$500 Prize Up for Grabs Tonight at The Grille as Auditions Begin for American Equestrians Got Talent

Katherine Bateson-Chandler shows off her dancing skills at the 2014 Prancing with the Stars fundraiser in Wellington
Katherine Bateson-Chandler shows off her dancing skills at the 2014 Prancing with the Stars fundraiser in Wellington

Wellington, FL - Auditions for American Equestrians Got Talent, the new competition making its debut in Wellington this winter season, kick off tonight, Jan. 7, at The Grille Fashion Cuisine. The first round of auditions runs from from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Members of the equestrian community involved in any discipline, from dressage and hunter/jumpers to polo and Western, are welcome to sign up for an audition and show off their non-horsey talent. A pair of celebrity judges will be on hand to critique the performances, and the audience's applause will determine who moves forward to the March 15 season finale and who goes back to the barn.
 
American Equestrians Got Talent is the third annual East Coast fundraiser to benefit USEF High Performance Dressage programs through the USET Foundation. The March 15 finale will be held at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds and feature the most popular contestants from the auditions. They will square off for the title of America's Most Talented Equestrian and the grand prize, valued at no less than $5,000.
 
As an added bonus each Wednesday evening, a prize of $500 sponsored by PSdressage.com will be awarded to the top performer. Contact Robert Dover (Rdover2@aol.com) to sign up for auditions.

Spectators are welcome to watch the auditions and cheer on their favorites. The Grille is donating 15 percent of proceeds from the bar and all tips from the outdoor bar as well as $10 per meal that guests order ahead from a special menu.
 
Sponsors, led by Kim and Fred Boyer, Equestrian Sport Productions, Tuny and David Page, and PSdressage.com, are already coming forward to support this exciting event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Sara Ike (908-234-1251 or sara.ike@uset.org) or Robert Dover (Rdover2@aol.com).

The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington. (Photo by Steven Michael King)
The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington. (Photo by Steven Michael King)

American Equestrians Got Talent Fast Facts
Spearheaded by U.S. Dressage Team Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover, American Equestrians Got Talent is the third annual East Coast fundraiser to benefit USEF High Performance Dressage programs through the USET Foundation.
 
Contestants audition to earn their place in the season finale. A pair of celebrity judges will be on hand at each audition to critique the performances, and the audience's applause will determine who moves forward to the finale and who goes back to the barn.
 
Auditions
When: Every Wednesday evening from Jan. 7 through March 4, 2015
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Grille Fashion Cuisine, 12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, Florida
Prize: PSdressage.com is sponsoring prizes of $500 to be awarded to the top performer at each audition
Participants: Auditions are open to the entire equestrian community, including riders, grooms and others involved in any discipline from dressage and hunter/jumpers to polo and Western. Please sign up in advance by contacting Robert Dover (Rdover2@aol.com). Walk-ins accepted if space is available.
 
Season Finale 
When: March 15, 2015
Where: The Stadium at PBIEC (Global Dressage Festival show grounds), 13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, Florida
Prize: The winner, who will be named America's Most Talented Equestrian, will receive a grand prize valued at no less than $5,000
Sponsorship: Sara Ike (908-234-1251 or sara.ike@uset.org) or Robert Dover (Rdover2@aol.com)
 
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
 
The USET Foundation has been awarded Charity Navigator's highest honor, a Four Star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.




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