Wellington, FL – March 7, 2013 – It was just natural for the co-founder of the horse classified website MatchnRide.com, Mary Ross, to support The Challenge of the Americas, an event benefiting breast cancer research.
Not only did she help create the MatchnRide website to help prospective horse owners find their perfect match, but Ross is also the organizer of The Challenge. The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) Presented by SSG Gloves returns for its 11th anniversary on March 9 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center to continue its fight against breast cancer.
“It makes sense, since I founded The Challenge, that I would want to have my company support the cause,” Ross said. “My partner, Dr. Timmie Pollock, and I thought it was important to support something that affects so many of us.”
Ross created the event in honor of her mother, Jean Cruse, who died from the disease. The Challenge of the Americas features teams of international riders competing in dressage 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.
Ross works tirelessly to make the family-friendly event a success and gives it her all. That work ethic and philosophy carries over to MatchnRide.com, the best new website around for listing horses and ponies for sale or lease, advertising an equestrian professional’s business through the Trainers Corner, or listing any other equestrian-related business in the online Marketplace.
“The goal of the MatchnRide website is to find the perfect pairing of horse and rider,” Ross said. “When a buyer goes to MatchnRide.com, they learn more about a prospective horse and the horse’s owner and trainer. We’re different from the rest and it’s much more comforting to the buyer and to the seller.”
To learn more about MatchnRide.com and peruse the horses available for sale, visit www.matchnride.com.
The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts
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.
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
Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
Back on Track Products
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
Merrill Lynch, The Seley Parker Group
Red Barn Feed & Supply
United States Dressage Federation
Wellington Classic Dressage
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
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)
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.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International