Team Orian Conquered the Bull in the Second Preliminary “Buck Off” and Teams Gear Up for This Week’s Competition at New Equestrian Village

Megan Martin was a member of Team Orian, the winners of the Second Preliminary "Buck Off" held at the White Horse Tavern January 26, 2012. Photo Courtesy of Kerri Salter

Loxahatchee, FL – January 31, 2012 – The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) held its second preliminary “Buck Off” last Thursday at the White Horse Tavern’s Patio. The fundraiser benefits the VTRC, an organization that witnesses countless miracles on a daily basis and truly lives up to its meaning, “to overcome.”

The “Buck Off” consists of three preliminary rounds in which teams of four compete on a mechanical bull to earn the highest score. The winning team will move on to the final event held on February 10, 2012. The buzz about the event has been nothing but positive. “The conversations about the ‘Buck Off’ have been simply amazing,” said Bobbi Rottman, with Equine Solutions. “The energy here is about double what it was last year, and that’s impressive considering that the winners from last year said it was the talk of the town all year.”

As Rottman’s “brain-child,” its success means the world to her. She had wanted to help the VTRC reach out to the younger generations and hold an event where everyone could come together and have a great time. The first time the event was held was at the annual dinner and auction three years ago. The response was so immense that the committee had to turn people away. Soon after, it was decided to make the “Buck Off” its own fundraising event for the VTRC leading up to the annual benefit. They have received overwhelming support from sponsors throughout the years, and this year Floridian Community Bank, Palm Beach Equine Clinic and White Horse Tavern Catering are to thank.

Several tried to challenge the mechanical beast, but it was Team Orian that emerged the victors. The team members were Megan Martin, Ava Sterns, Caitlyn Caranek and Hayley Iannotti. Their high scores for time and style aboard the bull earned the Orian team a grand total of 369 points and a chance to compete for the bragging rights at the “Buck Off” Finals.

The VTRC is also pleased to announce that a new prize is being offered this year to the 2012 Champion “Buck Off” team-eight tickets to the Cirque Cavalia Presents Odysseo. Each team member from the champion team will receive 2 tickets to the spectacular show to be held at the Bicentennial Park in Miami from February 29 – March 25. The winning team will see a showcase of over 70 horses in total ranging in eleven different breeds of horse. The show will highlight acrobatic performances, trick riding and other thrilling acts.

“It’s a wonderful show that originates from Montreal,” explained Guillaume Paquette, a representative of Cavalia. “It’s a lot of fun and very entertaining for the whole family. We are very happy to donate the tickets to the winners of the ‘Buck Off’.”

With only one round left, the Panda Pals and the Orian Team are just warming up in preparation for the final challenge on February 10, 2012. The third and final preliminary round will happen this Thursday, February 2, at the new Equestrian Village in the Sunken Arena starting at 6:30 p.m. This is the final opportunity for individuals and teams to come out and show off their bull riding skills.

Tables will go quickly for the 2011 Benefit Auction Dinner & Dance. To purchase tickets please call 561-792-9900 or visit

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization based in Loxahatchee, FL, that provides recreational and therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. Founded in 1982, the organization assists hundreds of children and adults every year, helping them ride towards their fullest potential.

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Vinceremos Dinner Dance Fast Facts:

Who: Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) is a nonprofit organization based in Loxahatchee, FL, that provides recreational and therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded in 1982, assists more than 350 adults and children every year, helping them gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. The VTRC has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).

What: VTRC is hosting “Our Superheroes” Themed Dinner and Dance Complete with Mechanical Bull Riding Competition Finals and Live Auction

When: Friday, February 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Where: The International Polo Club

The last chance to purchase tickets is this Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Tables and tickets are selling quickly. For more information please call 561.792.9900 or reserve seats/tables online at

For more information on the Vinceremos Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center and the Annual Dinner Dance/Auction Benefit for Vinceremos please visit

Media Contact: Mason Phelps
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
phone 561.753.3389  fax 561.753.3386

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