Challenge of the Americas

Wellington, Florida

February 23, 2018

 

Discover Dressage Joins COTA to Advance Dressage while Fighting Breast Cancer

 


The Discover Dressage quadrille team at the USPRE event. Photo by Lily Forado.

 

When Challenge of the Americas (COTA) organizer Mary Ross approached Kim Van Kampen, the founder of Discover Dressage, to join in COTA's fight against breast cancer, Van Kampen thought it was a great idea.

 

The March 9 Challenge of the Americas features teams of top international dressage riders competing in Grand Prix freestyle quadrilles to benefit breast cancer research, and Discover Dressage is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire American youth to discover the sport of dressage and support healthy competition.

 

 

"When Mary talked to me about ideas for the Challenge, I told her I had a quadrille ready to go," said Van Kampen, owner of Hampton Green Farm, known for the breeding and promotion of the PRE horse. "For USPRE week, held recently in Wellington, Florida, the girls put together a quadrille on four great geldings and had a lot of fun. I thought adding them to the exhibition line-up before the competition would be an excellent way to support the Challenge. Our all-female musical quadrille made up of talented young women will help create awareness among young people about breast cancer."

 


Team members include Kerrigan Gluch, Sarah Roda, Elena Schiefele and Sophia Schults. Photo by Lily Forado

 

The team of Kerrigan Gluch, Sarah Roda, Elena Schiefele and Sophia Schults will ride their own PRE horses or those owned by Hampton Green Farm. They are coached by Maria Lithander.

 

"It's very different to ride as a team and it presents unique challenges, but it's also really fun and rewarding," Elena Schiefele said. "Since one in eight women develops breast cancer, I think breast cancer research is important not only to those whose lives will be saved, but also to their families and everyone else affected by it."

 

Team member Sophia Schults agreed. "Having the opportunity to participate in such an amazing event is unreal and being able to help support such a great cause is a huge honor. The support that both the sport of dressage as well as breast cancer research gains from this event makes a huge difference and I feel very lucky to be a part of both causes."

 

Rider Kerrigan Gluch said they had fun creating an entertaining routine and she's excited to perform it for a worthy cause. "This is my first time being involved with something like the Challenge, so I am very eager to see how it goes. This sport is mostly geared towards competition, so I think it's great to associate it with breast cancer research. I think good riding, entertaining music, great people - all for a good cause, makes for an awesome night."

 

COTA 2018 Sponsors

COTA 2018 Partners for Pink

COTA Fast Facts

 

When:

March 2019

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

 

News and Information:

Sue Weakley

dressagedetails.com

dressagedetails@gmail.com

 

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