Star Riders to Join US Equestrian Team Holiday Gala Fund

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Steffen Peters and Ravel. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Ravel at Aachen. Germany. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Sept. 22–Olympic medalists and Western equestrian stars will headline a U.S. Equestrian Team Holiday Gala Fundraiser being staged by the equine supplement company Succeed and Wellington Classic Dressage for Dec. 11-12.

The event is planned as a combination of clinics, rider demonstrations, team competitions and fun holiday activities at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center near Wellington to raise money for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation that provides extensive financial support for American teams for international competitions.

Among those who have agreed to participate in the event are:

* Steffen Peters who with Ravel was the 2009 World Cup champion and winner of all three CDIO classes at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany;

* Tami Hoag, New York Times international best selling mystery writer and dressage competitor;

* David and Karen O’Connor, members of the Sydney 2000 Olympic bronze medal team where David also won individual gold. Between them, they have won multiple Olympic and Pan American Games medals for the United States;

* Chester Weber, a top U.S. four-in-hand driver;

* Monty Roberts, famous around the world for his ability to listen to horses and use it for training;

* Lynn Palm, creator of the Palm Partnership Training for both Western and English riders;

* Kate Levy, frequent U.S. jumping team rider on the European circuit, and

* Jeanne Kambrecht, equine psychologist.

Other participants include Olympic dressage team member Courtney King Dye, Pan American Games team gold medalist Pierre St. Jacques and his wife, Samantha, a Canadian event competitor, Canadian event rider Holly Bennett and dressage trainer Kim Gentry.

The gala is expected to run for four to five hours each night starting at 6 p.m., though the schedule is still being finalized. The program will be the same for each night of Dec. 11 and 12.

Succeed is a digestive conditioning supplement available in syringe and granule form.

Wellington Classic Dressage organizes year-long dressage events ranging from World Cup events to U.S. regional championships and national competitions.

Reservations are now being accepted for:

– Preferred seating – $30 per night

– VIP seating, including dinner – $175 per night (discount price of $275 for both nights).

Orders for tickets can be emailed to:

tickets@wellingtonclassicdressage.com