Ninth Annual Challenge of the Americas Returns to Wellington

Wellington, FL - The Ninth Annual Challenge of the Americas competition and gala is set to take place on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL.  Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the 2010 Challenge of the Americas (COTA) will be presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) and  The evening will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

An equestrian evening featuring musical team quadrilles performed by the "who's who" of top riders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe, COTA will be an exciting evening to benefit an excellent cause. In addition to the team quadrille dressage challenge, the evening's events will feature a special polo sweepstakes and a four-bar show jumping challenge. COTA chairmen Mary Ross and Tamara Gerber have big plans for this year's event and suggest performances that will be bigger and better than ever.

The 2010 Challenge of the Americas will once again be showcased on Stanford Field, the main polo field at IPC. Overlooking the field, the venue features VIP Box Seats for Challenge Gala Table Holders and special Tier Seating for General Admission Ticket Holders. All seats have a panoramic view of Stanford Field where the spectacular equestrian talent will be showcased under lights at their entertaining best.

The Challenge of the Americas has evolved over the past six years; beginning in 2002 as an afternoon dressage exhibition/luncheon and growing to an under-the-lights international team challenge and Gala by 2005. Its success and continued growth throughout the equestrian community is due to its partnership in the fight against breast cancer, as well as to its unique and highly entertaining format.

"This year's challenge is going to be very exciting and we cannot wait to share all of the new performances and surprises," said Mary Ross, Challenge of the Americas Founder and Chairman. "Each year the challenge and gala bring in more people and more excitement, and it is so important that we acknowledge and help in the fight against breast cancer.  This is a disease that affects so many lives, and so I am so proud of the impact we are able to have as we raise money for the Foundation."

Following The Challenge of the Americas will be an elegant evening of dinner and dancing at the Challenge Gala. The Challenge Gala, always a sell-out, will once again be held in IPC's spacious and decorative catering tent off Stanford Field. An awards presentation will be featured and guests will have the chance to meet and socialize with riders and judges.

Sponsors include: The International Polo Club Palm Beach;; SSG Gloves - Team Canada; Purina Mills - Team USA; The Seley Parker Group of Merrill Lynch- Team International; USDF; Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance; Red Barn Feed & Supply; Hampton Green Farm; Palm Beach Equine Clinic; Neiman Marcus; Wellington Classic Dressage; and ViaGen, Inc.

VIP Challenge Gala Tickets are available for $250 per person and general admission tickets will be $20 at the gate.  Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, please visit the Challenge of the Americas website,, or contact Mary Ross at 561.852.2591.

Photo Credit: The Ninth Annual Challenge of the Americas competition will be held March 13 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Photo by Susan J. Stickle.