teams will show off their newfound skills in the reining ring at the EAF fundraiser, Who Reins Supreme? Held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the evening will raise funds for EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries, throughout their time of need.

The competition, which will solely focus on reining, will feature two world-class riders from each discipline: dressage, show jumping, hunters, and polo. Each will ride a custom-designed reining pattern created by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Sarah Willeman Richter.

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JustWorld Supporters Eager to Help in Every Way

Allan Donnan with JustWorld’s founder, Jessica Newman, at the 2012 Annual Fundraising Gala. Photo by Sportfot

Wellington, Florida – Allan Donnan of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, couldn’t say no when he found out that JustWorld International was looking for someone to sponsor the salary of a school teacher at its project site in Cambodia.

“I don’t think I could have walked away from the opportunity,” said the financial planner, who moonlights as a highly entertaining and engaging horse show announcer.  “I was looking through the projects available, and it just jumped off the page for me.  To be able to provide a teacher for that amount of money – it was a no-brainer.”

He continued, “Education is the first step to getting people out of the situation they are in.  It provides them with hope, and it provides them with opportunities.  What better place to start than that?  When these kids are educated, they have a much greater chance of creating better lives for themselves and for their families.”

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Step by Step Foundation Partners with Non-Profit Heroes N Horses to Help Raise Funds to Care for the Florida Charity’s Amazing Animals

Donations will go to buy feed, hay & bedding for the horses & ponies at the Marion & South Florida equestrian non-profit
(October 26 through December 6, 2012)

October 25, 2012 – Palm Beach County/Marion County, FL – Liliane Stransky, President and Founder of Step by Step Foundation, has partnered with Horses N Heroes to help raise funds for feed, bedding and other much needed supplies for the amazing ponies and horses at the Florida based children’s charity. Step by Step’s flexible funding campaign, which runs through December 6, 2012, will raise funds to help pay for the care of the animals in Citra in Marion County and also in Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida.

“I have a great team of riders who champion Step by Step’s efforts on behalf of others. They know first-hand the joy horses bring to others and they are working hard to help the horses and ponies that make the Heroes N Horses program possible.  If something drastic is not done, Horses N Horses will have to close,” stated Stransky, who owns the show stable Stransky’s Mission Farm in Wellington, FL.

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Canadian Dressage Frostbite Series Youth Fundraiser Clinics

Top Riders to Educate Ontario Youth and Raise Funds for Dressage

A new fundraising series will showcase this winter for Ontario Junior and Young Riders. The “Dressage Frostbite Series” was started because Ontario has talented riders that need support. This series will give Canadian youth the chance to learn from some of the best riders in the nation.

There will be a series of fundraising clinics for eight months beginning in October. At each clinic these talented young youth will have the opportunity to ride with a different Olympian, Short Listed “A” Rider or “O” judge. The goal will be to further their skills to prepare them for what is hoped to be a very successful 2013 show season.

The ultimate goal is to not only help these riders develop their skills, but to also bring the equine high performance community together to inspire the young riders who live in Ontario, Canada.

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JustWorld Ambassador Takes Fundraising Initiative to New Heights Madison McDougall Helps Thunderbird Show Park Raise $15,000

Fundraising efforts at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC, helped raise $15,000 for JustWorld International. Photo by Kim McDougall

Langley, British Columbia – JustWorld Rider Ambassador Madison McDougall has helped the Thunderbird Show Park, in Langley, BC, raise $15,000 in support of JustWorld International.  For the second year in a row, Thunderbird hosted a number of fundraising initiatives in conjunction with their summer tournament show series.  Wildly successful and highly entreating, all of the funds raised from the events will go to support the ‘Adopt a Project’ campaign, which identifies opportunities to support a number of highly successful nutrition, health and hygiene, education, and leadership and cultural development programs.

McDougall was inspired to take on a leadership role in Thunderbird’s fundraising efforts after seeing firsthand the work JustWorld is doing.

“I went to Guatemala with JustWorld in April,” explained McDougall, 18, who has been a JustWorld Rider Ambassador for the past two years.  “It was an absolutely life changing experience!  We went to the project site and the kids there amazed me.  They face so much uncertainty and sorrow in their lives, but they always seem to be smiling and happy, always saying ‘I love you.’  You come home and complain about the color of your hair, and suddenly realize that doesn’t really seem important anymore.”

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