Four-Bar Show Jumping Competition Opens 2010 Challenge of the Americas

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wellington, FL - The Ninth Annual Challenge of the Americas is excited to announce another brand new addition to its performance lineup - a fantastic four-bar show jumping competition. Held in Wellington, FL, on Saturday, March 13, 2010, the evening will get underway at 5:30 p.m. with the show jumping, and will also feature musical grand prix team quadrilles, and a figure skating dressage exhibition.  The event is presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) and will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The exciting four-bar competition will feature four top horses and junior riders competing over a series of jumps, each set progressively higher, with every obstacle one or two strides apart. As the horses and riders jump each round, the fences will increase in height, becoming more difficult to clear. The riders will exhibit the excitement and power of show jumping as they navigate the fences right in front of the IPC grand stand on Piaget field.

The four-bar competition will be managed by course designer Bobby Murphy and will feature jumps that have been generously donated by Wrenwood Farms from their spectacular International Hunter Derby, which was held in Naples, FL, in 2008.

Ashland Farm's trainers, Ken and Emily Smith, graciously put together the horses and riders for this year's four-bar competition and are excited to be involved in an event that benefits such an excellent cause.  The competitors will include their son Spencer Smith, Leah DeMartini, Alyssa Mansfield, and Christina Kelly.

Seventeen-year-old Leah DeMartini is from Bronxeville, NY, and rides with trainer Susie Humes, but keeps her horses at Ashland Farms during the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit.  DeMartini heard about the Challenge through the Smiths and thought that it would be a really fun, exciting thing to get involved in. DeMartini will be jumping her horse Komanche, who she has owned for almost a year.  Komanche and DeMartini compete in the Low Junior Jumper division together and have done very well competing throughout the country.

"This will be my first time riding in a four-bar competition for a benefit, and I am definitely excited," DeMartini stated. "I think it will be really fun to show at the polo club under the lights.  Komanche can jump pretty high and he is very fun and brave, so I am really looking forward to it."

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 of Piaget Field. VIP COTA/Gala Tickets are available for $250 per person.  General admission Challenge tickets can be purchased for $20 at the gate,    $15 pre-purchase at the Palms West Chamber of Commerce.   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.


EVENT: The Ninth Annual Challenge of the Americas Competition and Gala

WHAT: A Grand Prix international musical freestyle and team quadrille dressage challenge featuring a special polo sweepstakes, dressage and ice dancing adagio, and four-bar show jumping exhibition. The Challenge Gala, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, will get underway immediately following the "The Challenge of the Americas" competition. An awards presentation will be featured and guests will have the chance to meet and socialize with riders and judges.

WHERE: The International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414

WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 2010

SPONSORS: 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; Platinum Seamless; Back on Track; Red Barn Feed & Supply; Palm Beach Equine Clinic; Neiman Marcus; Wellington Classic Dressage; ViaGen, Inc; Dover Saddlery; Ecogold; The Tackeria and Incredible Ice.

HONORARY MEDIA MEMBERS: "The Mo and Sally Morning Show" on KOOL 105.5; Roxanne Stein from WPTV News Channel 5

Challenge of the Americas benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

ADMISSION: VIP COTA/Gala Tickets are available for $250 per person and general admission Challenge tickets will be $20 at the gate, $15 pre-purchase at the Palms West Chamber of Commerce. Children under 12 are admitted free.

CONTACT: To make reservations for the Challenge Gala & VIP Box Seating, contact Mary Ross at 561-852-2591.

Photo Credit: Seventeen-year-old Leah DeMartini will be one of the junior riders competing in the Challenge of the Americas Four-Bar Competition. Photo © 2010 Jessica Nemzoff/PMG.