One Lucky Raffle Winner to Ride with the Professionals at the Fete Cheval

WELLINGTON, FL - February 27, 2011 - The lucky winner of the Fete Cheval Rider Raffle will ride with some of the world's best hunter and jumper riders in gymkhana games at the Fete Cheval presented by Foundation Farm in the Grand Prix Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

The International Club will be closed on the evening of Friday, March 11, 2011, to focus all the festivities in the Special Events Tent, where, prior to the games, a cocktail reception, auction, and dinner to benefit The EQUUS Foundation will be held starting at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Individual seats are available at $150 per person. Tables of eight for the Fete Cheval are available as follows: Gold Medal Front Row Center $5,000; Silver Medal Front Row $3,200; and Bronze Medal Second Row $2,400. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

"We are especially grateful to our event committee for their support of The EQUUS Foundation, including Alexandra Cherubini & Camilo Alvarez, Beth Congel, Gregory W. Gingery, Becky & David Gochman, Sheila Goetzmann, Stephanie & John Ingram, Celene & Marc Oken, Juliet & Sam Reid, Katie & Jim Robinson and Carlene & Andrew Ziegler", said Lynn Coakley, President of The EQUUS Foundation.

"We are thrilled to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity for one lucky equestrian to ride with Max Amaya, Pablo Barrios, John Brennan, Molly Ashe Cawley, Nick Dellojoio, Mario Deslauriers, Hillary Dobbs, Kent Farrington, Sandy Ferrell, Brianne Goutal, Patricia Griffith, Charlie Jayne, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, Kate Oliver, Rodrigo Pessoa, Peter Pletcher, Kim Prince, Havens Schatt, Louise Serio, Ken Smith, Shane Sweetnam, Jimmy Torano and McLain Ward", said Co-Chairs Elizabeth Press, Clea Newman Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.

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.

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It's harder than it looks. Patricia Griffith performing "Round The World" at the 2010 Fete Cheval. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.

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