Come Prepared to Ride at the Fete Cheval to benefit The EQUUS Foundation

WELLINGTON, FL - March 7, 2011 - It's a sell out for dinner, but performance seating is still available for the Fete Cheval to benefit The EQUUS Foundation and presented by Foundation Farm, which will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. Performance seats are $100 per person and include an open bar and great entertainment!

One lucky winner of the Fete Cheval Rider Raffle will have the opportunity to ride with professional riders, Max Amaya, Pablo Barrios, Derek Braun, Molly Ashe Cawley, Nick Dellojoio, Mario Deslauriers, Hillary Dobbs, Sandy Ferrell, Brianne Goutal, Patricia Griffith, Charlie Jayne, Darragh Kenny, Laura Kraut, Kate Oliver, Rodrigo Pessoa, Kim Prince, Havens Schatt, Louise Serio, Shane Sweetnam, Jimmy Torano and McLain Ward. Raffle tickets at $100 per ticket will be on sale at the event. The winner must be a guest at the event, and wear appropriate riding attire for the games, including a riding helmet.

The International Club will be closed for the evening to focus all the festivities in the Special Events Tent, where, prior to the games, a cocktail reception, auction, and dinner will be held starting at 6:00 p.m.

Auction and Gift Sponsors include Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Abbatiello, Adequan, Beval Saddlery Ltd., Biba N.Y., Bobbie Braun, Companion Dogs & Philip Levine, Devoucoux, Equalign, Equifit, inc., Equine Artistry by Barbara, Georgetown Stable Outfitters, Hampton Classic Horse Show, Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, Hunt Ltd., Parlanti, pucciManuli, Skid Row LLC by Skiffington & Widrow, Taylor Made Cafe, Turner & Co., and Windsor Manor.

Bring your cell phone! The highlight of the evening will be the gymkhana games, including favorites, Musical Stalls, Sit a Buck, and a Team Relay Race, concluding with the Final Ride-Off with the riders winning the games – judged by Ralph Caristo, Leo Conroy, and a guest judge from the audience. The audience will select a wild card to ride in the final Ride-Off using mobile texting.

"We are deeply grateful to Equestrian Sport Productions and our Fete Cheval sponsors for making this event possible", said Co-Chairs Elizabeth Press, Clea Newman Soderlund, and Visse Wedell. Sponsors of the Fete Cheval presented by Foundation Farm, include Official Vehicle Sponsor, Buick & GMC; Gold Medal Sponsors, Artisan Farms & the Ziegler Family, Flavia Callari, Equestrian Sport Productions, Mr. & Mrs. John Ingram, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Press, Juliet & Sam Reid and Clea & Kurt Soderlund; Silver Medal Sponsors, Beth Congel & Doug Ulrich and Sheila & Eric Goetzmann, Equifit, inc., and Jenny Belknap Kees & Timmy Kees; and Bronze Medal Sponsors, Patricia Adikes-Hill & Rosalind Schaefer, Bobbie & Derek Braun & Split Rock Farm, Jane Forbes Clark, Gregory W. Gingery, The Gochman Family, Hi Hopes Farm & the Oken Family, Louisburg Farm, The Maounis Family, Elizabeth Monaco & Neil M. McCarthy, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Strauss, and the Toffolon, Keenan & Caccamise Families.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at telephone (203) 259-1550, email to

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Rodrigo Pessoa at the 2010 Fete Cheval to benefit The EQUUS Foundation. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.

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