ROCKED ON
March 9, 2018!

Challenge of the Americas

2018... it was amazing!

 

Everyone is talking about the 2018 Challenge of the Americas!  It was a spectacular show with music, costumes and performances for everyone. The Challenge was live-streamed and watched around the world. We heard from Canada, Germany, Holland, Australia and more. At the Challenge Gala, 475 guests enjoyed the performance along with dinner and dancing. Hundreds of spectators filled the General Admission stands. Thank you so much for being a part of this amazing evening.

 

The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) began 16 years ago as a simple three-horse quadrille during the noon break at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby in White Fences to honor my mother, Jean Cruse, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1996. The proceeds from COTA benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K. Their research is critical to finding a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

 

So many people have stepped up and given their time, their horses, products and financial support to make this benefit a success.

 

Thank you to the Challenge Team Sponsors: Purina, Winged Foot Enterprises, Back on Track and MatchNRide. Thanks to Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance for protecting the COTA benefit with the best insurance coverage possible, and to BioStar for making the live streaming possible. SSG Gloves generously donated more than 500 pairs of gloves for team riders and VIP guests. Thanks to the Global Dressage Festival for providing an outstanding venue and to all the Global staff for their attentiveness to every detail – from the live streaming through Chronicle TV to the serving staff in the tent.

 

We are so grateful to the Partners for Pink for generously supporting the Challenge this year: AmFund, CUatX Tack, Centerline Styles, Custom Saddlery, Gardy Bloemers, Diamante Farms, Janna Dresing, Hampton Meadows Farm, Horse of Course, Larks Home Run, Oak Meadows Farm, Palms West Hospital, Red Barn Feed & Supply, Roseview Farms, Summit Performance, Susan J. Stickle Photography, The Tackeria, Van Dell Jewelers, Wellington Regional Medical Center and UVEX Helmets.

 

The COTA Committee worked tirelessly for months to ensure a fabulous evening for all to enjoy. Thank you Carolyn Davey, Paula Enos, Merrilyn Griffin, Terri Rollins Kane, Eileen Johnston, Ilona Klimek, Alex Rozboril, Allyn Schiavone, Maryann Shingler, Cathy Tarantini, Sue Weakley, Barbara Wolff, Kim York, Marcy Zeltzer and Lily Zilo. And we must not forget the volunteers, a special group of individuals who provided invaluable assistance by keeping on-site operations running smoothly throughout the evening’s festivities.

 

Of course, the Challenge would not be possible without the generous horse owners. Heartfelt thanks to Lövsta Stuteri, Richard Freeman, Hampton Green Farm, Sarah Roda, Elena Schiefele, M. S. Westerdijk, J. Van Grunsven, Family van den Broek, W. Zwart-van den Berg, T. Reuzenaar, Scott Redones, Gay Scarpa, Meg Stevens, Marco Bernal, Bridget Hay, Virginia Yarur Ready, Ellen Reede, Johnny Robb, Melissa Mulchahey, Pam Goodrich, Diane Perry, Darrin Lawrence, Sallie Spenard, Betsy Van Dyke, Kate Sanders, Andrea Woodner, Sherry Koella, Ute Busse, Tina and Jaimey Irwin, Erika Murphy,  Evi Strasser, Diana Belevsky, Sarah Stanuschewski and Patricia Douglas.

 

And how about those riders! These accomplished athletes gave their all. For more than two months, each team of riders met every week without fail to practice their routines. Together with the talented choreographers and coaches, they developed, planned and perfected their fabulous performances and made March 9 an evening to remember.

 

Representing Holland, 7-year-old Naita van der Velden rode her beautiful pony with her Ponies for Pink tribute to music created by Ruth Hogan Poulsen. The world-renowned Swedish rider, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, opened the evening with her beautiful freestyle and Catherine Haddad Staller and Heather Blitz brought the crowd to tears with their emotional pas de deux exhibition. Discover Dressage took elegance to a new level with their four-horse PRE quadrille with riders Kerrigan Gluch, Sarah Roda, Elena Schiefele and Sophia Schults.

 

How can we say enough about Team Holland who joined us from afar via video? These riders jumped on board right away when asked if they would support the fight against breast cancer and ride for the cure. With a beautiful performance choreographed by Elizabeth Zimski, we say thank you to Michelle Westerdijk, Maria Anna Digman, Sylvia van den Broek, Walda Zwart, Miranda Hoezen and Renee Zoomers. Four of the riders even traveled from Holland to Wellington to join in the festivities. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

 

Team MatchNRide started off the Team Quadrille Competition and rocked the house with choreography by Evi Pracht and music by Karen Robinson. Thank you to riders Jaimey Irwin, Tina Irwin, Evi Strasser, Tanya Strasser, Patrick Battison and Harper Mackenzie. We loved those pink horse boots!

 

Team Back on Track danced to the music of Beauty and the Beast, choreographed by Tigger Montague, while clad in costumes of all our favorite characters. Thank you Sallie Spenard, Betsy Van Dyke, Nicole Levy, Allison Kavey, Jim Koford (the Beast!) and Noel Williams.

 

Team Purina amazed us with a trip to the circus with choreography by Terry Ciotti Gallo and coached by Bill Warren. Kudos to the costume designs. This is a first for everyone to see a lion dancing with a zebra! Thank you Kim Herslow, George Williams, Pamela Goodrich, Kasey Perry-Glass, Charlotte Bredahl and Betsy Steiner.

 

Team Winged Foot capped off the competition with an amazingly elegant quadrille choreographed by Ruth Hogan-Poulsen. With matching pink neck sashes, ear bonnets and leg wraps on the horses, these riders finished off the evening’s competition in style. Thank you Raúl Corchuelo, Ilse Schwarz, Susanne Hamilton, Marco Bernal, Bridget Hay and Yvonne Losos de Muñiz.

 

Thank you to the Quadrille Competition Judges panel of Anne Gribbons, Lee Tubman and Lisa Schmidt. They awarded Team MatchNRide the BioStar High Point Award and Championship Title to the 2018 Challenge of the Americas.

 

Viewers from around the world followed the competition on Chronicle TV and were able to add their own marks via the Spectator Judging app. Thank you to Blackhorse-one.com in Germany for an app that let audiences worldwide participate in the Challenge with their personal judging scores. When the scores were tallied, Team Winged Foot won the Popular Vote via the Spectator Judging App!

 

As we bask in the glow of this 2018 Challenge of the Americas, we are already planning to continue the fight for a cure for breast cancer in 2019. Can’t wait to see you all there!

 

Mary Ross

President

M. Ross Consulting

mary@mrossconsultinginc.com

The Challenge of the Americas, known throughout the equestrian world for its spectacular Grand Prix Musical Quadrilles continued its fight against breast cancer March 9, 2018 at the Global Dressage Festival Showgrounds in Wellington, FL. This one-of-a-kind affair showcased the Olympic sport of Dressage and includes the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors from the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

 

There are few, if any, places throughout the world where an audience can delight in the performances of such a large and distinguished group of riders and their magnificent partners. After the competition, V.I.P guests celebrated at the Challenge Gala! A truly spectacular event enjoyed by all!

 

Be sure to mark your calendars for March 2019 and once again plan to join the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Play for P.I.N.K. as international riders perform to world-class music and choreography in their efforts to find a cure in our lifetime.

Show your support by joining COTA’s Partners for Pink, a dedicated society of individuals and business owners banding together in the fight against breast cancer.  Click Here for Partners for Pink details. There are many ways for you to support the Challenge of the Americas and make a difference to breast cancer research. Click on the button below to download a PDF describing how you can become a Presenting Sponsor, a Team Sponsor or a Gala Sponsor. We need your help to make this the BEST Challenge ever! 

About the Challenge Of The Americas

 

The Challenge of the Americas, having evolved over the past 15 years from an afternoon dressage exhibition/luncheon in 2002, has grown into an under-the-lights international equestrian extravaganza and gala. Its success and continued growth is due to its partnership in the fight against breast cancer, as well as its unique and highly entertaining format that features the ever-popular musical Grand Prix Quadrille Team Challenge - forever to be recognized as “dancing for women and men around the world.”

The Challenge Beneficiary

 

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This past October, BCRF awarded $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.—the only one with an “A+” from CharityWatch and Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Visit www.bcrfcure.org to learn more.

 

 

 

Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge), or PFP, is a 501 (c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research through sporting and lifestyle events.  PFP’s commitment is to contribute 100% of all proceeds to its sole beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), to fund the world’s top researchers. PFP donated $4.6 million to BCRF in 2017 and is currently supporting 20 research projects.  Since 1996, PFP has raised over $52 million for breast cancer research. Visit www.playforpink.org to learn more.

 

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The Challenge Gala

The Challenge Gala, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, gets underway immediately following the “The Challenge of the Americas” competition. An awards presentation is featured and guests have the chance to meet and socialize with riders and judges.

 

For 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mary Ross at (561) 251-7945.

Contact the Challenge

Program Coordinator

MARY ROSS

M.Rosss Consulting, Inc.

8067 Montserrat Place

Wellington, FL 33414

(561) 251-7945

Email: mary@mrossconsultinginc.com

COTA Sponsors

COTA Partners for Pink

COTA Fast Facts

 

When:

Friday, March 9, 2018

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

 

Where:

Global Dressage Festival

13500 Southshore Blvd

Wellington, Florida 33414

 

Beneficiaries:

Play for PINK:

playforpink.org

facebook.com/playforpink

 

Breast Cancer Research Foundation:

bcrf.org

facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation

 

Ticket and Sponsorship Information:

Mary Ross

M. Ross Consulting Inc

mary@mrossconsultinginc.com

 

 

GENERAL ADMISSIONGeneral admission tickets are $20.00 per person and available at the gate the night of the event.

 

News and Information:

Sue Weakley

dressagedetails.com

dressagedetails@gmail.com

 

© 2018 M. Ross Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

No part of this site may be copied, downloaded or reproduced in any form without permission from M. Ross Consulting, Inc.

Challenge of the Americas

The Challenge Beneficiary

 

COTA Fast Facts

 

When:

Friday, March 9, 2018

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

 

Where:

Global Dressage Festival

13500 Southshore Blvd

Wellington, Florida 33414

 

Beneficiaries:

Play for PINK:

playforpink.org

facebook.com/playforpink

 

Breast Cancer Research Foundation:

bcrf.org

facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation

 

Ticket and Sponsorship Information:

Mary Ross

M. Ross Consulting Inc

mary@mrossconsultinginc.com

 

 

GENERAL ADMISSIONGeneral admission tickets are $20.00 per person and available at the gate the night of the event.

 

News and Information:

Sue Weakley

dressagedetails.com

dressagedetails@gmail.com

 

© 2018 M. Ross Consulting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

No part of this site may be copied, downloaded or reproduced in any form without permission from M. Ross Consulting, Inc.

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