Chris Von Martels Wins Dressage Under The Stars Week 1

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For the third year in a row, Dressage Under the Stars held patio-side at The Players Club Bar & Grille, is the place to be on Wednesday nights in Wellington. This year will bring another eight weeks of exciting rider and horse combinations competing for weekly prizes and an opportunity for riders to return the final week to perform in the grand finale. Attendees were again guaranteed an enchanting night of FEI level musical freestyles, fine dining, cocktails, and new this year a VIP champagne tent. Chris Von Martels stole the kicking off show with his winning performance on Don Darveen, a warmblood gelding by Donnerhall. Von Martels performed to music that included the Black Eyed Peas for a fun hip-hop combination musical freestyle. Don Darveen's owner, Regina Sacha-Ujczo, drove all the way from Orlando to come see her horse perform. Von Martels' prizes included a custom Quantum Saddle, presented by Quantum Limited's North American Representative, Ted Rekal-Nuttall, 500 dollars cash and VIP passes to the table service sponsorship tent.

The judges this week included 16 New York Times Best Seller and the 2010 Dressage Under the Stars $10,000 Grand Finale winner, Tami Hoag, along with successful dressage trainers and riders Carole Grant and Jane Savoie. This week's celebrity guest was Art Design Photographer, David Charlowe.
"This is a very fun event," said Tami Hoag. "The crowd will certainly get bigger and rowdier each week as the competition goes on."

Dressage Under the Stars will continue this week on Wednesday February 9th and the finale, featuring each Dressage Under the Stars previous weeks winner, will be on March 23rd. For participation information please contact Rick Rockefeller Silvia at and for reservations contact the Players Club Bar & Grille at 561-795-0080.