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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!

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.



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.



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.


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.



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

by Susanna Thomas

62 Retired Racehorses Embark on Their New Careers

Lexington, KY. January 4, 2017 – Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) topped off 2016 with sweet success by celebrating their best year yet!  In 2016 MMSC placed a record-breaking 62 retired Thoroughbreds in new homes and providing them with second careers. MMSC is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. They teach new skills to horses by utilizing the natural strength of the Thoroughbred.

“Thoroughbreds are timeless… they have reigned supreme in equestrian sports,” says MMSC Director, Susanna Thomas. “They are smart, athletic and big-hearted. As people are recognizing the magnificence of this beautiful breed, the demand for Thoroughbreds has skyrocketed. Giving these horses a second chance and helping them transition into a new career is a lot of work, but watching as they are adopted into new families is the most rewarding feeling.”

by Susanna Thomas

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has a very specific system: The Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ developed by Thomas gives an off-track Thoroughbred a foundation that an amateur can successfully build upon. The Center also is cautious to match each adopter with a horse that has a consistent temperament and can achieve the adopter’s chosen goals.

“I adopted Bowie after initially meeting him two weeks prior during a trip to KY for the Thoroughbred Makeover that my husband and I were attending,” said Ruth Goethals, who adopted a horse from MMSC. “I spent a couple of days with Bowie during that time I found the entire staff welcoming, informative and extremely accommodating. The experience was amazing. Our trainer has often commented that Maker’s Mark hit a home run in matching Bowie and I.”

It is because of this dedication to being “horse-centric” in all that they do, including their focus on successful matches, that the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has been hailed by equine professionals as “The Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling.”

To learn more about Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, please visit: http://www.secretariatcenter.org/.

About Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

Foxcroft School Announces Equestrian Camp

January 02, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Top-tier training, facilities, and fun to highlight June 2017 residential camp for girls

(MIDDLEBURG, VA) — Foxcroft School, whose outstanding riding program is known across the U.S. , will hold a week-long residential equestrian camp for girls June 25-30, 2017, it was announced recently.

The camp, open to experienced riders going into the 8th through 11th grade, will be held on Foxcroft’s beautiful 500-acre campus in Middleburg, VA, which boasts a large indoor arena as well as multiple outdoor rings and trails. Participants will get a taste of being a “Foxcroft rider” by experiencing top-tier training by Foxcroft Director of Riding Kate Worsham and her staff, getting to know its excellent facilities and school horses, and staying in a Foxcroft dormitory.

Daily mounted hunter seat, equitation based riding lessons on well-trained school horses, will be complemented by horsemanship sessions and a fitness program designed especially for riders. Campers will also take part in cooking and nutrition classes for athletes and enjoy free time at Foxcroft’s outdoor swimming pool and other recreational facilities.

Space for the Foxcroft School Equestrian Camp is limited and previous riding experience is required. Please contact Deborah Anderson (deborah.anderson@foxcroft.org) for more information and application materials.

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 (2016-17 statistics).  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.


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