Performer Line Up Finalized for Equestrian Idol on Friday, February 4, 2011 in Wellington

Jenna Wyatt (pictured) will perform with Taylor Blauweiss, Diana Bricker, Hillary Dobbs, Lou Galterio, Casey Hodges, Teaghan James, Jen White Kane, Brian Lookabill, Ki-Juan Minors, and Robert Orthwein at the 2011 Equestrian Idol Musical Cabaret on February 4 in Wellington. Photo courtesy of Jenna Wyatt.

WELLINGTON, FL – January 10, 2011 – Presented by Tiffany & Co. Palm Beach Gardens, the Equestrian Idol “All Stars” Musical Cabaret on Friday, February 4, 2011, promises the best in musical entertainment and cuisine for the equestrian and local residents in Wellington and Palm Beach County.

For this fifth year of the event, the past four Idol winners, Taylor Blauweiss, Ki-Juan Minors, Jen White Kane, and Brian Lookabill, will pair up with new performers in a musical cabaret, guaranteed to energize the audience even more than in the past years. Taylor Blauweiss, the first “Equestrian Idol,” will pair up with Hillary Dobbs; Ki-Juan Minors, winning in 2008, will pair up with Teaghan James and Robert Orthwein; 2009 winner Jen White Kane will pair up with Diana Bricker and Jenna Wyatt; and the reigning 2010 winner Brian Lookabill will pair up with Casey Hodges and Lou Galterio.

New this year, the performers represent the three disciplines competing at the highest levels of the equestrian sport in Wellington – dressage, polo and show jumping. The competition will be fierce for past performers, Dianna Bricker, Hillary Dobbs, and Casey Hodges, along with new performer, Teaghan James, representing the show jumping/hunter equestrian community. Jenna Wyatt is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist, currently competing at the Grand Prix level. She is also a singer/songwriter, host of “Dressage under the Stars,” and regularly sings the national Anthem at major sporting events, including the Winter Equestrian Festival and the International Polo Club while wintering in Wellington.

Robert Orthwein is a three-goal polo player who competes at the International Polo Club Palm Beach and is based out of the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee, FL. The Orthwein family has been playing polo for three generations and has been intimately involved in developing polo in south Florida. Robert will be sharing his unique talent of rapping – also known as emceeing -with the guests at the Equestrian Idol event.

Quickly becoming a well known vocalist throughout the state of Florida, and self-described “Equestrian Enthusiast”, Lou Galterio will bring his love for Romantic Crooning and the “Sinatra-style” into the fold to vie for the top honor of 2011 Equestrian Idol. Lou was recently invited to sing with a new a cappella group for the Miami Dolphins called, the “Dolphins Voices” – the first vocal group to sing for an NFL team.

Casual chic will be the attire for this fun-filled evening, which will be the first event to be held in the “new” Grand Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach and will showcase cutting edge culinary catering trends and the latest in food styling of the new International Polo Club Catering Company.

In addition to Title Sponsor Tiffany & Co. Palm Beach Gardens and Co-Chairs Catherine Herman and Patricia Keenan, the Honorary Committee guest list includes Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Abbatiello, Patricia Adikes-Hill, Bobbie Braun, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Carpenter, Flavia Callari, Mr. & Mrs. Lou Dobbs, Mr. & Mrs. William Dollard, Mr. & Mrs. Luis Escobar, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Fadden, Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Hall, Kris Kampsen & Alexandra Solimine, Emily Kannenstine, Marylou D’Addario Kennedy & Sean Kennedy, Mr. & Mrs. Regis Lippert, Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Phillips, Dr. Denise Quirk, Kathryn Quirk, Esq., Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.

In order to raise funds, The EQUUS Foundation is seeking individuals and businesses throughout the equestrian and Palm Beach communities to assist with their gracious generosity. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Tables of eight are available as follows: Gold: $5,000, Silver: $3,200 and Bronze: $2,400. Individual seats are $150 per person.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., telephone (203) 259-1550, email

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, Jane FitzGerald, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, David Distler, David Goodwin, Patricia Keenan, Frank Madden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, Susan Weber and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.5 million in grants has been awarded since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail:, website:

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