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Equestrian Aid Foundation Hosts Benefit to Raise Funds for Horsemen in Need

February 26, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger, EAF Board Member Georgina Bloomberg and Sirota Public Relations CEO Ali Sirota. (Photo Credit: Julie Unger)

EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger, EAF Board Member Georgina Bloomberg and Sirota Public Relations CEO Ali Sirota. (Photo Credit: Julie Unger)


Wellington, Florida. February 22, 2015 – 
The equestrian community and Palm Beach residents gathered together on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s “A Night of Legends.” An evening of cocktails, dinner and unique entertainment, the event was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and raised money to support horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injury.

White Horse Catering provided a delicious buffet with Mediterranean cuisine, assorted cheeses and dips, crab cakes and more available for VIP members, and local food trucks showcased their best offerings for purchase.

Coti Collins and Ted Brightwell brought smiles and joy to guests when they took the stage as Judy Garland, Reba McEntire, and Barbara Streisand for the surprise musical performance. They opened with a magnificent spotlight on the songs of Judy Garland by Collins that included a duet with Brightwell as Barbara Streisand. Then Brightwell dazzled during a Funny Girl blend of “I’m the Greatest Star” and “My Man.”

During intermission, EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger bestowed the 2015 Luminary Award upon Mark Bellissimo for all his positive efforts to enhance and enlighten the equestrian community, becoming the sixth person honored since 2012.

A live auction allowed patrons to bid on an exclusive list of packages, which included an African safari, a trip to a movie premiere, an all-inclusive yacht excursion for six, and more. One lucky Diamond Drop raffle ticket purchaser went home with a diamond donated by Jose Aman at Diamante Atelier.

Following the break, Collins and Brightwell returned to the stage for the second set, delighting the audience with some modern Barbara Streisand melodies and culminating with a Reba McEntire mix by Collins that brought down the house.

“For this year’s annual benefit during the Winter Equestrian Festival, we decided to focus on fun and allow our guests to relax in a rewarding, concert atmosphere,” said EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “The organization is incredibly grateful to Mark for the remarkable opportunities that he creates within the horse world, making it efficient and welcoming. Shining a light on his success and how he helps with the Equestrian Aid Foundation was our way of thanking him.”

Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer hosted the event along with co-chairs Robert Ross, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Monique Huntington Ketiz and Missy Luczak Smith.

Guests headed to The Grill after the conclusion of the event for a private after party with a percentage of profits benefiting the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: The mission of the Equestrian Aid Foundation is to provide grand-based assistance to horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injuries. The EAF is dedicated to helping people of all ages and from all backgrounds and disciplines, offering funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses. The goal is to empower recipients and provide necessary tools to overcome adversity. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

Missy Ransehousen Loses Everything in Fire

February 25, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Missy Ransehousen (Photo Credit: Lindsay Y. McCall)

Article and photographs by: Lindsay Y. McCall

Ocala, Florida – February 25, 2015 – Eventer, trainer, and past U.S. Chef d’Equipe of the Paralympic Equestrian Team lost her camper and car in a fire on February 23, in Ocala, Florida. Ransehousen lost her living quarters and her Subaru Outback in the blaze in addition to her riding and show clothes and equestrian memorabilia. The cause of the fire has not been confirmed at this time, and Missy is currently working with the fire marshal and her insurance company to determine how much of the loss will be covered.

Missy Ransehousen is in immediate need of clothing, breeches, boots and shoes. She wears size 6 in clothing, size 28 in breeches and size 8 in shoes. All clothing can be mailed directly to her in Florida at 653 W. Highway 316, Citra, FL 32113.

Any questions can be directed to Lisa Thomas, who is spearheading the recovery efforts, at lisa@midatlanticeqservices.com.

Missy Ransehousen lost her camper and car in a fire on February 23, in Ocala, Florida. (Photo Courtesy of Blue Hill Farm)

Missy Ransehousen lost her camper and car in a fire on February 23, in Ocala, Florida. (Photo Courtesy of Blue Hill Farm)

Missy Ransehousen jogs Lord Ludger at the 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo Credit:

Missy Ransehousen jogs Lord Ludger at the 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo Credit: Lindsay Y. McCall)

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation 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 Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide 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).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric Win $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix in Nail Biting Jump Off

February 16, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Winners of the $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, Laura Kraut and Cedric, with owner Margaret Duprey. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Winners of the $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, Laura Kraut and Cedric, with owner Margaret Duprey. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Ocala, FL – February 16, 2015 – On Sunday, Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric proved why they are veterans at the top of the sport. The Olympic duo raced to the top of Sunday’s $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, besting Kevin Babington and Andre Thieme to lead the victory gallop, and prove why they are two of the best in the world.

Kraut tackled the short track with an unparalleled dexterity, piloting the speedy Cedric through the course and to the win by leaving out a stride in the first line. They were able to just nick Babington’s time, crossing through the timers in 36.04 seconds, just 4/10ths of a second faster to take the lead, and ultimately the win.

“Seven strides from 1 to 2 was so forward – I felt like I was flat out,” admitted Kraut after her victory. “I cringed when he left the ground because I thought for sure he was going to hook it behind. I only beat him [Babington] by a few tenths of a second, and that’s a blink.”

Laura Kraut and Cedric (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Laura Kraut and Cedric (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Kraut continued, “Cedric is a veteran. My partner Nick [Skelton] said, ‘That horse sure knows how to get out of jail.’ He’s always a trier. Unfortunately, I have had a whole career of this kind of thing with him. He’s either on top of the world or I’m laying in the middle of the ring, so I’m used to it. When you go through the gate, your mind is just on getting the job done.”

Cedric certainly got the job done and wrapped up the final day of the Nations Cup Week at HITS Ocala in perfect fashion. This is Cedric’s third grand prix win in three months, and Kraut is going to continue aiming him at the events he knows he can win.

Laura Kraut and Cedric celebrate their winning ride during the HITS Ocala Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Laura Kraut and Cedric celebrate their winning ride during the HITS Ocala Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Kraut also successfully showed Constable, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, to the seventh place finish during the $34,000 HITS Jumper Classic on Saturday morning. The young gelding has continued to develop into a consistent partner for Kraut as she moves him up through the pipeline to international competitions.

Owner Margaret Duprey was ringside for the entire Nations Cup week, rooting on Constable and Cedric. “It was very exciting to see Constable in his first FEI show, moving up to the 1.50m classes and doing so well. He got a ribbon in both classes.”

Duprey concluded, “Even though the Nations Cup day was not Cedric’s best, he certainly knows how to make a comeback in style. I was very excited about both of my horses doing so well. I also want to give a big thanks to Laura for her commitment as a trainer and rider.”

For more information on Cherry Knoll Farm, please visit www.cherryknollfarm.com.