Wellington, FL - February 26, 2015 - ShowChic is excited to be supporting the Challenge of the Americas (COTA), presented by Deloitte, again in 2015. The upscale dressage fashion boutique in Wellington, Florida, is returning for the second year as a quadrille team sponsor.
COTA, a social highlight of the winter season in Wellington, brings together elite international dressage and show jumping riders for a competition that assists The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through their partner Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge). The event, held this year on March 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, provides much-needed funding for lifesaving research.
Michele Hundt, owner of ShowChic, feels COTA presents a perfect opportunity to do their part to make a difference.
"It's really important that we support our community," Hundt said. "We've had so many equestrians faced with these challenges, and it's a really fun and exciting way to support a valuable cause."
ShowChic's quadrille team is one of three lined up for this year's event, each joined by show jumpers who compete to earn additional points. Top-notch choreographers and coaches work with world-class dressage riders to create and fine-tune intricate quadrilles. Practices are underway, and each team is working hard to pull off challenging moves and outdo the others.
Dressage riders Mary-Cameron Rollins, Annie Peavy, Hannah Michaels, Klendy Muller, Jessica Rhinelander, Ariana Chia and Alexandra Duncan have been working to prepare their routine, and six of these riders will comprise ShowChic's team for the Challenge. Erin Swaney of Erin Swaney Dressage is the coach and choreographer, and Karen Robinson of Applause Dressage is arranging the music.
ShowChic has supported COTA for several years and stepped up into a team sponsorship role in 2014. Hundt said she has really enjoyed ramping up her involvement in the event and seeing competitors and their horses dancing on the field under ShowChic's name.
"Sponsoring a team is awesome! I would recommend it to everybody," Hundt said. "It's so exciting and so fun; it's like being at a sports event where you have a stake in the outcome. You have somebody out there that represents you, and it's just a lot of fun getting ready for it. The team spirit building up to the event makes it really special."
Hundt describes ShowChic as a dressage boutique for the discriminating rider. "We carry the best of the best, and anything that doesn't fit as well or turns out to not be manufactured as well as promised, we simply don't carry," Hundt explained. "We try to stay on the cutting edge of what's new in fashion and high-tech fabrics. We really work hard for our clients, and our customer service is really the key. It's a real labor of love."
The 2015 Challenge of the Americas, presented by Deloitte, is a spectacular event in which teams of high-performance dressage riders compete in intricate quadrilles set to world-class music and choreography. For the 2015 edition, teams will also include elite show jumpers competing to rack up more points for their teams.
This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair. Competing riders include the "Who's Who" of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. The 2015 Challenge of the Americas will once again raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer by benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K.
Fri., March 20, 2015
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
6:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies
6:10 p.m. Challenge of the Americas Competition
7:30 p.m. Award Presentation
7:45 p.m. The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing
International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414