Challenge of the Americas

March 8th, 2019

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

Congratulations to Canadian Team MatchNRide, the overall winners of the 2018 Challenge of the Americas!

Jaimey Irwin, riding Stiletto, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Ute Busse

Tina Irwin, riding Laurencio, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Tina and Jaimey Irwin

Evi Strasser, riding Déjà Vu Tyme, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Erika Murphy and Evi Strasser

Tanya Strasser, riding Action Tyme, an 18-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Evi Strasser

Patrick Battison, riding Rigo, a 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Diana Belevsky

Harper Mackenzie, riding Westeros, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Patricia Douglas

Evi Pracht, Team MATCHNRIDE Choreographer and Coach

About the Challenge of the Americas

The Challenge of the Americas, having evolved over the past 15 years from an afternoon dressage exhibition and 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.”

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. Then, enjoy an elegant evening of dinner and dancing at the Challenge Gala!

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.

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. In October 2018, BCRF will award $63 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. Visit 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 19 research projects.  Since 1996, PFP has raised over $52 million for breast cancer research. Visit to learn more.

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Challenge Cancer. Support the Fight!

March 8th, 2019

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.


There are many ways for you to support the Challenge of the Americas and make a difference to breast cancer research. Contact the Challenge to learn 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!

Program Coordinator
M. Ross Consulting, Inc.

The Challenge Gala

March 8th, 2019

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.