Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (center) at the 2015 Challenge of the Americas in Wellington, FL. Photo (C) SusanJStickle.com.
Wellington, FL – March 23, 2015 – On Friday, March 20, 2015, the 12th Annual Challenge of the Americas Presented by Deloitte was held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This unique fundraiser brings together international riders, world-class music, spectacular Dressage choreography, and the excitement of polo all for the fight against breast cancer. It is an honor to not only attend this event and Gala afterwards but to be selected to ride during this event. 2014 World Equestrian Games’ Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete Annie Peavy of Avon, Connecticut was asked to ride in this event on March 20. Peavy and her Hanoverian gelding Lancelot Warrior, owned by Rebecca Reno, had the opportunity to be a part of the Dressage performance. Peavy is a Young Rider able-bodied Dressage and Para-Dressage athlete who rides with Heather Blitz. Peavy is aiming for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Annie Peavy noted, “Michele Hundt from ShowChic sponsors me and she asked me to be on her team for the Challenge. I was very grateful to be part of an amazing team while riding for a great cause. The whole event was enjoyable. Our performance was such a thrill with the crowd cheering. Lancelot was a saint and I could not have been happier with him.”
For more information about The Challenge of the Americas, please visit http://www.challengeoftheamericas.com.
About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year, BCRF is investing $58.6 million in research, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founders’ Fund focused on metastasis, to support more than 220 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 12 times since 2002. For more information, please visit: www.bcrfcure.org.
About Play for P.I.N.K.
Play for P.I.N.K.®, (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge) is a 501 (c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer through lifestyle and sporting events. Our commitment is to contribute 100% of all proceeds to our sole beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, in order to fund the world’s top researchers. In 2014, PFP donated $4.5 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $38.5 million. For more information, visit www.playforpink.org.
About United States Para-Equestrian Association:
The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.
The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.
Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.
In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).