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Winter Equestrian Festival’s Second Annual Pony Derby To Benefit Give A Buck For Special Equestrians

February 06, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Pony Derby to Benefit Give a Buck for Special Equestrians (Photo Credit: Sissy DeMaria)

Pony Derby to Benefit Give a Buck for Special Equestrians (Photo Credit: Sissy DeMaria)

Jump for the Children Pony Derby Fundraiser to be Held March 6th at WEF

 WELLINGTON, FL (Jan. 20, 2015) Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is kicking off the New Year with the announcement of the Winter Equestrian Festival’s Second Annual Jump for the Children Pony Derby Classic to be held March 6th.

 Young riders from across the country will saddle up for special equestrians as they compete in three $5,000 Pony Derby Classics with small, medium, and large divisions at The Stadium, 13500 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. The Jump for the Children Pony Derby Classic benefiting Give a Buck kicks off at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a festive party where children are invited to step up and dress up and join parents to bid on a dazzling array of enticing silent auction items.

All proceeds will benefit Give a Buck for Special Equestrians and its partner riding programs in Florida and North Carolina including: Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center (North Carolina), Good Hope Equestrian Training Center (Miami), Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (Vero Beach), Stable Place (Davie), Naples Equestrian Challenge and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (West Palm Beach).

“The funds raised from the Jump for the Children Pony Derby Classic will help us provide much needed financial assistance to our partner programs,” says Sissy DeMaria, the founder of Give a Buck and event Co-Chairperson. “We are deeply grateful to David Burton for believing in horse power that heals and for supporting our event. It is a fun and meaningful way to introduce children to philanthropy and for the equine community to give back.”

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians was founded in July 2013 and is a registered nonprofit in Florida. Give a Buck accepts tax deductible donations through its Fiscal Sponsor, The Coral Gables Community Foundation, a public charity under section 501(c)3. Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and at horse shows. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17 are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.

To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback. The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds pa­tience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength. While grooming horses helps promote a sense of calmness and well being.

For Tickets and more information, please contact Tara Bieling at (239) 200-2230.

It’s Back!!! CANTER Mid-Atlantic Online Auction Fundrasier

August 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Bid On Over 100 Exciting Items During the CANTER Mid-Atlantic Online Auction Opens August 14!


Rockville, MD (August 8, 2013).  CANTER Mid-Atlantic’s popular online auction fundraiser is back and bigger than ever: Bidding starts August 14 and ends August 21.  Proceeds from the event go directly to the care and training of ex-racehorses that have been donated to CMA. Graduates of the CMA re-training program evaluated for soundness, suitability and athleticism – have found successful careers in eventing, foxhunting, show jumping, dressage and more.

I Yam a Mandate, aka Tater, is a fabulously quiet guy looking for that perfect home where someone wants to wander through the woods, through the creeks and pop over a log here and there. Standing about 15.2, but currently round as a whiskey barrel, he would fit a variety of people comfortably and make them feel secure in any situation. An old injury means Tater can’t do heavy jumping, but he is very happy going for trail rides and doing some flat work. Available free to the best home, he is currently living in Frederick, Maryland, where he is working on his amazingly robust figure. Tater is a very light cribber and controlled with a strap. For more information, contact CANTER Mid Atlantic, or email allie@canterusa.org or call 301-980-0972.

The auction helps CANTER horses!
I Yam a Mandate, aka Tater
Available free to the best home, he is currently living in Frederick, Maryland, where he is working on his amazingly robust figure. For more information, contact CANTER Mid Atlantic, or email allie@canterusa.org or call 301-980-0972.



As in prior CANTER Mid-Atlantic online auctions, www.canterusa.org/midatlantic

bidders will find some amazing items including merchandise from Weatherbeeta, Five Star Tack, Cavalor Feed and services they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to purchase:


–       Lessons with U.S. Olympic Team Event Riders (all U.S. based riders)

–       Lesson with former U.S. Olympic Team Dressage Rider and FEI  Judge, Linda Zang

–       Lessons with Grand Prix Jumper and Hunter Riders/Trainers

–       Consultation with Blackburn Architects

–       Private Rolex Stadium Show Jumping Course Walk

–       Veterinary Services

–       Photography & videography

–       Sagamore Racing Hoodie & Cap

–       Shamrock Farm Tour

–       Subscription to Chronicle of the Horse


There are many more items, even for those without a horse haircuts and facials, homemade soaps, homemade brownies, artwork, jewelry and much more.


We are overjoyed at the support we have received for the work we do to transition ex-racehorses into new careers.  Thoroughbred racehorses are amazing animals and it’s through donations and fundraisers such as our online auction that give us the critical funds we need to keep the program going, said Allie Conrad executive director, CANTER Mid-Atlantic.  We truly appreciate the many offers that have come in this year to help support our work.  Because of that support this years auction is shaping up to be one of the best!


To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org.


About CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses):  CANTER provides a free sales listing service to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses.   Some Chapters have incorporated a Phase 2 Program in which donated ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed.  CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.

WHO REINS SUPREME? … NOT YOUR TYPICAL FUNDRAISER R. Bruce Duchossois to Receive Luminary Award at Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Third Annual Event

November 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2012) – World-class dressage, show jumping, hunter, and polo teams will show off their newfound skills in the reining ring at the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) fundraiser, Who Reins Supreme?. Held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the evening will raise funds for EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries, throughout their time of need.

The competition, which will solely focus on reining, will feature two world-class riders from each discipline: dressage, show jumping, hunters, and polo. Each will ride a custom-designed reining pattern created by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Sarah Willeman Richter.

“We’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm of the reining competition at our Sidelines Tetrathlon from previous years,” said R. Scot Evans, President of EAF. “For 2013, Who Reins Supreme? will bring the favorites of our events—the Taste of Charity food and drinks, entertaining competition, desirable auctions—and we’ll close the evening with live music.”

This year EAF will be presenting its Luminary Award to R. Bruce Duchossois. The Luminary Award, which recognizes those who play an important role in horse sports and its equestrians, is an annual award started in 2012 with recipient Jane Forbes Clark.

Duchossois, who has been an integral part of the equestrian community, grew up riding show hunters and is one of the leading exhibitors in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. Not only is Duchossois a successful competitor, he sponsors riders and classes in a variety of disciplines, including show hunters and jumpers, eventing and combined driving.

In addition to participating in various equine sports, Duchossois invests in the community through his involvement with many organizations and governing bodies that work to improve equestrian sports and the lives of equestrians. He serves on the executive board of the EAF, is a trustee of the USET Foundation and co-chair of the USEF’s Owner Taskforce. Duchossois also is an active member of the USHJA, and board member of the Alltech National Horse Show and the Aiken Training Track.

“I have been fortunate enough to spend most of my life around horses, and I am honored to receive the Luminary Award for my work with the Equestrian Aid Foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to the industry that has given me so much,” said Duchossois.

Along with the competition and awards presentation at Who Reins Supreme?, guests will enjoy the signature Taste of Charity featuring Palm Beach’s finest food and drinks, as well as, several auctions and donation opportunities to support EAF programs. Sean O’Keefe Events will manage the event’s production for the third year in a row.

Who Reins Supreme? provides an opportunity for people to donate through ticket and table sales and allows them a unique, fun experience. Tables, tickets and sponsorships for the evening may be purchased at www.EquestrianAidFoundation.org or by phone at 800.792.6068.


About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For more than 16 years, the EAF has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. In September 2012, the EAF reached a milestone of distributing more than $2 million in funding to its recipients throughout its history. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.