American Equestrians Got Talent has its fifth audition of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine and it is open to the public! Plan to arrive around 6:30 p.m. to ensure efficient food service before the show begins.
American Equestrians Got Talent is excited to announce this week's judges:
- Carl Hester, Olympic dressage gold medalist and trainer of Charlotte Dujardin
- Alfre Woodard, TV and movie actress who has many Primetime Emmy Awards
- Tim and Susie Dutta: Tim is the founder and chairman of the Dutta Corp as well as dedicated supporter of equestrian sports, while Susie is an international Grand Prix dressage rider.
Congratulations to Week 4 Winner David Willis!:
"I've been singing since I was a little kid in church where my mom was a minister for years and my dad was a deacon," David Willis said. "Sometime after high school I started taking it more seriously and playing some acoustic gigs. I've been on American Idol three times. I made it to the top 20 guys category on season 12. It was a crazy experience!"
David is from Mount Dora, Florida and sang an original song and Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come' to win the Week 4 Auditions. He is a dressage student of Suzanne Caroll.
"I started helping her with recording the horses so she's been teaching me a little about the sport," David said. "I love this community of people. I don't know a ton about it yet but I'm learning."
Are you interested in voting for David Willis? 25% of the Finale Scoring for each contestant consists of fundraising by tax-deductible donations to the USET Foundation. The total money raised as well as unique votes count towards a contestant's final score.
If you want to donate to support David's score for the Finale, text his keyword AEGT7 to the number 71777. You will receive a link which will allow you to put in a credit card number to donate funds in any amount.
Each week's audition and the Finale will be live streamed on The Chronicle of the Horse, which is brought to you by Equestrian Sports Productions, LLC.
Gardy Bloemers, the Week 5 AEGT Sponsor is a competitive dressage rider and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Bloemers was born in Holland and has held executive positions in wealth management, venture capital and reinsurance all over the world. She currently divides her time between Wellington, Florida, and Charlottesville, Virginia - working full time and riding competitively in both locations. Bloemers is an active advocate and sponsor of the sport of dressage, passionate land conservationist and philanthropist. Gardy serves on numerous boards in Virginia and is on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation.