Dressage Under The Stars will merge Grand Prix dressage horses and riders, theatrical costumed musical freestyles, a fine dining experience with the former chef of Buckingham Palace, and fundraising for cancer all in one evening in Wellington, Florida. The event is returning for one night only after a three-year hiatus on February 1 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club.
The Dressage Under the Stars Cancer Challenge presented by Invictus Farm is hosted by Partners For A Cure, a non-profit organization that gives to families in need because of cancer. All proceeds from the event will be donated to cancer-related charities for research, and each rider select the charity of their choice to donate to.
“This event is great for the horses to gain experience, the crowd always has a blast, and it’s for a cause that is so important,” said Jim Koford, who will be riding to fundraise for cervical cancer. His late groom, Crystal Lee, lost her fight with the disease one year ago. “I have other clients dealing with this terrible disease now too. It’s so ubiquitous. Anything we can all do as a community is crucial.”
Jim Koford, Dr. Kristy Lund, Kim Herslow, Susanne Hamilton, Rebecca Cowden and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz are the riders confirmed to participate at the event. Each rider has selected a charity, and the rides will be judged and awarded placings. The highest placing rider’s charity will receive the largest percentage of the proceeds, and this allows for funding and publicity to go towards lesser-known charities and forms of cancer.
“Plans are for this to be one of Wellington’s most celebrated dressage cancer fundraising events,” said Mary Lou Moskal, founder of Partners For a Cure and chairwoman of the Dressage Under the Stars Cancer Challenge.
Even the dining experience will be star-studded, with Chef Mathew Allen, who cooked for the Queen of England in Buckingham Palace before he arrived in the states. He and his wife Sheila Motley, who run The Patio at Polo, will be catering the event. The wine pairings for will be provided by David Page, wine connoisseur and husband of international dressage rider Tuny Page.
“We were honored to be selected to work with the amazing team who is putting this on,” said Sheila. “We’re looking forward to presenting a four-course dinner for the tables that incorporate all of the local and seasonal products in our area. We will be giving each guest something representative of the area, but with a few surprises.”
This fabulous event is made possible by Invictus Farm, Color Tack, Equiline, Jump Big and Land Rover. Tickets are on sale now for the event which will run from 7 – 10 p.m. on February 1 at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington. Check out the Dressage Under the Stars webpage and Facebook page for details, or purchase tickets online.