The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) is back after a year’s hiatus and we’re busting down borders! Not only is COTA returning to help find a cure for breast cancer, it’s so big, it’s going global.
COTA’s signature six-rider Grand Prix Quadrille Team Challenge will be held live on March 9 at the world-renowned Global Dressage Festival (GDF) show grounds in Wellington, Florida, and for the first time, it’s also being live-streamed via the Chronicle TV. To add more excitement, the competition will break down borders when one of the teams competes via video from Holland.
Six Dutch Grand Prix riders are thrilled to join in the first Challenge of the Americas international event to help find an end to breast cancer. Their freestyle will be prerecorded and they’ll join Wellington-based Team Back on Track, Team Canada, Team Purina, and Team Winged Foot via the big screen in the GDF International Arena.
Another global touch will showcase the beauty and elegance of the PRE horse as riders from Hampton Green Farm kick off the evening with a musical freestyle quadrille.
“It’s time we went global,” said COTA founder Mary Ross. “Breast cancer knows no boundaries and to help end breast cancer, we need to raise more donations ear-marked for breast cancer research. The best way for us to do this is to reach out to equestrians in other locations for their support.”
Funds from ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.
“We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Challenge of the Americas and indebted to everyone involved in wanting to see the end of breast cancer,” said Stephanie Hamburger, Executive Director of Play for P.I.N.K., a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). “The Challenge of the Americas’ support is critical to the research-funding capability of BCRF. The money raised will impact the lives of countless individuals and families affected by the disease.”
Join us Friday, March 9 to see the Challenge of the Americas at the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds and help us put an end to breast cancer.