Wellington, FL (March 27, 2012) – The fourth annual Equestrian Aid (EAF) Palm Beach Dressage Derby “Inspection Reception” Fundraiser exceeded expectations, showing just how generous the dressage community is to their fellow equestrians. The evening of bidding raised just over $35,000 for the EAF, and included some of the most spectacular and unique auction items to date. The Equestrian Aid Foundation’s purpose is to help equestrians who have fallen on hard times, and the auction took place Thursday, March 1st at the beautiful Equestrian Estates show grounds immediately following the FEI Jog for the famous Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI.
“The Palm Beach Dressage Derby kickoff party is a long standing tradition, with history going back over fifteen years,” said Mary Phelps, one of the key organizers and promoters of the event. “Four years ago the kickoff party was turned over to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, and we want to thank all who have contributed to its success over the years.” Items were on display in the elegant “Beer Garden,” a new addition to the historic show grounds. The Equestrian Aid Foundation has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen, and equine professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illness or injuries throughout their time of need and relies on the generous funding of the equestrian community.