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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.