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Flavors 2010: Our Best Year Yet!

March 24, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Highly anticipated Flavors 2010 to attract over 600 attendees!

On Friday, April 9th, at the elite Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington’s finest dining establishments will offer up their most tasty samplings. This seventh year tasting event is honored as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s “Signature Event” and will take place from 6:30-9:30 PM.

FLAVORS of Wellington brings together the best of the best Wellington Chamber Restaurants/Catering Venues/Wholesale and Gourmet Markets as well as Country Clubs who showcase their businesses, products, menus and exceptional service staff. Each vendor is asked to serve up their most tasty “signature items” and compete in categories such as Best Taste, Best Plate Presentation, Best Display and Best Dessert! Our guests will see everything from Tiffany blue chocolate fountains, to sushi boats, gourmet appetizers, dinner samplings, wine tastings …just about anything our vendors can dream up!

This event could not happen each year without the participation of our local eateries and we are so grateful to each of them for joining us each year!

Best of all attendees will enjoy an evening of dining and dancing to Music Masters International 20- Piece Stage Band – we receive calls five months in advance each year with people hoping to see the Music Masters International Band. Their unique music makes this event unlike any other! However, this year we will be overlooking the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Arena with equestrian events going on in the ring. This event could not be more unique to Wellington.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce Alec L. Domb, Esq. and John Mercer as Chairman of the 2010 Flavors of Wellington event. Host committee to include chamber Ambassadors; Mark Bozicevic, Steve Vlahakis, Bob Wolff, Bob Salerno, Jonathan Porges and Jeremy Slusher, Denise Carpenter, Darlene Curti and Patti Heyner.

“This is our biggest social event of the season and we are proud to boast this will be our seventh year hosting this event,” says Chamber Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green. “Each year this event gets bigger and better well attended, with the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center as our hosting venue, this year will no doubt exceed all our expectations.”

Platinum Sponsor this year is FPL and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Don Kiselewski, Area Manager for Northern and Western Palm Beach County, believes in supporting community based events and states, “FPL is honored to sponsor Flavors 2010 and is proud of our continued support of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. We strongly encourage the community, our customers and chamber membership to take part in this savory event.”

Ultra Cleaners has been announced as Silver Sponsor.

Valet Parking Courtesy of the Law Offices of Alexander L.Domb and Donald K.Porges CPA LLC.

The Wellington Chamber also wishes to thank the Village of Wellington in their support in the promotion of Flavors. With their consideration, many many residents learn of our event and attend as a result of their efforts.

Last but not least we want to warmly welcome and personally invite the Wellington residents who support this event each year! You make it a pleasure hosting Flavors and with your participation, we can only grow this event each year and make it the “Signature Tasting Event” in Wellington!

Tickets are now on sale for Flavors 2010!

Pre-event price is $25.00 and $30.00 at the door.

VIP Reserved Tables begin at $250.00.

Please contact the Wellington Chamber of Commerce at 561-792-6525 for further information.

New in 2010! Show Jumping Young Rider Tour to Send Riders to Europe

March 17, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Application and Selection Procedure Now Available

From the USEF Show Jumping Department

Gladstone, NJ – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is launching a new Show Jumping initiative for Young Riders beginning in the summer of 2010. Some of the most exciting up-and-coming riders in the US will have the opportunity to apply for and participate in the 2010 Show Jumping Young Rider Tour. The USEF Jumping Department has posted the Selection Procedure and Application for the 2010 Show Jumping Young Rider Tour on the Show Jumping High Performance website:


The proposed shows for the 2010 Young Rider Tour are: CSI3* Eindhoven (NED), May 13-16, 2010; CSIOY Reims (FRA), May 28-30, 2010, and CSIOY Wierden (NED), June 3-6, 2010.

To be considered for selection on this Tour, riders must be born on or between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1994.  The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, March 29, 2010.


For more information, contact Lizzy Chesson, Director of Show Jumping High Performance Programs (908) 326-1166 or email lchesson@usef.org.

Hilton Head/Savannah Equestrian Exposition

March 11, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

With a hint of cooler weather in the air, low country horsemen begin to condition their mounts for another season of equestrian activity. Along with hours of pleasure filled riding, there also comes a sense of
bonding with our horses.

It is significant to note that regional horsemen will once again unite for the sixth annual Hilton Head / Savannah Equestrian Exposition to be held on March 21st 2010. Despite trying economic times, the hardworking executive committee of Equus Ventures, LLC is proud to announce that we donated more than $25,000 to local charities in 2009.

I welcome our participants to make the Hilton Head/Savannah Equestrian Exposition an even greater success in 2010.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sandy S. Termotto, D.M.D.
President, Equus Ventures, L.L.C.

a.. American Diabetes Association
b.. Bluffton Historical Preservation Society
c.. Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island
d.. The Heritage Library
e.. Heroes On Horseback
f.. Savannah College of Art & Design, Equestrian Program
g.. Saint Gregory the Great Ministries
h.. The Bluffton/Jasper County Volunteers In Medicine

Presented by Equus Ventures, LLC

Post Office Box 23917
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
Phone: 843.815.5400

3rd Annual Pink Horse Shoe Gala

March 11, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Horse Power for Life

Please join us for a wonderful evening on Saturday, April 24th from 7:00-11:00pm at the Columbia Station in Phoenixville, PA which benefits Horse Power for Life, a non-profit organization in Chester County that provides a 16 week horsemanship program to those diagnosed with cancer and one family member. The organization’s goal is to help families living with cancer focus on their minds, bodies, and souls, rather than the disease while learning about horses in an atmosphere of professionalism, teamwork, and fun. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, food stations with an international flair, four hours of premium open bar, music and dancing to the Jon Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. 100% of money raised goes back into the organization so we can continue to provide services to families living with cancer. Cost is $110.00 per ticket. We accept checks and credit cards. Table sponsorships and ½ page and full page ads in the program also available. For more information, please visit our website at www.horsepowerforlife.org and go to Gala 2010.

Neiman Marcus Lunch Celebrates Upcoming 65th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

March 09, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held over a two week period and will feature a wide array of equestrian talent featuring hunters and jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, Welsh ponies, Dressage and the United Mountain Horse breed. The crown jewels of the event take place throughout the two weeks. Saturday evening of Week One features the $30,000 Nordic Lights Farm Grand Prix and Championship Finals. Week Two features the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby hosted by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques on Friday and the $30,000 Grand Prix presented by the Houston Area Audi Dealers on Saturday. All of these events have ringside galas and special entertainment.

Eva Bisso, designer Craig Taylor, and Pin Oak president
Lynn Walsh

For a complete show schedule, visit the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show web site at www.pinoak.org or call 713.621.6290.

USEF Names Combinations to Show Jumping Long List for 2010 Alltech FEI WEG

March 08, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – Following the completion of the USEF Selection Trials for the US Show Jumping Team in Wellington, FL, the United States Equestrian Federation’s Ad Hoc Committee on Selection has approved naming the following 15 horse/rider combinations to the Show Jumping Long List for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY September 25-October 10, 2010.As per the Selection Procedures, the top nine horse/rider combinations are named according to their Final Overall Placing in the Selection Trials. The remaining six horse/rider combinations may be discretionary choices recommended by the Selectors. In this case, the Selectors exercised their option to use three discretionary choices. In addition, the Selectors name and rank up to five substitute horse/rider combinations to the Long List.

Ranking of Top 15 horse/rider combinations:

Name/Horse (Hometown)

1. McLain Ward/Sapphire (Brewster, NY)

2. Laura Kraut/Cedric (Wellington, FL)

3. Lauren Hough/Quick Study (Wellington, FL)

4. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson/Tristan (Thousand Oaks, CA)

5. Richard Spooner/Cristallo (Agua Dulce, CA)

6T. Mario Deslauriers/Urico (New York, NY)

6T. Beezie Madden/Danny Boy (Cazenovia, NY)

8. McLain Ward/Rothchild (Brewster, NY)

9. Hillary Dobbs/Quincy B (Sussex, NJ)

10. Beezie Madden/ Mademoiselle (Cazenovia, NY)

11. Candice King/Skara Glen’s Davos (Wellington, FL)

12. Rich Fellers/Flexible (Wilsonville, OR)

13. Todd Minikus/Pavarotti (Loxahatchee, FL)

14. Cara Raether/Ublesco (North Palm Beach, FL)

15. Bob Kraut/Graf Lando (Oconomowoc, WI)

Alternates in order:

Ashlee Bond/Chivas Z (Hidden Hills, CA)

Georgina Bloomberg/Fiedi 3 (New York, NY)

Jeffery Welles/Armani (Wellington, FL)

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson Kilkenny Rindo (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Charlie Jayne/Athena (Elgin, IL)

Biography information, complete coverage and standings from the USEF Selection Trials are all available here:http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/alljumping/sjSelectionTrials.aspx.

The horse/rider combinations have been named to compete on the following Tours which consist of 2010 FEI Top League competitions:

Tour 1: CSIO5* La Baule, FRA (May 13-16); CSIO5* Rome, ITA (May 27-30); and CSIO5* St. Gallen, SUI (June 3-6)

McLain Ward/Sapphire

Richard Spooner/Cristallo

Mario Deslauriers/Urico

Hillary Dobbs/Quincy B

Beezie Madden/ Mademoiselle

Tour 2: CSIO5* Rotterdam, NED (June 16-20); and CSIO5* Aachen, GER (July 13-18).

Laura Kraut/Cedric

Lauren Hough/Quick Study

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson/Tristan

Candace King/Skara Glen’s Davos

Beezie Madden/Danny Boy

Tour 3: CSIO5* Falsterbo, SWE (July 8-11); CSIO5* Hickstead, GBR (July 22-25) and CSIO5* Dublin, IRL (August 4-8)

McLain Ward/Rothchild

Rich Fellers/Flexible

Todd Minikus/Pavarotti

Cara Raether/Ublesco

Bob Kraut/Graf Lando

By Joanie Morris


For more information please contact Lizzy Chesson, USEF Director of Show Jumping, High Performance Programs at 908.326.1166 or lchesson@usef.org.


The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadershipfor equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit

of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a

foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare

of its human and equine athletes.

First 2010 North American HSBC FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier to Run at Red Hills Horse Trials

March 04, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

For Immediate Release
By Joanie Morris for USEF
Lexington, KY – The first HSBC FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier kicks off the 2010 FEI Eventing season in the United States. Back on the calendar after a hiatus in 2009, the Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL is always a popular feature of the spring season. This year it runs March 4-7.

The HSBC FEI Eventing World Cup traverses the globe, giving the best horse and rider combinations the chance to qualify for the HSBC FEI World Cup Final.

A major event on the Tallahassee sporting and social calendar, Red Hills also features national level competition from Preliminary to Advanced. With entries in the triple digits, and many of the nation’s best entered in the World Cup Qualifier, the competition promises to be an early showcase of what 2010 has in store for US Eventing.

Competitors include former winner Phillip Dutton, who picked up three victories in the CIC3*-W in recent years. He rides Kheops du Quesnay and Tru Luck (who was second in 2007) in his attempt at a fourth win.

But Dutton, who was a member of the US Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, will have plenty of competition in the large field. This includes Karen O’Connor with Mandiba and Allstar and Allison Springer on Arthur (Allstar and Arthur were second and third in 2008 respectively) and one of two US riders from the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup Final, Buck Davidson. He has Ballynoe Castle RM in the CIC3*-W.

With only two qualifiers on the North American continent, riders will have a second chance to get earn enough points for qualification at the Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, MT in July.

For more tickets or more information about the Red Hill Horse Trials and CIC-W, please visit: www.rhht.org. For more information about the HSBC FEI World Cup please visit: www.fei.org.