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Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Huge Success and Highly Entertaining

Athletes, spectators and sponsors raise funds for the Equestrian Aid Foundation

Wellington, FL – March 26, 2007 –Athletes in the Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon™ were cheered on by hundreds of enthusiastic fans and supporters on Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Few charities have as loyal a following as the Equestrian Aid Foundation, which raises money for equestrians in need. The Equestrian Aid Foundation helps equestrians with a life threatening illness or victims of a catastrophic event or accident.

Olympic medalist and president of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, Robert Dover, was the master of ceremonies, along with Samantha Charles, editor of Sidelines magazine. A parade of teams which included Zada Enterprises, FarmVet.Com, Dutta Transport and RV Sales of Broward, opened the exciting event. Each team had three athletes including one polo player, one dressage rider and one jumping rider. Each athlete had to compete in the two disciplines in which they do not normally participate. Although the athletes included Olympians, the mix of unusual disciplines created an entertaining display for spectators.

A dressage musical freestyle, featuring a pas de deux, was the first of three competitions. Team RV Sales of Broward opened with Nona Garson and Martin Estrada who trotted down the center line to the Beatles song “Come Together”. Dover commented after the pair had finished their routine, “It takes a lot of guts to do this. Especially wearing outfits like that.” They were clad in bright purple jerseys and yellow ribbons.

Team FarmVet.Com went next with a Wild West theme. A person dressed as a large black bull stormed the in-gate and galloped across the field followed closely by two masked riders (said to be Christian Currey and Darren Graziano). Behind the two masked men/women were two women/men dressed in bright red and pink dresses on cutting horses (the real Graziano and Currey). The two masked riders did a beautiful pas de deux while the cowgirls and bull carried on with their own stunts behind them. The whole routine was hysterical and got the crowd rolling with laughter. “Those are the ugliest girls I have ever seen!” Dover laughed. “I’m not sure how to judge this,” he added.

Team number three was Dutta Transport. Georgina Bloomberg and Santiago Trotz made up the dressage team, but they were escorted by a large entourage of team supporters in hot pink jerseys, including sponsor Tim Dutta (in drag) and team coaches Kim Prince and Jeffery Welles. The pair circled in front of the judges numerous times to show off their control and poise.

The fourth and final team was Zada Enterprises made up of Robert Ross, John Gobin and Lauren Sammis. Ross and Gobin entered the arena in very serious dressage attire (except for the bright green polo helmet worn by Gobin). They were all business and brought the house down with their amazing score of 86.736 which put them in first place after phase one.

Show jumping was next, executed in a Gamblers Choice format. Riders raced around the short course of obstacles and the outcome was pleasantly uneventful. The polo and dressage riders really showed their flexibility and durability in this event. Susan Dutta was the highest scoring rider with a valiant effort and 750 points.

A heated set of polo matches was the final and deciding event in the day’s schedule. Bent Jensen for team RV Sales of Broward came on strong, making two goals in one set and defeating team FarmVet.Com. Zada Enterprises won the final chukker against Team Dutta Transport to win the match and the overall championship.

The skies opened and torrential rains fell as the final seconds of the match commenced. Players and spectators ran to the Jockey Club for an evening full of feasting (sponsored by LaPeche Café and Catering), festivities, awards and silent and live auctions.

The four teams stood on a podium and were given their medals. First place was Zada Enterprises, second place went to Dutta Transport, third was the team from FarmVet.Com and fourth place went to RV Sales of Broward.

Eugene R. Mische generously donated the use of the facilities and the Jockey Club for the evening. Dover thanked him as well as the many volunteers that helped make the evening possible.

Guests partied until late in the evening enjoying music of a DJ and drinking cocktails made by celebrity bartenders. The silent auction was a huge success, offering over 70 unique items for sale. The highest selling live auction item was a dressage saddle donated from County Saddlery that sold for $10,500.

If you would like to make a donation to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit http://www.equestrianaidfoundation.org.

Photo Credit: Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon™ winning team, Zada Enterprises. Photo © 2007 Jenny Kappler.

 

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