US Team Olympian Tina Konyot & Calecto to Perform at Trump Invitational at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach

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Tina Konyot and Calecto V competing at the London Olympic Games. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 17–The United States Olympic team partnership of Tina Konyot and the black stallion Calecto V will perform a dressage exhibition at the Trump Invitational $100,000 internatonal jumping event at Mar-a-Lao Club on storied Palm Beach on Sunday, Jan. 6.

Tina and Calecto will give the dressage demonstration on the great lawn of Mar-a-Lago overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway during a break in the first ever equestrian event on Palm Beach in South Florida. It is being produced by Equestrian Sport Productions, organizers of the Winter Equestrian Festival, to benefit the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge.

Mar-a-Lago is the former Marjorie Merriweather Post estate that was purchased and restored by Donald Trump in 1985. It is one of the most spectacular mansions in the world and designated a U.S National Landmark.

The Jan. 6 spectacular will be the first ever equestrian event held on Palm Beach Island and will kick-off the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the world’s largest winter equestrian destination of 12 weeks of jumper/hunter competition and five weeks of the Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center beginning Jan. 9.

The Trump Invitational will be a fundraiser for the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments that raises and distributes more than $1 million a year for 32 Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition in late January. The FTI GCC event has raised and distributed more than $2.7 million over the last three years.

Mark Bellissimo, chief executive officer of Equestrian Sport Productions that organizes events at PBIEC, annouced the dressage exhibition by Tina, of Palm City, Florida, and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion that were one of four combinations representing the United States in dressage at the London summer Games.

The Mar-a-Lago gala will be a glttering lunctime event with a lineup of top American and international competitors.

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Great Britain’s Olympic gold medalists Nick Skelton and Ben Maher will head a starting list that includes fellow Olympians Mclain Ward, Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Margie Engle and Leslie Howard of the United States, Canada’s legendary Ian Millar and Olympic team mate Tiffany Foster, Rodrigo Pessoa and Alvaro de Miranda Net of Brazil and his wife, Athina Onassis de Miranda.

Top-ranked show jumpers Kent Farrington, Christine McCrea, Charlie Jayne, Brianne Goutal, Kirsten Coe, Candice King and Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam will be in attendance as well as Olympic teen sensation Reed Kessler and a field of other up-and-coming stars, Jessica Springsteen, Katie Dinan, and Catherine Pasmore.

“We are very excited about this event and the chance to have equestrian sport for the first time on Palm Beach Island,” said Mark Bellissimo. “It will be a spectacular event at a breathtaking waterfront setting. It will be a great chance to promote the sport and the athletes, all while raising money for the million-dollar FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge. It has been a pleasure teaming up with the Trump organization and it should be one of the highlights of the 2013 winter season.”

Donald Trump, who will draw a “wild card” charity, added, “After attending last year’s Nations Cup in Wellington, I thought Mar-a-Lago would be a perfect and world-class setting to showcase the sport, kick off the 2013 equestrian season and raise money for some great local charities.”

Georgina Bloomberg and Paige Bellissimo will co-chair the event, and include sponsorship by the Suncast Corporation, G&C Farm and Gut Einhaus.

In addition to the jumping competition, there will be a seaside garden party and brunch for spectators, as well as a meet and greet rider poolside party after the event.