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Watch an Action-Packed Behind-the-Scenes So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Video on YouTube

The third annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas” takes place May 2-5 in Chesterfield, SC. Now’s your chance to see what this event is all about by reliving all the action thanks to a creative video produced by nFocus Pictures and visible on Southern 8ths’ YouTube channel.

This video showcases Long Format Eventing at the amateur level but with the aplomb of a professional level event.  If you are a horse lover, have a passion for Eventing or are simply curious to peek behind-the-scenes at the 2012 So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event then settle into your seats and fasten your seatbelts for  an amazing 4-minute ride by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUBHfKnVc_E.

You’ll get a chance to watch not just the competition but see who is teaching the educational clinics and how up close and personal the competitors are with the clinicians. These clinics are taught by some of the top horsemen in the Eventing community. Well-known riders and trainers Charlie Plumb, Will Faudree, Holly Hudspeth, Rebecca Howard and Susan Beebee are joined by “R” Dressage judge Sue Simpson and FEI course designer Tremaine Cooper educating the competitors on all aspects of the Long Format. FEI veterinarian Dr. Debbie Williamson and local vet Dr. Marsha Severt ensure the horses are fit to compete. Groom Natalie Varcoe Cox covers caring for the horses. Marc Donovan walks his show jumping course with the competitors.

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Piaget Loses CV Whitney Cup Opener

WELLINGTON, FL – February 22, 2013 — Piaget fell behind early in the first half and never recovered losing its CV Whitney Cup opener to Alegria, 14-6, Friday at Isla Carroll East.

Grand Champions Polo Club-based Piaget was playing with a new lineup for the first time in the nine-team, single-elimination 26-goal season opening tournament.

Despite playing with two of the world’s top 10-goalers, Sapo Caset and Miguel Astrada, Piaget was unable to find its chemistry or put together consistent scoring opportunities.

“They were a difficult team to play,” Astrada said. “We played so much on defense we couldn’t go on offense.”

Piaget took an early 3-1 lead in the first chukker, but Alegria’s stingy defense and offensive teamwork frustrated Piaget for the remainder of the game.

Alegria 2-goaler Julian Mannix scored the tying goal (3-3) at the end of the first chukker and scored another quick goal to open the second chukker for 4-3 lead. Alegria never relinquished the lead after that.

“It was our first game together so we are going to build off of this,” Piaget coach Joey Casey said. “I think we’ll be fine. We just didn’t have our rhythm; we will get back into it.”

Alegria was led by a balanced scoring attack. Nine-goaler Hilario Ulloa led with five goals, followed by Mannix with four, Facundo Obregon with three and 9-goaler Mariano Aguerre added two.

“I didn’t anticipate that out of Alegria, but they’ve got some great players, four great players,” Casey said. “We knew they were a good team but we didn’t expect that.”

Caset led Piaget scoring with three goals while Astrada was held scoreless for the first time this season. Piaget player-padrone Melissa Ganzi scored the opening and closing goals for her team.

“We were always on the defense to try and cover the back,” Astrada said. “We had to play a lot differently. It was a difficult team to play in the beginning of the tournament, moreso for the first game.”

Alegria outscored Piaget, 3-1 in the second chukker and 2-1 in the third chukker for an 8-5 halftime lead.

Piaget's Melissa Ganzi on her way to scoring one of her two goals
Piaget’s Melissa Ganzi on her way to scoring one of her two goals

“At the half we were doing okay,” Casey said. “We were doing really well on some of our throw-ins and some of our set plays. We were just outmanned on the field today, that’s all. We had a bad day. We’ll get better, it was our first game.”

Alegria extended its lead to 9-5 after four chukkers and 11-5 after five while Piaget kept trying to dig itself out of a hole.

“We tried to make adjustments at the half but it still didn’t work,” Astrada said. “They played a lot better than us. It looked like they had better teamwork.”

Aguerre, the 2012 Argentine Open MVP, said his team had only one day to practice together because of the heavy rainstorms. Still, Alegria was able to find the chemistry that eluded Piaget.

“We are a solid team with an extremely good defense,” Aguerre said. “We are strong everywhere on the field. We have a good defense and great offense. We are well-mounted. We have a little bit of everything.

Astrada battles Alegria's Julian Mannix for the ball
Astrada battles Alegria’s Julian Mannix for the ball

“We made this team to win,” Aguerre said. “Today we played well and hopefully we can keep it up. Piaget looked like the team to beat on paper but I like our chances.”

Piaget will return to the practice field to prepare for the prestigious USPA Piaget Gold Cup that begins March 5.

In other Friday CV Whitney games, Lechuza Caracas outlasted Orchard Hill, 10-9, in overtime and Coca-Cola knocked off Audi, 11-7.

The CV Whitney Cup is the first jewel of America’s Triple Crown of polo.

Valiente I is defending champion of the CV Whitney Cup after defeating Valiente II, 10-8, in the final that featured father vs. son player-padrones with father Bob Jornayvaz prevailing for the win. Polito Pieres of Valiente I was named Most Valuable Player. Valiente returns with only one team this season featuring 10-goalers Pelon Stirling and Adolfo Cambiaso.

The CV Whitney Cup was created in 1979 and first played at the Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas where it was the handicap counterpart to the U.S. Open Championship. It was moved to IPC in 2003 and has been held every year in Wellington.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney was an American businessman, film producer, writer, government official and owner of a leading stable of thoroughbred horses. He followed in his father’s footsteps as an avid polo player and won the U.S. Open three times.

The other two 26-goal tournaments are the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship.

CV WHITNEY CUP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 27: Semifinals, 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 3: Les Armour Cup CV Whitney Subsidiary, 10 a.m.; CV Whitney Cup Final, 3 p.m.

YLVISAKER CUP AUDI SCHEDULE

Sunday, February 24: Haas Cup Final, Port Mayaca vs. Faraway, 10 a.m.; Ylvisaker Cup Final, Audi vs. Coca-Cola, 3 p.m.

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 31 – Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup

Feb. 19 – March 3, CV Whitney Cup

March 5 – March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26 – April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League Tournament.

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Coca-Cola Defeats Audi, 11-7, in CV Whitney Cup Opener

WELLINGTON, FL – February 22, 2013 — Audi and Coca-Cola renewed their longtime polo rivalry Friday in the 26-goal season-opening CV Whitney Cup at Isla Carroll West.

In a hard-fought, physical game that featured Audi team captain Marc Ganzi forced to leave the game after the first half with a possible fractured thumb, Audi mounted a late comeback, but fell short losing to Coca-Cola, 11-7.

Audi, still in the midst of the 20-goal season preparing for Sunday’s final against Coca-Cola in the Ylvisaker Cup, switched gears with a different lineup and needed time to make the transition.

Grand Champions Polo Club-based Audi, with brothers Gonzalito and Nico Pieres, American Jeff Hall and Ganzi fell behind early, 3-0, in the opening chukker and came within one goal (4-3 in the second chukker) but were unable to overtake the lead for the remainder of the game.

There were some flashes of outstanding play on Audi’s part including big hits from the playmaking Pieres brothers, but unforced errors and missed scoring opportunities worked against Audi.

Ganzi, with some outstanding back hits and defensive plays, came up with a big defensive stop on Coca Cola’s Julio Arellano penalty-four scoring attempt at the end of the third chukker, but it may have been a costly one. Ganzi was hit with Arellano’s ball injuring his thumb.

After being treated in the players’ tent by Audi trainer Jeremy Fedoruk, Ganzi returned to finish the first half wearing a thumb brace but was in obvious pain and unable to hold a mallet.

Marc Ganzi of Audi steals the ball
Marc Ganzi of Audi steals the ball

Ganzi left immediately after the game to undergo x-rays and determine the extent of the injury. He may be sidelined between two and six weeks depending on the severity of the injury, Fedoruk said.

Fifteen-year-old Manuel Jimenez Villamil, a top juniors player who replaced Lechuza Caracas’ Victor Vargas in the Feb. 20th 20-goal game against Coca-Cola, was called on to replace Ganzi in the second half.

Villamil, wearing blue jeans and Audi No. 1 red jersey held his own against the more-experienced players in his first 26 goal game.

“I was sitting in the crowd over there watching the game when they called me to play for the second half,” Villamil said.

“I was very excited to play,” Villamil said. “I wanted to play well; I am sorry we couldn’t win at the end. This was a good opportunity for me. I don’t know if I am playing again on Sunday.”

Nico Pieres Audi led scoring with five goals. Gonzalito Pieres scored on a penalty shot and Jeff Hall scored from the field in the sixth chukker.

Coca-Cola’s Sebastian Merlos, still nursing broken ribs suffered in a polo game two weeks ago, scored three goals; Julio Arellano scored three goals, Sugar Erskine had three goals and team captain Gillian Johnston had two goals.

Audi will return to the practice field to prepare for the prestigious USPA Piaget Gold Cup that begins March 5.

In other Friday CV Whitney games, Lechuza Caracas outlasted Orchard Hill, 10-9, in overtime and Alegria defeated Piaget, 14-6.

Nico Pieres of Audi hits a neck shot to get the ball downfield
Nico Pieres of Audi hits a neck shot to get the ball downfield

The CV Whitney Cup is the first jewel of America’s Triple Crown of polo.

Valiente I is defending champion of the CV Whitney Cup after defeating Valiente II, 10-8, in the final that featured father vs. son player-padrones with father Bob Jornayvaz prevailing for the win. Polito Pieres of Valiente I was named Most Valuable Player. Valiente returns with only one team this season featuring 10-goalers Pelon Stirling and Adolfo Cambiaso.

The CV Whitney Cup was created in 1979 and first played at the Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas where it was the handicap counterpart to the U.S. Open Championship. It was moved to IPC in 2003 and has been held every year in Wellington.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney was an American businessman, film producer, writer, government official and owner of a leading stable of thoroughbred horses. He followed in his father’s footsteps as an avid polo player and won the U.S. Open three times.

The other two 26-goal tournaments are the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship.

CV WHITNEY CUP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 27: Semifinals, 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 3: Les Armour Cup CV Whitney Subsidiary, 10 a.m.; CV Whitney Cup Final, 3 p.m.

YLVISAKER CUP AUDI SCHEDULE

Sunday, February 24: Haas Cup Final, Port Mayaca vs. Faraway, 10 a.m.; Ylvisaker Cup Final, Audi vs. Coca-Cola, 3 p.m.

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 31 – Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup

Feb. 19 – March 3, CV Whitney Cup

March 5 – March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26 – April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League Tournament.

Sharon Robb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Matthias Hollberg and Orphan Car Prevail at The Ridge at Wellington $15,000 Grand Prix

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2013 – Matthias Hollberg and Orphan Car set a speedy pace early in the order and held on to the first spot during today’s class at The Ridge at Wellington’s $175,000 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix Series. Hollberg and Orphan Car completed the jump-off in 38.448 seconds, taking a sharp inside turn between the first two fences and leaving all the rails up to secure the win.

The $15,000 Grand Prix class, held under sunny skies at the beautiful Mida Farm in Wellington, drew a sizable field of top riders. Those who reached the jump-off had to choose whether to cut inside of a stand of palm trees after the first fence, with riders who successfully navigated the turn shaving valuable seconds off their time. As course designer David Ballard intended, the option shaped up to be the major question of the jump-off.

“If you make the inside turn and you go clean, you should be one of the winners,” Ballard said. “It really is a quality decision.”

Hollberg chose the riskier route and was rewarded with the fastest time of the day on Fernando Cardenas’ Orphan Car. He praised the horse’s effort in the class. “The horse is a real trier and tries to jump clear and go fast,” Hollberg explained. “Just staying with him is all you need to do.”

This was Hollberg’s first ride in The Ridge at Wellington’s Grand Prix Series, and he is already looking forward to making a return. “I only have one horse at this level right now, and he’s a sale horse,” he said. “Provided I get to keep him for a little while longer, I will keep coming, for sure.”

“It’s quiet, and you can take your time,” Hollberg added. “The course is fair without being too easy. I think it’s a good place for inexperienced riders or inexperienced grand prix horses to go out and jump at a beautiful venue. It’s a super addition to the season. I wish the whole horse show would be like this.”

Andres Rodriguez and Aberdeen 33
Andres Rodriguez and Aberdeen 33

Andres Rodriguez, winner of two previous classes in The Ridge at Wellington’s Grand Prix series, finished just a tick behind Hollberg in second aboard Aberdeen 33. Rodriguez noted that fence two of the first round, the Global Champions Tour wall, provided a challenge early in the course. “It was kind of the biggest question of the course, and I’m really happy my first two horses just came and didn’t hesitate and jumped really well this week,” Rodriguez said. “Aberdeen 33 is probably one of my favorite horses. He did his job, and he was just a little bit behind the winner.”

Rodriguez explained that he enjoys the series because it gives his young horses a change of pace and keeps them more alert. “Once you bring them to the 1.40m level, all the classes are in the same ring during season,” he said. “When they jump so much in the same ring, they get a little bit too comfortable, and it becomes a little bit like home. I don’t want my horses to think of that place as home. That’s where I want them to be as clever as they can be. I just want them to know that when they cross the bridge, it’s for a big competition.”

“So when the Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix series came out, I thought it was a good idea,” Rodriguez continued. “It is good just to change a little bit; a little bit of a different atmosphere. It all started really well. I was really happy at the Ridge, Nona’s place. And then we came here. Here, there is nothing more to ask. Here is just a perfect venue for a young horse.”

Jeffery Welles and Merlin
Jeffery Welles and Merlin

Jeffrey Welles rode Merlin to a third place finish in 39.085 seconds. Welles said his horse can be high strung, but went nicely for him in the class. “The field is beautiful, and the jumps are nice,” he said. “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere here. Everyone’s making a big effort to make it super nice. I’m very happy, very pleased that I came over.”

Agatha D’Ambra and Airbus closed out the top four with the only other double clear round of the day. “He was very good,” D’Ambra, who was making her debut in the series, said. “I think overall the relaxed feeling here just helps all around. It helps the horses, the riders, and the trainers. It’s nice to go at your own pace.”

“It’s a change of scenery and a change of pace from the main showgrounds,” she went on. “My parents can come over and have breakfast and watch me. I had heard great things about the facility, and it’s nice to get a chance to ride on a grass field. It’s really beautiful out here.”

The $175,000 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix series will return to Mida Farm next Friday, March 1, for the seventh week of competition. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of last week’s class. The 10-week series will culminate with the $24,750 Ridge at Wellington Invitational Grand Prix Finale on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

$15,000 The Ridge at Wellington 1.4m Invitational Grand Prix – Mida Farm

  1. Orphan Car – Matthias Hollberg – 0/0, 38.448
  2. Aberdeen 33 – Andres Rodriguez – 0/0, 38.698
  3. Merlin – Jeffery Welles – 0/0, 39.085
  4. Airbus – Agatha D’Ambra – 0/0, 45.458
  5. Tilghman – Sarah Segal – 0/4, 38.296
  6. Sil – Geoff Case – 0/4, 40.256
  7. Imothep – Nicole Simpson – 0/4, 41.618
  8. Oh La La – Lauren Hough – 0/4, 45.590
  9. HH Sandor – Anna McKnight – 0/8, 37.836
  10. Rolex – Joseph Sorce – 0/8, 45.551
  11. Caspar T – Cara Anthony – 0/12, 46.964
  12. Via Veneto – Paul Halpern – 0/elim.

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Join the Celebration at 30th Anniversary of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2013 – This year marks the Palm Beach Dressage Derby’s 30th year of bringing high-performance dressage to the area with the Feb. 28 – March 3 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W at the International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Park at Equestrian Estates.

“We are very excited to be celebrating the Derby’s 30-Year Anniversary this year at the IHS Champions Park,” said Noreen O’Sullivan, Show Manager and IHS Managing Partner. “This year’s show is sure to be a highlight of the Florida season.”

The inaugural Derby, held in 1983 at the Hanover Horse Farm in Loxahatchee, FL, was the first to bring top international judges to Florida, when the Florida show circuit didn’t exist and the sport of dressage hadn’t really caught on in North America.

The Derby was the brainchild of Gisela and Howald Pferdekaemper, who arrived in Florida from Germany in the 1970s with a band of Hanoverian horses. They created a European-type show and Hermés donated the trophies, ribbons and the $5,000 prize for the winner of the Grand Prix, adding glittering parties and shopping to the experience.

“The Derby was one of the first dressage shows to offer real prize money and an exciting atmosphere,” Mary Anne McPhail, executive director of the Derby, said.

“It was such a big deal,” remembers Janne Rumbough, an adult amateur rider originally from Denmark who has lived in Wellington since the 1970s. “It has always had a wonderful atmosphere.”

The initial format of the Derby featured the top four riders swapping horses in the tradition of the Hamburg Derby in Germany.

“This was very exciting and brought many spectators to dressage,” Judge Axel Steiner remembers. “If riding up centerline at the Derby is accomplishment enough, imagine changing horses and having to do it again with someone else’s mount!”

This year marks the final year as an FEI judge for the legendary Steiner, who has judged the Palm Beach Dressage Derby for many years. “It was my first exposure to judging with European judges,” Steiner said. “This year is very important for me.”

“I have many, many memories,” he said. “However, my fondest memories go back to the early days when we officials got to sit in the Pferdekaemper’s great room after a day of judging, and had a chance to truly ‘talk shop’ just among us. Many of us actually stayed at the house, so these discussions lasted late into the night. Howald was there to make sure we never ran out of libation and Gisela fed us unusual delicacies like fried rattle snake, but also with more traditional German food. Some of the judges were Jaap Pot, Heinz Schuette, Col Thackeray, Jack Fritz, Edgar Hotz, Natalie Lamping and many more. We had a great time, and all learned a lot from each other.”

Steiner will retire after a stellar career watching competitors ride up the centerline, halt and salute.  He received his first national judge’s license from the American Horse Show Association (AHSA), which is now the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), in 1968 and was promoted by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) to Official status (FEI-O, now FEI 5*) in 1988. He has judged Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Cup Finals and many international and national competitions throughout the world.

Another famous judge, Anne Gribbons, agreed that the Derby is a special event. “I have been involved with the Derby either as a competitor or a judge since its very first ‘run,’ and I have enjoyed every minute of it,” she said.

The judging is a high point among those involved from the earliest years. “My favorite thing about the Derby is the high quality of the judges and the prestige it has if you win at this show,” Rumbough added.

Evelyn O’Sullivan, the Derby’s past show manager, agreed. “The Derby is the oldest competition to bring international judges and riders here. It continues to be a great pleasure for everyone in the industry. It’s a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.”

“One of the founding ideas of the Derby was to provide a top international experience along the lines of what is found in Europe,” she said. “We are very grateful to all of the Olympic-caliber riders who have supported the show for all of these years. It’s these riders and their special horses that makes dressage so wonderful.”

“It was the premier show in Florida and even today is probably is still one of the most influential,” Steiner added. “What Devon is in the fall, the Derby is in the spring.”

For more information about the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, visit www.ihspb.com.

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Chester Weber Donates Two Days of Training to “Salute to Driving” USET Fundraiser

Ocala, FL (February 22, 2012) – Decorated combined driver Chester Weber will donate a package for Two Days of Training at the United States Equestrian Team’s “Salute to Driving” Fundraiser.  The benefit is designed to raise funds for the discipline of driving, and Weber invites the winner to bring their own horses to enjoy two days of training at his prestigious Ocala training facility, Live Oak Stud.

The Third Annual Salute to Driving fundraising event will take place March 1-3 in Windsor, South Carolina.  Each year, the event has raised money for the country’s High Performance Driving programs for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.  The weekend will feature a beautiful dinner and auction on Saturday evening, multiple driving clinics with some of the world’s top trainers, and a combined driving competition for Preliminary to Advanced level drivers on Sunday.  Also included in the weekend are dressage clinics with Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn, harnessing demonstrations, carriage exhibits, a Driving Blind Cones activity with golf carts, and a mini-quadrille.  The Salute to Driving fundraiser will be hosted by Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms in South Carolina.

“I am really looking forward to once again supporting the Salute to Driving weekend.  Last year I donated two days of training, and it was very well received.  I believe the USET is a very worthy cause and the money raised during this weekend will go toward sending the US driving athletes to international competitions,” Weber said.

Weber is known for his prowess in the discipline of combined driving, and has many wins and accolades to his name.  He and his team of KWPN geldings took Individual Silver and helped propel the US team to a Bronze medal at the 2012 World Driving Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany.  Known for his trademark record-breaking scores in the dressage phase, Weber was dubbed “Mr. Dressage” by the foreign media when he competed overseas during the summers of 2011 and 2012; he recently scored a 37.94 in the dressage at the 2013 CAI Little Everglades and set a new World Record with FEI Test 11.  Weber also has many international wins under his belt and has won the USEF National Four-in-Hand Combined Driving Championship a record 9 times.

Not content to simply win championships, Weber has built a reputation for giving back to his sport throughout the years.  By donating unique items and opportunities, Weber increases awareness and gives Combined Driving a good name.  Bonnie Jenkins, the executive director of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, said, “It’s really nice when our world class drivers give back and continue to help their discipline.”

For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com. For more information on the Salute to Driving weekend, contact Beverly Lesher at 717 554 1241 or nanabrl@aol.com.

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PBIEC Hosts Annual Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games on February 23

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions is pleased to announce that they will host the annual Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games on Saturday, February 23, in coordination with Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC). Competition will be held in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Ring 6 of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during week seven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The competition will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Sixty riders ranging in age from eight to 40 years old will compete for the chance to advance to the Special Olympic Area Equestrian Games, which will be held March 23, 2013, at the Van Kampen Arena on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival grounds at The Stadium. Riders hailing from Broward, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties will all by vying for positions to qualify for the State Games in Tampa this April.

The Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games tomorrow will showcase riders as they overcome their disabilities and concentrate on their riding capabilities. Following the completion of the class, riders will participate in a parade at midday in the International Arena of the PBIEC. Exhibitors and spectators are encouraged to come support the riders throughout the competition at Ring 6 as well as during the parade in the International Arena.

In addition to local riders, five special needs riders from the Chateaublond Equestrian Center in Haiti will also be competing on Saturday. These riders, including 2009 FEI “Against All Odds” Award recipient Darlene Milord, travel to the United States annually to compete in the class as a part of the Friends of the Orphans Organization.

Riders from Chateaublond Equestrian Center competing at PBIEC
Riders from Chateaublond Equestrian Center competing at PBIEC

The program at Chateaublond enables disadvantaged special needs orphans the extraordinary opportunity to travel to the United States to compete in the Special Olympics classes. For these riders, the experience is especially memorable since many of their trips have been years in the making while paperwork is completed for their passports.

A fundraising luncheon will be hosted to benefit the riders of Chateaublond and the Friends of the Orphans organization that supports it. The luncheon will be held Sunday, February 24, at noon in The Wellington Club at the PBIEC.

Thirty volunteers from VTRC as well as a special team of horses from the center will help make Saturday’s competition possible. VTRC has been training riders for the Special Olympics since 1982 and always represents the largest contingent of riders in the county competition.

Volunteers are needed to assist with leading horses and aiding riders from Vinceremos and Haiti during the Special Olympic competition, from 8:30 am to 1 pm. To register, please call Kim at 561-792-9900 or email her at Kim@vinceremos.org.

VTRC would like to express their gratitude to all of the volunteers, horses, and to the Wellington Community as whole, whose generosity makes their program for Special Olympics competitors possible.

In addition, VTRC and Chateaublond would like to thank The Dutta Corporation, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, and Florida Community Bank, the Bellissimos, Smiths, and Tisbos for their support of this event.

For ticketing information for Sunday’s luncheon, please call Event Chair Romy Tschudi-Roy at 954-643-8678 or email romyiec@hotmail.com.

For more information on the VTRC Special Olympics program, stop by Ring 6 on Saturday or visit www.vinceremos.org or contact Vinceremos at 561-792-9900.

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Historic Win for The Netherlands in First Leg of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup

Saudi Arabia and Qatar qualify for series Final

The first leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series lived up to expectations today when, in a real roller-coaster of a competition, The Netherlands won through and both Saudi Arabia and Qatar qualified for the series final. There were three teams from the Middle East Region vying for the two qualifying spots on offer, but it was the host nation from the UAE that missed the cut when finishing behind Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

It was a career-defining day for 19-year-old Dutchman, Frank Schuttert, who helped his side to success with one of four double-clear performances over a tough track set by Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios. And it was a heart-warming day for Dutch Chef d’Equipe, Rob Ehrens, as his mainly youthful team looked so full of promise as they secured their convincing victory. Schuttert was joined by 24-year-old Maikel van der Vleuten and 26-year-old Aniek Poels. Maikel’s 49-year-old father, Eric van der Vleuten, also ensured it was a Dutch family affair when adding the essential depth of experience as pathfinder.

Great Britain and Germany tussled for runner-up spot in the closing stages but had to share it in the final analysis, while France finished fourth ahead of Saudi Arabia in fifth, Qatar in sixth and the UAE in seventh place. With 35 first-round faults, Egypt didn’t make it into the second round, while Ukrainian chances, already badly hampered by the withdrawal of third-line rider Oleksandr Onischenko, were completely dashed when Ferenc Szentirmai was eliminated to leave them also on the sidelines after the first round.

12-Fence Challenge

Palacios presented them with a 12-fence challenge that began with a triple bar followed by a wall and then the Longines oxer – marking the Swiss watchmaker’s role as Official Timekeeper of the Furusiyya series – before turning to the double at fence four. From there the track increased in difficulty with every fence, the skinny vertical at five leading to the open water at six and the related vertical at fence seven. A pole over the open water seemed to take some horses by surprise, but it was the triple combination that followed another big oxer at fence eight that proved the most troublesome obstacle on the course. The gold-coloured poles fell frequently here when the distance didn’t come up comfortably, and the bright green oxer at fence 10 also proved influential as did the penultimate Furusiyya planks and the final oxer.

Halfway Stage

Germany held the lead at the halfway stage carrying just the single time penalty collected by pathfinders Jorg Naeve and Calado and discounting Holger Wulschner’s single error with Cavity G after clears from both Katrin Eckermann (Carlson) and Patrick Stuhlmeyer (Lacan 2). The Dutch were lying second with just four faults, while France was in third place carrying eight, and Great Britain and Saudi Arabia were next in line with nine faults apiece. Qatar had already collected 21 faults and the UAE 26 and these seven teams went through to the second round in which Germany’s lead was immediately undermined by an 11-fault result from Naeve.

A clear from Van der Vleuten Senior meanwhile bolstered Dutch chances, but the French fell away when having to add eight more to their tally as single errors from both Matthieu Billot (Pardoes) and Edouard Couperie (Nectar des Roches) had to be included after Frederic David (Equador van’t Roosakker) returned with 15 faults, including four for a stop at the last element of the triple combination. French anchorman, Michel Hecart, distinguished himself however with a double-clear from Quatrin de la Roque.

The Saudi Arabian team couldn’t improve their position when the four faults collected by both Kamal Bahamdan (Delphi) and Ramzy Al Duhami (Bayard van de Villa Theresia) had to be taken into account after HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud (Davos) lowered both the vertical at fence five and the Furusiyya planks. London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games individual silver medallist, Abdullah Al Sharbatly, produced the single Saudi clear this time out with Larkhill Cruiser, but the country that claimed Olympic team bronze last summer had to settle for a minor placing today with a final total of 17 faults.

Back with a Vengeance

As the second round evolved the British fought back with a vengeance despite a second elimination for second-line rider Yasmin Pinchen, whose 10-year-old mare, Van de Vivaldi, had already lowered fence five and the second element of the triple combination before throwing in the towel at the brightly coloured oxer at 10. The mare had resolutely refused to take this fence on in the previous round also, and could not be persuaded to like it any better at her second attempt.

It was the brilliant double-clear from first-line rider Robert Smith (Voila) and a second-round clear from Joe Clee and Diablesse de Muze along with just a single time penalty for Tina Fletcher and Hello Sailor that hauled the British back into contention. Fletcher’s time-fault would prove costly however, as without it her side would have headed the Germans who were forced to add nine more faults when Katrin Eckermann’s grey, Carlson, hit both the glaring green oxer at 10 and the final fence while also picking up a time fault. Team-mate, Patrick Stuhlmeyer, produced a second copybook clear while Wulschner also left all the poles in place, but their 10-fault tally would leave them on level-pegging with their British rivals.

The Netherlands’ Aniek Poels hit the penultimate planks, but when Schuttert completed the second of his clear rounds and Maikel van der Vleuten left all the timber intact this time out, their zero second-round score, and total of four, proved plenty good enough for victory.

Thrilled with Result

Schuttert was thrilled with such an amazing result on his senior team debut. “Everything has been great for us here; we are an almost young team and we have mostly young horses so it’s perfect!” he said with a laugh afterwards. “And this is such a fantastic place here in Al Ain; everyone has been wonderful to us!”

Talking about his horse, Winchester, whose high head-carriage and feisty spirit suggests the stallion is not the easiest of rides, the tall young rider explained, “I’ve had him for two years now and he is a quality horse – he just really wants to fight for me and he’s not at all as difficult as he looks!”

Schuttert said he and his Dutch counterparts were feeling confident after a good preparation yesterday. “The horses all jumped really well so we knew they were in good form. That helps a lot when you come to a show and you know your horses are feeling strong; it gives you confidence,” he said.

And when asked if he hopes that today’s performance will lead to more appearances for the Dutch team over the coming months, he replied, “I’m still only 19, so I’m still a Young Rider and my target now is to compete at the Young Rider European Championships this summer – that’s my goal.”

Meanwhile the excitement of the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping season moves to Wellington in Florida, USA next week for the second leg of the series which takes in 22 qualifying legs leading to the Final in September 2013.

Result:

1.    Netherlands 4 faults: Wan Architect (Eric Van der Vleuten) 4/0; Baggio (Aniek Poels) 0/4; Winchester HS (Frank Schuttert) 0/0; Kisby (Maikel van der Vleuten) 4/0.
2.    Great Britain 10 faults: Voila (Robert Smith) 0/0; Van de Vivaldi (Yasmin Pinchen) Elim/Elim; Diablesse de Muze (Joe Clee) 4/0; Hello Sailor (Tina Fletcher) 0/1.
2.    Germany 10 faults: Calado 2 (Joerg Naeve) 1/11; Carlson (Katrin Eckermann) 0/9; Lacan (Patrick Stuhlmeyer) 0/0; Cavity G (Holger Wulschner) 4/0.
4.    France 16 faults: Pardoes (Matthieu Billot) 4/4; Nectar des Roches (Edouard Couperie) 4/4; Equador van’t Roosakker (Frederic David) 4/15; Quatrin de la Roque (Michel Hecart) 0/0.
5.    Saudi Arabia 17 faults: Delphi (Kamal Bahamdan) 0/4, Davos (HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud) 8/8; Bayard van de Villa Theresia (Ramzy Al Duhami) 5/4; Larkhill Cruiser (Abdullah Al Sharbatly) 4/0.
6.    Qatar 38 faults: Eurocommerce California (Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani) 9/8; LB Casanova (Mubarak Al Rumaihi) 5/9; Rosalia la Silla (Bassem Hassan Mohammed) 8/0; Ravenna (Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi) 8/DNS.
7.    UAE, Retired in Second Round: Peanuts de Beaufour (Sheikha Latifa Bint Al Maktoum) 12/4; Valentino Balia (Sheikh Shakboot Bin AlNahyan) 4/18; Pacha du Fort (Ahmed Al Junaibi) 10/DNS; Tolita (Mohammed Ahmed Al Owais) Elim/DNS.
8.    Egypt 35 faults in first round: Der Senaat (Abdel Kader Said) Elim; Hollerith (Mohammed Mansour) 19; Goldex (Mohammed Talaat) 12; Waldo (Karim El Zoghby) 4.
9.    Ukraine, Eliminated in first round: Temple Road (Cassio Rivetti) 0; SIEC Ledgepoint (Oleg Krasyuk) 0; Coolboy RM (Oleksandr Onischenko) DNS; Coranso (Ferenc Szentirmai) Elim.

Facts and Figures:

The FEI Nations Cup Jumping series celebrates 104 years of team competition this year.
The 2013 season comprises 22 qualifiers in as many countries.
Watchmakers, Longines, are the official timekeepers for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series.
41 nations will seek a place at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final 2013 which will take place in September.
Furusiyya is the brand name for the commercial arm of the Saudi Equestrian Fund which finalised a 16 million Euro four-year sponsorship package with the FEI in November 2012.
9 nations competed in today’s opening leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series.
Three teams from the Middle East region, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt, were competing for the two available qualifying places for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final. Saudi Arabia and Qatar each earned a qualifying spot.
4 double-clear performances in today’s competition, from The Netherlands’ Frank Schuttert and Winchester, Great Britain’s Robert Smith and Voila, Germany’s Patrick Stuhlmeyer and Lacan 2 and from Michel Hecart and Quatrin de la Roque for France.
The six top teams, along with the host nation UAE side, qualified for today’s second round.
The next leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series will take place in Wellington, Florida, USA on Friday 1 March. For details on the US event contact Press Officer Jennifer Wood, Email jennifer@jenniferwoodmedia.com

For further information on the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series check out this link.

“Furusiyya” (Arabic: فروسيه) – this single Arabic word conveys so much, embracing the idea of horsemanship, chivalry, and equestrian knowledge in general. The term is a derivation of faris, or horseman and faras, a horse.

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier (SUI) since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations.
Longines’ passion for equestrian sports began in 1878, when a timepiece was made with a horse and jockey engraved on the watch face. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with equestrian sports. In 1926, for the first time, the brand was involved as timekeeper for the Official International Equestrian Competition of Geneva. Today, Longines’ involvement in equestrianism includes Jumping, Endurance and flat racing.

Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horlogical products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.

By Louise Parkes

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Audi Plays Coca-Cola Sunday at IPC for Ylvisaker Cup

WELLINGTON, FL – February 20, 2013 – Audi and Coca-Cola will meet Sunday in the championship final of the Ylvisaker Cup at 3 p.m. at International Polo Club.

It is the second consecutive 20-goal tournament final for Audi. Last month Audi lost to Crab Orchard in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup final.

It is also the second consecutive year the Grand Champions Polo Club-based pro team will compete in the Ylvisaker Cup final.

Audi advanced into the final with a thrilling 17-13 rout of Lucchese in Wednesday’s semifinals. The victory avenged its lone loss (10-9) of the tournament to Lucchese on Feb. 1.

Coca-Cola, led by Julio Arellano’s 13 goals, qualified with a 16-11 victory over Lechuza Caracas in the other semifinal game.

Audi and Coca-Cola, both 4-1, survived three weeks of preliminary games of the annual tournament that featured fourteen teams.

Audi’s Nic Roldan scored a game-high 11 goals including seven on penalty shots. Roldan now has 38 goals including 24 penalty shots in five games.

Sunday’s game will pit Cardinal Newman High School graduates Roldan and Arellano against each other. It will also be Audi 19-year-old Mariano Gracida’s first 20-goal tournament championship appearance at IPC.

Audi player-patrone Marc Ganzi will get the opportunity to keep the Ylvisaker Cup under the same Grand Champions Polo Club roof. Last year previously undefeated Audi lost in the final to Melissa Ganzi’s underdog Piaget team, 13-12.

Audi, the 2009 U.S. Open, has used second-half heroics to frustrate opponents for most of the 20-goal season and Wednesday was no different. Audi outscored Lucchese, 10-5, in the second half.

“Being a second-half team seems to be the rule for us, not the exception,” Audi’s Marc Ganzi said. “It’s not a bad thing, you don’t want to be a fast starter and a weak closer.

“I think today we felt like at halftime there weren’t any adjustments to make,” Ganzi said. “We felt like we were playing extremely well from the field. We had some bad luck and we didn’t score some goals. The penalty shots kept them in the game and when we stopped fouling, we started scoring goals.”

Audi made a small adjustment for the second half moving Gracida more forward to drag Lucchese’s Kris Kampsen and Andres Weisz with him opening the field up more for Roldan and Pieres.

“All of a sudden Nico starts shooting from 80 and 90 yards out and the goals started falling and they kept falling,” Ganzi said. “I think they really ran out of answers for us.”

Audi broke open a close first half (with Lucchese leading 8-7), in the fourth and fifth chukkers, outscoring Lucchese, 6-2, and continued its domination in the sixth chukker.

“In the first half we started playing really bad,” said Audi 8-goaler Nico Pieres. “I don’t know if it’s the horses or what but we always play much better in the second half.

“I think we are a young team and we start trying to do too much, trying to do everything in the first half,” Pieres said. “Then in the second half we calm down and we play much better. I think it’s a bit of luck and more experience in the second half.”

Pieres’ second-half hot hand scored four big goals including a 90-yarder from the field. Ganzi and Gracida each added one goal.

“It’s good to be in the final,” Pieres said. “To be in the second final is very good. We were in the first one and we lost. Now we have another chance. That’s good for us. This game meant more because it was the semifinal.”

Tincho Merlos scored nine goals for Lucchese, including seven on penalty shots and was four-for-four from the penalty four line.

Audi would eventually like to be able to put six good chukkers together especially in the big games.

“Can we put six of the same chukkers together is always the challenge in polo,” Ganzi said. “But I’ll take two chukkers like today’s fourth and fifth every game. We just have to think about the little details like Mariano taking the man for Nico on that one run and me taking Kris for Roldan to score.

“Those details are so important,” Ganzi said. “The ability to be selfless and to take a man and open up space for Nic and Nico, it just changes the entire game. When those guys can run with really no pressure on them and can take the ball into goal, they are going to score. They will score. Mariano and I understand the details that it takes for us to win and that’s the important part. That’s how you win.”

Ironically, Audi will play Coca-Cola on Friday in their 26-goal season CV Whitney Cup opener at 2 p.m. For Audi it will be Ganzi, Nico Pieres, 10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres and 7-goaler Jeff Hall.

Audi player-padrone Marc Ganzi on his way to scoring a goal
Audi player-padrone Marc Ganzi on his way to scoring a goal

“This 20-goal has been amazing this season; it’s not 26 but it’s more 22 or 24 for sure,” Nico Pieres said.

Piaget will open CV Whitney Cup play on Friday at 10 a.m. against Alegria. For Piaget, it will be Melissa Ganzi, 10-goalers Sapo Caset and Miguel Astrada and Juan Bollini.

The Ylvisaker Cup is named after visionary business leader and lifelong polo enthusiast Bill Ylvisaker.

Ylvisaker, a former captain of the Yale polo team, founded the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. He founded the Polo Training Foundation to teach and develop young polo players. He was a 7-goal rated player and won three U.S. Opens, two Coronation Cups against England and Australia, Gold Cup and four national 20-goal championships. He was chairman of the U.S. Polo Association (1970-75) and inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1994. Ylvisaker died February 6, 2010 at age 85.

2013 SCHEDULE

AUDI YLVISAKER CUP GAME

Feb. 24, Sunday: Ylvisaker Cup final, Audi vs. Coca-Cola, 3 p.m.

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 31 – Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup

Feb. 20 – March 3, Iglehart Cup

Feb. 20 – March 3, CV Whitney Cup

March 5 – March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26 – April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League Tournament.

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Rick and Trevor Steed Performing Dueling Reined Cow Horse Exhibition at COTA

Wellington, FL – February 20, 2013 – Reined cow horse champions Rick Steed and his brother Trevor will perform a dueling reined cow horse exhibition at The Challenge of the Americas, Saturday, March 9 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center where the two will try to outdo each other with spins, stops and slides.

The Challenge of the Americas Presented by SSG Gloves 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 competing in team quadrilles to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

Rick Steed has been involved in the horse industry as a trainer, mentor, showman and clinician for more than 20 years and is pleased to help The Challenge. “I believe in supporting charities and giving back to the community as No. 1,” he said. “No. 2 is in our quest to become horsemen; we exhibit the special relationship between horse and rider.”

His career diversity ranges from winning World and National championships to working with the BLM teaching adopters and wild mustangs to donating his time to 4-H clubs. Since 2006, he has won nine World and Reserve Championships in reined cow horse, a World Championship in reining freestyle and a Reserve World Championship in reining freestyle.

Trevor Steed won his first Reserve World Championship in Reined Cow Horse in 2012.

Rick Steed and Smarty
Rick Steed and Smarty

Rick Steed pioneered a program he calls “Simplifying Horsemanship” in which he teaches that there are three guideable body parts on a horse: the nose, the shoulders and the hips. “There’s nothing you can’t do on a horse, even at a high level, if you can guide those body parts,” he said.

Steed believes that in true horsemanship, the horse always comes first. He added that anyone interested in learning about Simplifying Horsemanship is welcome to come to his ranch to check it out. “The first lesson is always free,” he said.

He has also built a blueprint for reined cow horse events he calls Show By Appointment (SBA) Reined Cow Horse Company, with the goal of making horse shows fun, fair and affordable for all competitors. SBA offers exhibitors the opportunity to make an appointment to show their horses on the day of the scheduled show at a time they choose, given availability. Steed emphasized fairness in judging and a relaxed atmosphere are part of the events.

For more information about Rick Steed and Simplifying Horsemanship, log onto www.steedtraining.net.

To learn more about Show By Appointment, go to showbyappointment.com.

To learn more about The Challenge of The Americas, go to challengeoftheamericas.com.

To buy tickets, contact Mary Ross at (561) 433-0988 or Anglot@aol.com.

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas.

The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts

What:

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.

When:

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

Where:

Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/#.UP1pfqHjmFc

Sponsors:
Back on Track Products
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
MatchnRide.com
Merrill Lynch, The Seley Parker Group
Purina Mills
Red Barn Feed & Supply
Samshield
SSG Gloves
Steed Training
Tackeria
United States Dressage Federation
Wellington Classic Dressage

Ticket Information:

Mary Ross
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 433-0988
(561) 251-7945
Anglot@aol.com

Ticket prices:

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)

News and Information:
Phelps Media Group
Sue Weakley
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Wellington, FL 33414
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Website:
www.challengeoftheamericas.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas

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.

Website: playforpink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/playforpink

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Website: www.bcrfcure.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation

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