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American Invitational Raises over $15,000 for Official Charity Partner, JustWorld International

JustWorld International hostesses presented the awards for the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

Miami, FL – April 11, 2014 – The gates to Sun Life Stadium opened to usher in nearly 6,000 spectators last Saturday for the 42nd Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm. The event raised more than $15,000 for JustWorld, with all proceeds benefiting their mission of raising funds within the global equestrian community to help provide education, nutrition, healthcare and vocational training programs to children in impoverished communities around the world.

“We have had a relationship with JustWorld International for a long time,” Matt Morrissey of Stadium Jumping said. “They are our official charity partner at all of our events, and we are thrilled to be able to help them pursue their mission of helping impoverished children around the world. Gene Mische, who was such a crucial part of the American Invitational, helped Jessica [Newman] when the organization was still young. It has been a wonderful relationship, and they always go above and beyond to help make our events a success.”

As each spectator entered the stadium, the JustWorld team was on hand at the Information Booth, where they sold programs and answered all questions about the American Invitational. JustWorld earned a percentage of the proceeds from the program sales, and for every ticket purchased with the promo code JUSTWORLD they raised an additional $10. The JustWorld volunteers stood out in their co-branded apparel designed and sponsored by PoloGear. The co-branded shirts are beautifully designed with sublimated graphics and the purple and blue colors for which JustWorld is known. The shirts are currently available here.

Just before the jump-off, JustWorld volunteers walked onto the field with Miami Dolphins legends Bob Griese and Nat Moore. Onlookers sat on the edge of their seats as the stadium-wide benefit drawing was announced. Pablo Barrios was the first name pulled, winning the Miami Dolphins Sidelines Club Package. The package featured four Ford Sidelines Club Passes and Lower Level Seats. Two lucky winners won a meet and greet with legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback, Bob Griese, also taking home his autographed throwback jersey and a signed NFL football.

“JustWorld International was a major help in making the 42nd American Invitational a true success,” Morrissey concluded. “They not only ran the information booth and sold programs, but they helped in the VIP tent, and their JustWorld hostesses assisted with the awards presentation. Their enthusiasm and dedication to our events always makes it an easy decision to have them as our official charity partner. They bring something special to every event.”

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6.5 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.

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Focus on Unforgettable Horses and Devoted Grooms in FEI Focus Online Magazine

Lausanne (SUI), 9 April 2014 – The new edition of FEI Focus, the official magazine of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, is now available online and from Apple Newsstand.

The magazine includes features on the best horse of all time, as selected by the FEI Committee discipline chairs, the indispensable grooms, an interview with Norman, mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, an article on French Vaulting star Jacques Ferrari, and lots more.

FEI Focus talks to the grooms, the unsung heroes of our sport, who will be in Lyon next week helping to make sure that their equine charges are ready for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

“Trust is a big deal in everything,” said Clark Shipley, groom for Beezie Madden, the highest ranked female athlete in the Longines Rankings, who will be going all out to defend her title in Lyon. “We know we can rely on each other.”

“My favourite moment at a show is when the horse and the rider look really good going to the arena. I feel very happy, and very proud,” says Miriam Borner, groom to defending Reem Acra champion, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg.

The latest edition of FEI Focus celebrates the Chinese Year of the Horse with a stunning photo gallery of driftwood horse sculptures, created by artist James Doran-Webb.

Real horses are also in the spotlight. The “What’s on your mind” feature reveals the FEI Committee chairs’ favourite horses, including Charisma, as picked by Eventing’s Giuseppe della Chiesa, and Authentic, the choice of Jumping’s John Madden. Bob Thomson, “the father” of Reining in Canada, has fond memories of the wonderful Boomernic, who sadly died recently: “This horse elevated the level of degree of difficulty while combining beauty and finesse that brought Reiners to a new level of training and expectation,” he said.

Norman, the charismatic jet-setting mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, is the focus for the “Life in a Day” feature. The Games will be the largest sporting event in France this year, on the back of the double Finals in Lyon, with eight world championships held at spectacular venues like the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

Seen from the outside”, a new feature in FEI Focus, looks at how non-equestrian athletes view the equestrian world. “Jumping is a very beautiful sport and I realise that there is a lot of work and discipline behind it,” says Switzerland’s Sergei Aschwanden, bronze medal judoka at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The “grand finale” is FEI President HRH Princess Haya’s interview about how FEI Solidarity can change people’s lives and that equestrian sports have the power to change the world for the better.

About FEI Focus

FEI Focus is the official magazine of the Fédération Equestre Internationale. Launched in 2009, it is produced three times a year.

Through stunning photography, exclusive features, interviews and news articles, it portrays and promotes the many facets of the FEI’s seven disciplines and numerous topics surrounding the equine industry. The magazine shares news from the FEI’s 132 Member Federations, turns the spotlight on equestrian athletes and major events, and explores the life and work of grooms, volunteers, event officials, veterinarians and all the other people who make the sport possible.

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FEI’s Chief of Business Development and Strategy Talks Sporting Equality at SportAccord

Lisa F. Lazarus, FEI’s Chief of Business Development & Strategy (c) Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI.

Lausanne (SUI), 8 April 2014 – Just one week after IOC President Thomas Bach announced a 23% increase in female representation on IOC commissions, Lisa Lazarus, FEI’s Chief of Business Development and Strategy will be addressing the SportAccord Convention held in Belek (TUR) this week on the topic of women in sport.

Lazarus features on the first panel in tomorrow’s (9 April) session, “A Women’s World, the journey towards sporting equality”, alongside Amanda Bennett, Head Coach England Women U20 team, Rugby Football Union, Marzena Bogdanowicz, Managing Director b-focused ltd., Donna de Varona, President DAMAR Inc., and Neşe Gündoğan, Secretary General of the Turkish National Olympic Committee.

Moderated by Charmaine Crooks (CAN), five-time Olympian and recipient of the 2006 IOC Women in Sport Trophy, the panel will debate sporting equality on the field of play, in the media, in sponsorship spend, and on the boards of national and international sports governing bodies.

Gender equality in horse sport

“Equestrian is one of the few sports that can boast gender equality on the field of play, with male and female athletes competing against each other and sharing the same podium,” Lisa Lazarus said.

“One great example of our top female athletes is American Jumping rider Beezie Madden, who will be heading to the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Lyon, France next week to defend her title.

“Last year Beezie Madden became the fifth woman to claim the FEI World Cup trophy in the world’s oldest individual Jumping series, and is currently the highest ranked female athlete in the Longines Rankings, the world rankings for Jumping riders, having consistently held a top-five place for almost a year.”

Women in leadership

“The FEI is also one of the International Federations that has a history of strong female Presidents,” Lazarus added. “HRH Princess Haya, the third consecutive female FEI President, was appointed in 2006 following the FEI’s first contested election. The former Olympian is a UN Messenger of Peace and IOC member and is currently on three IOC commissions – Women and Sport, Entourage, and Marketing.

“HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, FEI President from 1986 to 1994 and now honorary FEI Vice President, was announced last week as President of the IOC Nominations Commission. HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón (ESP) succeeded The Princess Royal as FEI President, and remained in the role for eight years until 2006 when HRH Princess Haya was elected. In 1996, Doña Pilar was the first FEI President to become an IOC member.

“The FEI is very proud to have been the International Federation to field the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia at Olympic level when Dalma Rushdi Malhas won individual bronze at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in the Jumping.

“And it is a matter of great pride for us that the first female IOC member, in 1981, was Flor Isava Fonseca, member of the Venezuelan Jumping team at the 1956 Olympic Games and founder and first president of the Venezuelan Equestrian Federation.”

The general theme of this year’s SportAccord Convention conference programme is Sport’s New Frontier. Topics such as creating better sporting equality; integrity, and what today’s youth really think about sport, will be debated during the two conference days.

About Lisa Lazarus, FEI’s Chief of Business Development & Strategy

Panel – A Women’s World: The journey towards sporting equality
Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:00      Main Auditorium

Lisa F. Lazarus is Chief of Business Development & Strategy for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) overseeing all of the commercial activities of the FEI, including media, sponsorship, and licensing & merchandising. She also advises the CEO on strategic matters relating to the growth of equestrian sport globally.

Lazarus was the FEI’s General Counsel from May 2009 – August 2013. In that role, she was responsible for all of the legal activities of the FEI, including commercial negotiations, equine and human anti-doping programmes, regulatory matters, and all cases before the FEI Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ms Lazarus was also responsible for all legal matters on behalf of the FEI in the lead up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Prior to joining the FEI, Lazarus worked for the National Football League for 10 years based in New York and then London, most recently as Senior Director of Partner Development for NFL International.

About SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is a six-day annual gathering of over 2500 leading representatives from international sport. It encompasses the Congress and General Assemblies of three associations whose members consist of 108 International Sports Federations (IFs) and Associate Members.

SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who organises the IOC Executive Board spring meeting at each Convention. In addition to its Executive Board Meeting, the IOC also holds its annual joint meetings with SportAccord, ASOIF and AIOWF.

The 2014 SportAccord Convention runs from 6-11 April in Belek/Antalya (TUR).

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Human Dancers to Assist Dancing Horses

Local Studio Assists in U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Benefit Event

Wellington, FL – March 6, 2014 – The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of West Palm Beach is lending some of its professional ballroom dancers to assist in a benefit event to support the United States Equestrian Dressage Team on March 15, 2014. The special event, entitled “Prancing with the Stars” after the famous television program “Dancing with the Stars,” will include a dancing competition to get the auction started for the evening.

Studio owner Doreen Scheinpflug has arranged for professional dancers Mar Martinez, Tanya Payne, Clifton Sepulveda and Michael Chaves to each be paired up with two professional riders for two performances. The professional dancers will be paired with professional riders Chris Hickey, Cesar Parra, Todd Flettrich, Katherine Bateson Chandler, Shelly Francis, Adrienne Lyle, Tina Konyot and Michael Barisone.

Each team will demonstrate one of the following dances for their routine: waltz, tango, foxtrot, salsa, rumba, swing, cha cha or hustle. Each team will perform a 90-second dance routine which will be critiqued by three guest judges. The judges are Ellin Dixon Miller, Jane Savoie and Bent Jensen, all accomplished riders themselves.

After each routine is assessed by the judges, the bidding will begin. The professional riders will be auctioned off to the highest bidder for a day of their services. Bids will also be taken for the opportunity to sit with the judges during a freestyle.

After the Stars are auctioned off, bidding at the party will begin on several very exciting packages. Five items are available for pre-bidding by registering at http://uset.auctionanything.com. On-line pre-bidding began Wednesday, March 5 and closes at 12:00 noon on March 15.

One hundred percent of the money collected from the benefit (ticket sales and auction proceeds) will directly fund the 2014 World Equestrian Games Dressage athletes and High Performance Programs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Checks should be made out directly to the USET Foundation. Sponsorships are available at the following levels: Platinum: $15,000; Gold: $10,000; Silver: $5,000; Table of 8: $2,000; Individual tickets: $250.

For ticket reservations, contact Annie Cizadlo at 218-349-3452 or email kodester1@yahoo.com. Send checks made out to: USET Foundation to Annie at 1170 Mourning Dove Lane, Wellington, FL 33414. Tickets may also be purchased via credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex accepted).

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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Karin Reid Offield’s Story of Saving JUMPERS Leads Us to “Harry & Snowman”

With the attention of the global horse-world focused in Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington’s own Karin Reid Offield (Offield Farms) has taken the lead to fund a film depicting an amazing real-life story, of the most famous horse ever “rescued.”

Literally pulled off the slaughter truck for $80 by renowned Equestrian Harry DeLeyer, Snowman went on to become a three-time National Champion earning his place into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

Karin’s “Saving JUMPERS” is an untold story behind the story. It includes rescuing over 7 miles of lost film footage – ultimately providing some of the historic images in the new film, “Harry & Snowman.”

We believe that you will be:
* motivated to read, fan, promote and share this story;
* intrigued to hear about the 35 years that went into making this film;
* touched to feel the heartwarming tale of one man’s love for his horse, and may ultimately be
* inspired to experience what it’s like to rescue an animal for themselves; and
* FIRED UP to share the story with their “followers” and “friends.”

Sincerely,
Offield Farms and Karin Reid Offield

Saving JUMPERS synopsis

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Harry & Snowman
Harry & Snowman

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Von Bredow-Werndl Wins Reem Acra Qualifier at Gothenburg

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB stormed to victory in style at the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League in Gothenburg. Photo: FEI/Roland Thunholm.

Gothenburg (SWE), 1 March 2014 – Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl stole the show at Gothenburg in Sweden today when producing a superb victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League 2013/2014 qualifier with Unee BB.

“I didn’t expect it!” said the 28-year-old whose winter season has been nothing short of spectacular.  “This is my very first World Cup season, I had never done a World Cup competition before, but we have been steadily improving and I am so proud of Unee!” she pointed out after pinning Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Toy Story into second and Denmark’s Nanna Skodberg Merrald and Millibar into third.

Penultimate qualifying leg

A total of 13 horse-and-rider combinations lined out at this penultimate qualifying round for competitors in the Western European League region, and for many it has come to “make or break” time.

In a line-out of riders from seven nations, the host country fielded six horse-and-rider combinations and it was Sweden’s Sofie Lexner and the veteran 18-year-old Charming Boy who set the early standard when posting a score of 74.500.  This left her out in front until The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud scored 77.400 with his relatively new ride, the 12-year-old bay stallion, Johnson, but that was immediately overtaken by Swedish star Patrik Kittel whose steady and precise performance with Toy Story featured fluid transitions, solid piaffe and rhythmic tempi changes for a mark of 79.025.

This was now the score to beat, and Skodberg Merrald came close when awarded 77.950 with Millibar who has emerged as a real contender this season.  But, last to go, it was von Bredow-Werndl who pinned Kittel into runner-up spot with a beautifully executed and demanding floor plan that demonstrated flair, control, athleticism and accuracy, and more than a little daring.  The German rider’s performance gave her a well-deserved mark of 81.350, with strong artistic marks awarded by the Ground Jury.

Swedish Ground Jury member Gustav Svalling commented afterwards, “Jessica’s horse is absolutely fantastic and is capable of doing so much, and it is such a good looking horse as well!”

Confident

Today’s winner also topped yesterday’s Grand Prix, and when asked how confident she was going into today’s Freestyle, she replied, “Yes of course I thought I might have a chance to win, but everybody wants to win and in the end it comes down to the battle on the day.  I just gave it my very best; Unee did great; he listened to me and wanted to do a good job,” she explained.

The atmosphere in Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Arena is always electric, and Kittel described it today as “amazing!” He continued, “I thought yesterday was good but today was even more special. That’s the Scandinavium for you – a full house and a full crowd. They are so positive towards the riders and that’s what is so unique about it.  Of course it is amazing when they all come in and they are clapping and cheering – what kind of rider doesn’t want that? If you have a sensitive horse it can get tricky, but I try to do my best every time regardless. The crowd is there to support, but they aren’t the ones driving me. I don’t think the crowd makes my performance better or worse but it definitely contributes to making me feel good,” he pointed out.

Skodborg Merrald felt she raised her game following yesterday’s class in which she also finished third.  “I think I had a much better test today. My first piaffe was a little behind me but the last three were much better – I am really satisfied,” she said, adding that will not compete at the next and final qualifying round in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) because she feels she has already done enough to qualify for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at Lyon, France in April.

Holiday planned

Today’s winner won’t be going either, as she has a long holiday planned for her handsome 13-year-old stallion after a long and busy winter campaign. Reflecting on the last six months, she said, “This season just fell into place.  We started by finishing eighth in Odense (DEN), then we were seventh in Stuttgart (GER), sixth in Stockholm (SWE) and sixth in Amsterdam (NED) and at Neumunster (GER) we moved right up to third.  Now today we have our first win!” she explained.

Unee BB’s natural poise and elegance really shone through today.  Talking about her horse, von Bredow-Werndl said this evening, “I have been riding him for two years now and he only did his first Grand Prix after I got him.  Then he did more Grand Prix last year and we decided he was ready.  We are becoming more and more like real partners and that’s what makes it so good to ride him now.  He has more power so that’s make it easier for him to find his self-carriage.  We work together as a team.”

Coming from a family background steeped in the sporting tradition she clearly understands the benefit and necessity of training and dedication to make it to the top. “I train every day with my brother, Benjamin, and when I am at shows our coach, Jonny Hilberath, is with me.  He came here to Gothenburg – we have been working together for the last three years,” she explained.

Challenge

When asked if her rapid improvement might present a challenge to defending champion , and fellow German, Helen Langehanenberg, von Bredow-Werndl laughed and said, “No, there is not really much chance of that! But Helen is a great friend of mine and she has texted me already to congratulate me on my win!”

As the qualifying leagues draw to a close the pressure is reaching boiling point. The top end of Western European League leaderboard reads like a “who’s who” of the sport right now with von Bredow-Werndl moving into third place behind fellow-German Isabell Werth in second and Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven at the head of affairs.  Denmark’s Anna Kaskprzak lies fourth ahead of The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud in fifth and Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald in joint-fifth place.

It is down to the wire for those attempting to make the cut to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup 2014 Final, and they have one last chance at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in three weeks’ time.

For further information on the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League series at Gothenburg, Sweden, visit website www.gothenburghorseshow.com or contact Press Officers Matilda Hjertstrand: matilda.hjertstrand@ridsport.se Tel + 46 709 79 56 31 / Mayvor Thorin: mayvor.thorin@gotevent.se Tel +46 705 82 84 20.

Detailed result here.

Facts and Figures:

The Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden was the venue for today’s seventh qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League.

13 riders from 7 nations competed.

The host country of Sweden was represented by 6 horse-and-rider combinations.

The Ground Jury was: At H, A. Fransen Iacobeaus SWE; At E, Dr E Eisenhardt GER, At C – G Svalling SWE; at M, T Lang AUT; at B, S Baarup (DEN).

Winning rider, Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, has now moved into third place on the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League leader board which is headed by Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven followed by Germany’s Isabell Werth in second place.

Gothenburg presents one of the most popular fixture on the international calendar, dating back to its first horse show in 1977.

Since then 2.5m spectators have attended the event which has staged 13 FEI World Cup Jumping Finals and 7 FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

One further qualifying opportunity remands for riders in the 2013/2014 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League – at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on Saturday 22 March.

The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2014 Final will take place in Lyon, France from 17-21 April.

Quotes:

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER, talking about what her winning ride, Unee BB, will do  before the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in April: “We will just try to play a bit and have fun together before we start working again a few weeks before the Final.”

Patrik Kittel SWE: “On behalf of all the riders I want to thank Reem Acra for her support towards the FEI World Cup Dressage Series as without her, none of this would be possible. I also want to thank the Organisers for their tremendous organisation and for putting on such a great show.”

Tomas Torgersen, Event Director: “We have always felt that being part of a series is a very big advantage. You get a good starting field and good performances which is something really important, something that the crowd really loves. To be in a position to present top sport and being part of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Series is very important for the Gothenburg Horse Show.  I am very happy with the performances of the riders today; we had some very big performances. I think the judges did very well as well.”

FEI YouTube: http://youtu.be/fG5v2HOZ4AE

FEI World Cup Dressage, the only worldwide series in this discipline, has entered its 28th season. The series, created in 1985, comprises four leagues: Western European, Central European, North American (including Canada) and Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Asia). Each FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier consists of a Grand Prix test, which in turn is a qualification for the Freestyle to Music competition, where league points are accumulated towards places in the Final. Judged on both technical and artistic merit, the FEI World Cup Dressage combines art, sport and partnership between horse and rider at the highest level and consistently proves a winning formula with audiences all over the world.

The complete rules, calendar, updated ranking and results are available here.

By Louise Parkes

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Lyle Lovett Joins Danny & Ron’s Rescue Lip Sync, Raising Unprecedented Funds for Rescue Round Up

Tim McQuay, Ron Danta, Kim Tudor, Lyle Lovett, Colleen McQuay, Danny Robertshaw, Brian Lookabill and Kate Considine. Photo by Phelps Media Group.

Wellington, FL – February 18, 2014 – It wasn’t your typical dog and pony show at the Sixth Annual Danny & Ron’s Rescue Lip Sync on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lyle Lovett joined in the Rescue Round Up to help raise donations for Danny & Ron’s Rescue, a non-profit dog rescue based in Wellington and Camden, SC. The venue was vibrant with checkered patterns reminiscent of a western dance, while performers were decked out in Stetsons, bolo ties, cowboy boots and an array of country costumes as people from the equestrian community and beyond came together to support their favorite dog rescue.

Over 425 guests made their way into the Special Events Pavilion at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Sunday evening, greeted by several adoptable canine companions looking for their forever home, all of which were adopted. Dressed in country garb, guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner catered by the White Horse Tavern, and enjoyed cocktails and puppy kisses as the anticipation built for the long-awaited lip sync performances.

Moorcroft Stables came out at the top of the ‘Battle of the Barns’ with their lip sync dedicated to the American troops and their canine companions. Their routine was heartfelt and full of emotion as photos of soldiers and dogs flashed across the screens. Their “voices” were heard as they took the first place prize bringing the audience to their feet with a standing ovation.

Danny Robertshaw commented to Charlie Moorcroft, “Not only did your team make a difference for the dogs, but they made a difference to humanity! They opened eyes and hearts. They taught us that while you’re focused on one main cause, you can still remember there are many others out there. They taught the spirit of teamwork, about being grateful while remaining humble, and showed us how to have fun while working hard and giving at the same time. We are blessed!”

Kim Kolloff, ‘Sheriff’ of this year’s Rescue Round Up, started the Lip Sync six years ago to foster a sense of philanthropy and altruism in the children, providing a kid-friendly event that is truly one-of-a-kind.

“Through the six years this event has really grown, and the children have really learned about giving back. Their hearts have opened up so much to the dogs, and they understand what it means to save money to rescue homeless, abused, starving and neglected dogs,” Kolloff said. “Each child has become so close to the rescue that their passion is seen in every action they take. They work to make everyone aware the meaning of giving back to the dogs.”

Each one of the performances was over the top, and showed deep appreciation for everything that Danny & Ron’s Rescue does, so much so that Lovett recommended that each child be named a winner.

“Gosh, the children all tried so hard. They put their hearts into every performance. You could tell that it was important to them. As I watched them, I thought that it was more about the spirit in which they performed, rather than the performances themselves. I actually did think that they all did a great job. It was unnecessary to pick one over the other.”

Lovett continued, “One thing about art and music is that it isn’t a competitive sport; you can simply just like things you like, and not rate one over another. I think in the case of these children, who worked so hard and invested themselves in these performances, I couldn’t choose one over another. I loved seeing their faces. I got snapshots of each performance on my phone, and I can’t wait to download them and share them with everyone.”

During the mid-point of the performances, the lip sync came to an intermission as the explanation of the fundraising was brought to the audience’s attention. With each dog averaging a cost of $500, guests pledged money to help with the veterinary expenses associated with each pooch. In previous years, the event was able to raise enough donations for a mobile adoption unit, as well as improvements to their rescue facility.

The judges for the event included: Dr. Betsee Parker, Ryan Beckett, Colleen McQuay and Lyle Lovett. Dr. Betsee Parker personally donated $52,000 to Danny & Ron’s Rescue, on behalf of her horse, Ovation, who won his second consecutive Hunter Spectacular the night prior with Tori Colvins in the irons. It was Lovett’s first visit to Wellington, and his first time as a celebrity judge for the event. It was through Danny and Ron’s connections with Colleen and Tim McQuay that Lovett learned of their rescue, and donated his time.

“I learned about Danny & Ron’s Rescue through Tim and Colleen, who I ride reiners with,” Lovett explained. “As I learned about what they [Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta] do – their dedication and their spirit is infectious. The more I learned about them, the more eager I became to meet them. Coming here this weekend was an incredible experience, and although I have played concerts in the areas over the years, I had never made the trip to Wellington. To see how well supported Danny & Ron’s Rescue is by the community and the folks here who support horses. When you see good hearted people come together to accomplish something good, that really makes you want to go into the world and try to be better.”

Ron Danta concluded, “Danny and I were so moved Sunday night by all of the love and support of all of the performers, and all of the people that came to support the Lip Sync. I think it was so evident by looking at the emotions on all of the children’s faces during their performances, and even in the photos, just how much this all meant to them; their support brought tears to our eyes.”

Through the efforts of the kids, parents and supporters, Danny and Ron’s Rescue was able to make history at the Sixth Annual Lip Sync. The event was a huge success with nine dogs adopted and crucial funds raised for the organization. The event would not have been possible without the sponsorship support of Goshen Hill, H’nD Farm, and Dever Golf Carts. For more information on Danny and Ron’s Rescue, please visit www.dannyandronsrescue.org.

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Equestrians Raise Money for Other Equestrians in Need at EAF Who Reins Supreme

Photos: Jack Mancini.

Fun-Filled Evening Raised Funds to Support Equestrian Community Members in Need

WELLINGTON, FL. January 31, 2014 – The equestrian community and South Florida locals came together on Friday, January 31, 2014 for the fourth annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Who Reins Supreme?, supported by MeadowView Farm. The Old West themed event centered around a reining competition with hunter, jumper and dressage riders. Other highlights of the evening included a cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards ceremony, and live and silent auctions, all to raise money for equestrians and equine-related professionals suffering from injury and chronic illness.

World-class riders Susie Dutta, Nick Dello Joio, Louise Serio and Nicole Shahinian Simpson showed off their newfound reining skills as they took the ring for the main event of the evening, a uniquely formatted reining competition. Accomplished reiner and trainer Mark Rafacz and one of the all-time leaders in the sport of reining, Tim McQuay, captained each team and joined their fellow riders in the competition. After fierce competition, Nick Dello Joio, Nicole Shahinian Simpson and Tim McQuay were the winning team.

The 2014 EAF Luminary Award was presented to three Equestrian Aid Foundation founders, past presidents Robert Dover and Mason Phelps, Jr. and the current president, R. Scot Evans.

“We founded this organization in 1996 to financially support those battling HIV/AIDS. As the EAF matured and grew stronger, we evolved into an organization providing financial help to those in the equestrian community suffering from any life-threatening illness or injury,” said Dover. “I am honored to have been a part of this organization for so long and humbled by this award.”

2“I am so grateful to be honored with these two outstanding gentlemen who have done so much for the equestrian world,” said Phelps. “It is immensely rewarding to see a community where members support each other, and together our efforts have truly made a difference.”

Guests donned their best Western wear for the event, which kicked off with a cocktail hour featuring mixed drinks from Tito’s Homemade Vodka. A delicious dinner was provided by Aaron’s Catering for guests to enjoy while bidding on packages such as a week’s stay at a Tuscan villa and a cooking lesson with Top Chef Masters winner and world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. The top item was an ultimate New York experience donated by the Goutal family, which went for $5,200 and included dinner for four at Le Colonial and Saturday Night Live tickets.

“Outsiders often view the world of equestrian sports as a life of privilege. That is not always the case, however, and many people in our midst are in need of assistance,” said Evans. “Who Reins Supreme provides an opportunity for the community to come together for an enjoyable evening while also raising money for a worthy cause.”

3About 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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USET Foundation World Equestrian Games Gala in Aiken to Benefit the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

Aiken, SC – January 30, 2014 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to invite members of the equestrian community to the Aiken Eventing Gala on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6pm. The event will be held at Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC, and will benefit the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team’s quest for Gold at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Guests will gather together in cocktail attire to enjoy drinks, a buffet, dancing, and a silent auction while supporting the U.S. Eventing High Performance programs with proceeds going to the USET Foundation.

To R.S.V.P., please contact Sara Ike at the USET Foundation by emailing sara.ike@uset.org or calling (908) 234-1251.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Gold Medal Sponsor         $5,000        6 tickets
Silver Medal Sponsor        $2,500        6 tickets
Bronze Medal Sponsor      $1,500        4 tickets
Supporter                           $500        2 tickets
Individual tickets                $125

Checks should be made out to the USET Foundation, Inc. and mailed to Sara Ike c/o USET Foundation PO Box 355 Gladstone, NJ 07934.

Make sure to reserve early for this exciting event! The Aiken Eventing Gala is organized by the Aiken Gala Committee with Co-Chairmen Bruce Duchossois & Jack Wetzel, as well as Heidi Beaumont, Amy Ruth Borun, Gloria Callen, Pierre Colin, Nanki Doubleday, Phillip & Evie Dutton, Nancy & David Hathaway, Kirk Henckels, Kelly Hughes, Annie Jones, Densey Juvonen, Fernanda Kellogg, Denise Lahey, Anne & Mike Laver, Sandy O’Donnell, Barry & Cyndy Olliff, Bonnie Stedt, Tom Tierney and Gretchen Wintersteen.

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 “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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