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Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Night of Enchantment – Keith Greco’s Althea Raised Unprecedented Funds for Horsemen and Women in Need

February 16, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, Fla. February 15, 2017 — Palm Beach County and their equestrian communities gathered together on Sunday, February 12, for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s annual event; a night that they will never forget. Althea was held at The Global Dressage Festival Stadium of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

“For this year’s benefit, we decided to take a unique approach. We provided a magical and magnificent experience presented by both humans and horses,” said Equestrian Aid President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “This organization is incredibly grateful to Keith Greco for this compelling performance. The success of tonight will provide Equestrian Aid with the opportunity to help many horsemen and horsewomen in need.”

Produced by Keith Greco, Althea was a tribute to the one of a kind relationship between horses and humans. The equestrian ballet told the story of Argos, a horseman who is crippled and despairing, who finds himself in a land where a magical stallion, Althea, has the power to heal. The evening raised money to support Equestrian Aid programs that provide financial assistance to those in the equestrian community suffering from chronic illness and injury.

Former Cavalia headliners Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci-Asch, Kansas Carradine, other equestrian artists and their breathtaking horses kicked off the evening with their spectacular performance, which was created exclusively for the night. The evening included VIP cocktails and dinner, as well as a live and silent auction, with unique items such as a vintage Mercedes, a month of training with Rio Olympic Dressage team member, Steffen Peters, and a sunset yacht cruise.

“I was excited to produce this event for a wonderful organization such as Equestrian Aid Foundation,” said Keith Greco. “There are so many men and women in need of assistance from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Without Equestrian Aid they would be lost. I look forward to seeing how the success of this evening will help those in need.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised over $2.6 million in its nearly twenty year history to assist individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with serious injury or illness. For more information about the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit: http://equestrianaidfoundation.org/ or follow us on Facebook. You can make a difference in the lives of horse people in need.

Rutgers Equine Science Center Hosts “Horses 2017: The Best of the Best,” a Conference for Equine Enthusiasts of All Levels

February 14, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – In honor of Rutgers University Equine Science Center’s 15-year anniversary, the Center has brought back “Horses”, an educational program last hosted in 2009 that aims to bring the most recent updates in the equine industry to the general public.  In conjunction with title sponsor, Merial Animal Health, the Center will host “Horses 2017: The Best of the Best”, on March 18 and 19 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center in Piscataway, N.J.

Over the course of two days, attendees will have eight session slots in which they can choose from 26 different workshop options. The March 18 morning keynote addresses will be delivered by Wendy Williams, world-renowned scientific journalist and author of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion, whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.  On Sunday March 19, Dr. Jeff Thomason from the University of Guelph, Canada, will present his latest research on assessing footing surfaces from the horse’s perspective.

Featured speakers have been selected by the Center to speak on a variety of topics throughout the weekend, including basic veterinary care, equine behavior, equine dentistry, footing, shoeing, equine osteoarthritis, diet fads, and manure & pasture management. For a full list of workshops, visit the conference website at http://esc.rutgers.edu/horses-2017.

For the first time, the Center will offer Saturday workshops for students at the 4-H, Pony Club, FAA and college levels, covering topics like “The Importance of Ethics & Good Sportsmanship”, “What Can I Do in the Horse Industry?: A Career Path for Equine Enthusiasts”, and “Real Vet Student Stories: What To Expect”. These workshops will aim to educate students on ethics during competition, provide a panel of industry professionals to speak about their careers within the equine industry, and a panel of veterinary students to speak about applying to vet schools and what students can expect once attending.

“This conference is one of a kind in the tri-state area and is appropriate for equine enthusiasts of all backgrounds, disciplines and levels of experience,” said Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center. “The speakers truly represent the ‘best of the best’ in their respective areas of expertise,” she added.

In addition to these workshops, the weekend will feature a trade show in which attendees will be able to visit with sponsors and vendors to learn about new and upcoming products and advancements. Visit the conference website for a list of current sponsors and information regarding sponsorship and vendor opportunities.

About Rutgers Equine Science Center

The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is “Better Horse Care through Research and Education” in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry.

For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit esc.rutgers.edu.

 

February 10, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

When Becky Andrews and Susan Benson met at horse shows back in the early 1990’s they never dreamt they would be working together in dog rescue all these years later! But they have joined forces to build a new program benefiting rescue dogs and military veterans in need. Naturally horse shows still play a big part!! ! Becky Andrews founded Smiles Forever Animal Rescue (a 501c3) non profit based in Finncasteke Virginia in 2012 after her beloved constant horse show companion Pitbull “Smiles” passed away. She vowed to help as many dogs in need as she could.! Smiles Forever Animal Rescue is a 501c3 companion animal rescue located in Fincastle, Virginia.The rescue aims to save the animals that are most in need, those on the euthanasia list for space,medical issues or resource guarding.They are not breed specific and rely on donations and volunteers to rehabilitate and rehome the animals.! ! Their Pets4Vets program was started two years ago and is now branching out into Florida with a new Chapter started by Past President and Director of The Williston Animal Group, Susan Benson. SFAR wants to make pet ownership a reality and allow veterans to experience the benefits of owning a companion animal. Susan and Director of SFAR, Becky Andrews are longtime friends and fellow dog rescuers. They also share a connection to the horse world. ! This connection has helped the fundraising efforts for the newly formed P4V program. ! This spring, Benson organized a Tito’s Vodka Happy Hour fundraiser and adoption event at The Classic Company’s Jacksonville Spring Horse Shows. In addition Bob Bell, generously donated the proceeds from the VIP tables sold during this two week circuit.! ! “We had a great time, building awareness and raising some money for P4V. It was great to see some old friends and let people know about this great program!” said Benson.! Benson has already saved two dogs from the Levy County Animal! Services who will be placed into the P4V program here in Florida. “Lady” and “Spud” were two senior American Bull Dogs whose owners could no longer care for them.! Pets4Vets (P4V) is a program that provides a special opportunity for veterans to save the life of a pet in need. and places adoptable pets in homes with veterans to serve as companions. Based on the needs of the veteran owner, Smiles Forever Animal Rescue can arrange for food, routine vet care, and transportation to veterinary appointments.! We want to thank veterans for their service by paying the adoption fee & supplying them with!
food and routine veterinary care! P4V focuses on the positive relationship between humans and pets. “We want to clearly state that we are not providing a service pet, but aiming to work with veterans to care for a companion animal that may help fill a void in their life. There are great emotional benefits from owning a pet. These benefits directly correlate with symptoms of loneliness, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Pets can help bring out feelings of love, reduce stress, and increase the likelihood of social interactions.” explained Andrews.! Veterans are able to contact Smiles Forever Animal Rescue through e-mail, telephone, text, or through their website- whichever works best for them. www.smilesforeveranimalrescue.org.! Information regarding P4V and upcoming events can be found on our Facebook page as well,Smilespets4vets.

Horses 2017: The Best of the Best

February 09, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

In conjunction with title sponsor, Merial Animal Health, the Rutgers Equine Science Center will host “Horses 2017: The Best of the Best”. An educational program last hosted in 2009, we aim to bring the most recent updates in the equine industry to the general public.

Over the course of two days, attendees will have eight session slots in which they can choose from 26 different workshop options. The March 18 morning keynote addresses will be delivered by Wendy Williams, world-renowned scientific journalist and author of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion, whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. On Sunday March 19, Dr. Jeff Thomason from the University of Guelph, Canada, will present his latest research on accessing footing surfaces from the horse’s perspective.

Featured speakers have been selected by the Center to speak on a variety of topics throughout the weekend, including basic veterinary care, equine behavior, equine dentistry, footing, shoeing, equine osteoarthritis, diet fads, and manure & pasture management. For a full list of workshops, visit the conference website at http://esc.rutgers.edu/horses-2017

Don’t forget to register to by clicking “Tickets Available” above, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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JustWorld and the CP Palm Beach Masters Brought Fun and Entertainment at the JustWorld Kid Zone!

February 08, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Deeridge Farms, a 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty set in the Village of Wellington, hosted the CP Palm Beach Masters Presented by SOVARO®. This year’s event featured a popular schedule and showcased one of the final two East Coast qualifying events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League to qualify for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, in March.

JustWorld was thrilled to partner with the CP Palm Beach Masters for the second year to bring exciting entertainment to Wellington at The JustWorld Kid Zone. The JustWorld Kid Zone was held during the CP Palm Beach Masters on Saturday, February 4th, and Sunday, February 5th, from 11:00-2:00 pm. JustWorld ran their signature horseless horseshow, an event which allows kids to gallop over a course of miniature jumps and test their skills like the top riders. JustWorld mascots, mini ponies Domino and Tootsie, tried out the course as well. Other fun activities included a balloon artist, face painting, a jumbo slide, and bounce house.

Special guest performer Johnny Rez, from the hit NBC show The Voice, sang the National Anthem on Sunday, February 5th, before the Grand Prix and his new single “Lifted High” from the movie “The Lachance Kids,” which will be released in April. Johnny Rez, a singer/songwriter from Miami, is a JustWorld Ambassador who recently traveled to Guatemala with JustWorld to spend time with students and Ambassadors at JustWorld’s partner project, Los Patojos. Johnny also performed at the 14th Annual JustWorld Gala, sharing with JustWorld’s Gala guests his personal story of how music changed his life and his new connection to Los Patojos before hitting the dance floor while he sang live. Johnny stopped by the JustWorld Kid Zone to join in on all the festivities as well.

The CP Palm Beach Masters believes in JustWorld’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around the world to benefit children. As the Presenting Sponsor of JustWorld’s 14th Annual Gala, the CP Palm Beach Masters made a generous donation to help support JustWorld’s life-sustaining projects in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. These projects help sustain programs that provide basic needs to more than 6,500 children with little opportunity to receive support from other sources. With their donation, thousands of children will be supported through education, nutrition, health and hygiene, and leadership and cultural development programs.

ABOUT JUSTWORLD INTERNATIONAL 

JustWorld International is devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around the world helping children thrive.

JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Tax-deductible donations are accepted in Switzerland and JustWorld’s supporters may send their donations to Fondation Philanthropia, a Swiss public-benefit umbrella foundation. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.

For more information about JustWorld and how you can get involved, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.

 

 

Babington Kicks Off Season with WEF Win!

February 07, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Babington Kicks Off Season with WEF Win!

 

Wordley Martin Equestrian has a long relationship with Kevin Babington and his team, originally installing his ring at home in Pennsylvania, and in 2016 we completed another arena renovation at his farm here in Loxahatchee, FL.

Kevin has been receiving some well deserved press lately, due to his phenomenal performance in the jumper ring.

Keep an eye out for your next edition of Sidelines Magazine, where we will be featuring Kevin in our full page ad as our featured client of the month!  We are looking forward to charting his success in the Grand Prix ring this season at WEF!

View the full article here

The Importance of Riding on Proper Footing

 As equestrians we have spent many hours putting our blood, sweat, and tears into producing a top equine athlete, and we all want a healthy and successful competition season this winter. Healthy and happy horses begins with the surface they train on every day. Training and competing on good footing is essential to your horses health and longevity, while bad footing can bring you several headaches and unwanted vet bills.

With all types of footing, there is a concussive element that the horse’s soft tissue will absorb with every step. Footing with too much grip will prevent the horse from moving freely, causing strain on the joints and tendons. Footing with not enough grip can cause horses to slip, leading to soft tissue injuries.

Proper footing will provide you with optimum shear strength, shock absorption, and rebound that is essential for your horses daily training. Footing that includes those three essential components allows the horse to move freely, absorb energy for shock absorption, and allows the horse’s foot to land evenly with every step.

Wordley Martin Founders, Craig Martin and Sharn Wordley understand how horses move across different surfaces. From many years of International Show Jumping experience, they understand the horse’s biomechanics to provide you with the top footing solution for your horses.

Maura Weis, an amateur dressage competitor is thrilled with all of the arenas Wordley Martin has built for her. “I have built three Wordley Martin arenas and I love them all, they are amazing! The Wordley Martin folks are a pleasure to work with, totally professional, caring and knowledgeable. All of the professionals I have trained with are amazed by the quality of the footing and the entire presentation of the arenas. It is equal to or better than the footing at shows where I compete.”

Product of the Month: Wordley Martin Premium Footing

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Wordley Martin will work with clients to create a customized surface solution by combining our materials with an existing ring surface, or by recommending solutions to upgrade overall footing materials.

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  Wordley Martin is currently finishing up at Cindy Peretti’s property in the Equestrian Club located in Wellington, FL before we head to Pennsylvania for another arena.

Stay tuned for next month’s mini article about daily arena maintenance and newly constructed arena photos. Stay up to date with Wordley Martin news by viewing our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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JustWorld and the CP Palm Beach Masters Presented by SOVARO® Announce the JustWorld Kid’s Zone

January 31, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

JustWorld and the CP Palm Beach Masters 
Presented by SOVARO® Announce the JustWorld Kid’s Zone
Deeridge Farms, a 300-acre oasis of serenity and beauty set in the Village of Wellington, will host the CP Palm Beach Masters Presented by SOVARO® – one of only seven East Coast qualifying events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League for the 2017 World Cup Jumping Final. The CP Palm Beach Masters is looking forward to building onto the success of their inaugural 2016 event, and establish themselves as a premier, stand-alone international show jumping competition in the United States. Deeridge Farms will host what’s being billed as a standalone FEI World Cup qualifier event with additional classes for all skill levels during the first week of February 2017. The Longines FEI World Cup™Jumping Wellington event on Sunday, February 5th, begins at 12:00 pm.
JustWorld and the CP Palm Beach Masters have teamed up to bring exciting entertainment to Wellington at the The JustWorld Kid’s Zone. The JustWorld Kid’s Zone will be held during the CP Palm Beach Masters on Saturday, February 4th, and Sunday, February 5th, from 11:00-2:00 pm. There will be many fun activities including a jumbo slide, bounce house, horseless horse show, face painting, balloon artist, mini ponies, tasty treats, and much more! General admission is free, but there is a $20 parking charge on Saturday and Sunday.
Special guest performer Johnny Rez, from the hit NBC show The Voice, will be singing the National Anthem on Sunday, February 5th, before the Grand Prix. Johnny Rez, a singer/songwriter from Miami, is a JustWorld Ambassador who recently traveled to Guatemala with JustWorld to spend time with students and Ambassadors at JustWorld’s partner project, Los Patojos. Johnny also performed at the 14th Annual JustWorld Gala, sharing with JustWorld’s Gala guests his personal story of how music changed his life and his new connection to Los Patojos before hitting the dance floor while he sang live, making it a memorable night for all. Johnny will be stopping by the Kid’s Zone as well, joining in on all the fun activities.
Lou Jacobs shared, “We are thrilled to once again host competitors and spectators for the Palm Beach Masters, as well as for the inaugural Deeridge Derby taking place March 3rd to 5th, bringing to center stage an outstanding group of hunters. These two events will showcase multiple levels of the sport — from amateur riders to the world’s elite — in a one-of-kind setting. JustWorld does a great job in helping us to provide fun activities for our youngest spectators, and we are honored to contribute to their incredibly worthy cause.”
The CP Palm Beach Masters believes in JustWorld’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around the world to benefit children. As the Presenting Sponsor of JustWorld’s 14th Annual Gala, the CP Palm Beach Masters made a generous donation to help support JustWorld’s life-sustaining projects in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. These projects help sustain programs that provide basic needs to children with little opportunity to receive support from other sources. With their donation, hundreds of children will be supported through education, nutrition, health and hygiene, and leadership and cultural development programs.
The JustWorld Kid’s Zone at the CP Palm Beach Masters is free and open to the public! To find out more information on how you can join in on the fun, please contact aconiglio@justworldinternational.org.
Visit wwww.palmbeachmasters.com for more info!

ABOUT JUSTWORLD INTERNATIONAL 
JustWorld International is devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around the world helping children thrive.
JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Tax-deductible donations are accepted in Switzerland and JustWorld’s supporters may send their donations to Fondation Philanthropia, a Swiss public-benefit umbrella foundation. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.

www.justworldinternational.org

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Newport Polo Announces Gala la Bamba To Support Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center

January 23, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

Portsmouth, RI (January 21, 2017) – Iconic couture, lively rhythms and inventive cuisine are hallmarks of Latin cultural inspiration for Gala la Bamba, the social climax of the polo season on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 at Rosecliff with guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, to support renovations for the reopening of the historic Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center. 

Hosted by Newport Polo, the annual sell-out event draws nearly 400 generous and fun-loving attendees to make a red carpet entrance in bold Latin black tie adaptation for a night of exquisite gourmet creations, dancing and heart-warming philanthropy, to welcome international guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, and support the 2017 beneficiary, the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center on Washington Square in Newport.  Gala Tickets are now available at www.nptpolo.com for the highly anticipated annual event.

The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center is so honored to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s International Polo Charity Ball Auction,” states Alison Vareika, Chair, Opera House Board of Directors.  “We truly appreciate the spirit and style in which Newport Polo enriches the international and local community with its exciting polo matches and culturally inspired events throughout the season.  We thank you for supporting the mission of the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center, and for recognizing the value that this restored historic theater, with its dynamic program of year-round live performances, will bring to the greater Newport community and its visitors.”

The mission of the restored Opera House Theater is to provide the Greater Newport Area with a unique, sustainable community asset that will be a lively center for culture, arts, education and civic interaction, while contributing to the economy of the city and region.  More about the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center.

The evening begins with a pre-gala Meet & Greet event with the Mexican Polo Team, then on to Rosecliff for the main event that includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails created by the Cocktail Guru, a highly anticipated Silent Auction in which a carefully curated collection of unique items & exclusive opportunities will be offered for the highest bidder, a seated gourmet dinner in the gilded ballroom and whirlwind Live Auction offering up the night’s crown jewels, then dancing to a live orchestra until the stroke of midnight .  The odyssey’s finale ascends to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.

17 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the polo season.  The weekend’s festivities continue the next day when the international guests of honor take to the polo field to compete against USA in the Newport International Polo Series on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5pm.  The match concludes with an authentic New England Lobsterbake prepared by legendary bake masters from McGrath’s Clambakes.  For all upcoming events, visit www.nptpolo.com.

Sign up to a private & secure emailing to receive event updates.  To view a gallery of photos from last year’s Bal du Soleil with the French Polo Team, peruse our Facebook Album, or previous galas from galleries published on Newport Polo’s website.

Newport Polo’s gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support nonprofit organizations.  For Sponsorship or Auction donations for the 2017 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to agnes@nptpolo.com.

2017 Charitable Initiatives

Newport Polo will host additional charitable initiatives in 2017, including the Rotary Benefit Match on Saturday, May 27 and an All Charity Day polo match offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations. For more information, please email agnes@nptpolo.com.  Through its 25 year history, Newport Polo has raised over $650,000 for civic and charitable organizations. Initiatives include the International Polo Charity Ball, special benefit matches, and countless ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series.

 

About Newport International Polo Series:

Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series, a popular and unique summertime tradition that attracts audiences from throughout the New England region.  Public exhibition matches are held every Saturday, June through September. The most current information is online at www.nptpolo.com  and by private Subscription to its monthly E-magazine.

 

Now entering its 26th season, acting as a global ambassador to the sport of polo, new teams have been invited for its jubilee.  Teams from 33 countries will have taken to the field for the Newport International Polo Series, including challengers from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore,  Monaco and Morocco.

 

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Dressage at Lexington Acquired by Virginia Dressage Association

January 19, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

A 27 year tradition continues under new management

Lexington, VA. Dressage at Lexington, held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, is a premier dressage show, having grown to be one of the largest shows on the East Coast. Featuring special classes like the Prix St. Georges Challenge, a hotly contested FEI class, and the very popular Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge, Dressage at Lexington has become a destination event for amateurs and professionals alike. Sponsors and riders like the friendly atmosphere, top facility, and opportunity for a victory gallop.

After 27 years of developing and managing Dressage at Lexington, show manager Debbie Rodriguez is handing over the reins to the Virginia Dressage Association. “It has been a great experience. The best part is the people in our sport that I have gotten to know. Watching riders and horses develop and come up the levels has been a treat. Knowing that volunteers and sponsors are willing to pitch in and help has made my job easy. I look forward to the experience that VADA brings to the table, and anticipate a bright future for VADA and Dressage at Lexington.”

VADA, an active and experienced United States Dressage Federation Group Member Organization with a long history of managing Championship shows, will start hosting Dressage at Lexington in 2017. VADA President Alison Head notes, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue this important Dressage Show. We hope to continue the great work that Debbie has done, and add some special “VADA” touches as well. We look forward to welcoming everyone in July of next year.”

Foxcroft School Wins DAC Championship, Earns Spot in VISAA Field Hockey Tournament

January 17, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Middleburg, VA — Foxcroft School won the Delaney Athletic Conference field hockey tournament for the third time in its history Thursday, but this victory was extra special because for the first time the team beat nemesis Fredericksburg Academy to do it.

Foxcroft’s previous two DAC titles, in 2008 and 2009, came without facing FA, which was the best team in the league at the time, but opted to play in another post-season tournament. Foxcroft beat Highland for those titles — and then lost to FA in the championship game six years in a row.

Fittingly, a senior, co-captain Allison Buffenbarger, scored the the one and only goal to lift Foxcroft to its 1-0 triumph over the team that had frustrated Foxcroft for so many years.

The victory, along with a dominating 8-0 rout of John Paul the Great last Monday, helped Foxcroft hang onto the eighth and final spot in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I tournament. The squad will play the No. 1 seed, Trinity Episcopal (14-3) on Tuesday, November 8 in Richmond.

Foxcroft, 12-2-2, as considered a longshot to make the DI tournament after beginning the season in Division II, where it reached the championship game three times in recent years.

Entering this season Foxcroft had posted a 1-17- 1 record against Fredericksburg Academy, a six-time VISAA Division II state champion and winner of the last four in a row. In addition to the DAC defeats, Foxcroft had lost to FA in the state tournament final three times in the past four years.

This year, though, the tide turned. Foxcroft defeated FA twice during the regular season — albeit by just one goal each time — for the first time ever.
Thursday’s game was expected to be another nail-biter and it was. Buffenbarger, second in scoring on the team behind her sister Haley, scored an unassisted goal for Foxcroft with three minutes left in the first half. Although many Foxcroft fans watching from the sidelines worried that a one-goal lead might not be enough, it stood up for the next 33 minutes of play.

“The girls were pretty nervous, knowing that there was only a one-goal differential for both of the previous two games against this team,” said Coach Michelle Woodruff, who earned Coach of the Year honors. “I thought we seemed a little nervous for the first few minutes, but we settled down and started to play our game. FA came out of the gate fighting hard and it showed in their intensity.”

Woodruff credited the defense with preserving the victory.

“Our defense, led by Millie (’17), did a great job and held FA to just a couple of corners,” said Woodruff , citing virtually every player for her role in getting and protecting the lead. ”It was a really good game.”

Led by a pair of sisters from Leesburg, Foxcroft has outscored its opponents, 67-14, this season. Sophomore Haley Buffenbarger. leads the team with 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points, followed by Allison, with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. Sophomore Seabrook Brown has 18 points on eight goals and two assists.

Senior goaltender Elle Lassiter. has allowed only 1.1 goals per game and has 56 saves.

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Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 with a mission of helping every girl explore her unique voice and develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world. Unique learning experiences; an uncommonly beautiful setting in which to learn, grow and thrive; and a warm, residential community comprised of 151 girls from 13 countries, 17 states and the District of Columbia support this mission.  The School offers 79 courses, including 15 Advanced Placement classes, and a STEM program that inspires girls to pursue disciplines traditionally underrepresented by women. Foxcroft fields athletic teams in nine sports, including a two-time state champion lacrosse team and has a nationally known riding program.  About one-third of the students receive financial assistance; 25 percent are international students, and 16 percent are students of color.