Show jumper Laura Kraut at the 2014 Challenge of the America. Photo by Meg McGuire.
Wellington, FL – January 30, 2015 – The Challenge of the Americas (COTA), presented by Deloitte, is a spectacular event that deserves a spectacular venue, and the International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach fits the bill. The dazzling setting under the lights is the perfect host for the evening of top-notch equestrian entertainment to benefit an important cause.
COTA, held this year on March 20 at 5:30 p.m., brings together elite international dressage and show jumping riders for a competition that assists The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through their partner Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge). The event provides much-needed funding for lifesaving research.
“It’s a very worthwhile charity event that we are thrilled to support,” said John Wash, IPC’s President of Club Operations. “The leadership and those on the event committee are wonderful people with big hearts.”
Wash said that although IPC’s focus is polo, he enjoys the opportunity to support other equestrian disciplines and feels COTA is an important addition to the diverse slate of events offered at IPC.
“I think people love a change of pace,” he explained. “Our members who are also dressage riders and jumpers are excited to have an event of this caliber, featuring top equestrian competitors, at the club. COTA is very well supported by our membership.”
Mary Ross, Chairman of COTA, is looking forward to a great event at IPC this year.
“The International Polo Club is a beautiful venue for both the equestrian entertainment and the Challenge Gala that follows,” Ross said. “The IPC team is so helpful and accommodating at every step as we prepare for the event, and we very much appreciate their support.”
With teams of top-notch dressage riders already beginning to prepare, competition is sure to be fierce in COTA’s musical quadrille competition. Show jumpers will join the fray and ensure an exciting evening at IPC.
“I’ve always enjoyed the Challenge of the Americas,” Wash said. “Between the show jumping and the musical quadrilles, it is such a fantastic and entertaining event for a great cause. We’re very glad to continue our involvement as the host site.”
Challenge of the Americas Fast Facts
The 2015 Challenge of the Americas, presented by Deloitte, is a spectacular event in which teams of high-performance dressage riders compete in intricate quadrilles set to world-class music and choreography. For the 2015 edition, teams will also include elite show jumpers competing to rack up more points for their teams.
This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. The 2015 Challenge of the Americas will once again raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer by benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K.
Fri., March 20, 2015
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
6:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies
6:10 p.m. Challenge of the Americas Competition
7:30 p.m. Award Presentation
7:45 p.m. The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing
International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
VIP Tables of 10: price includes competition and gala dinner and dancing
Gold Patron $6,500 per table
Silver Patron $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron $2,500 per table
Individual Seating: $250 per person
Partners for Pink: $1,500 special sponsorship package that includes two VIP tickets along with advertising and media promotion
General Admission seating $20 per person at the gate
Children 12 and under admitted free (General Admission)
The Challenge of The Americas Beneficiary: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K
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.
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International