Help Send US Dressage Athletes to Europe - Friday Evening USET Benefit Fundraiser

Monday, April 15, 2013
Posted by Betsy LaBelle for DressageDaily


Incredible prizes are up for grabs at the "Solid Gold!" USET Foundation benefit dinner and live auction, hosted in the Global Pavilion at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 6:30 pm. Bidders can vie for the trip of a lifetime to the exclusive Monwana Resort in South Africa in addition or bid for "A Day with a Team Rider" as well as a seat next to one of the judges at the following day's competition. The benefit is held during the Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO/CDI 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The "Solid Gold!" benefit dinner and live auction will raise money toward funding the U.S. Dressage Team in their 2013 European tours. The tours allow the team to prepare for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.Also up for grabs is the chance to win "A Day with a Team Rider," which allows the winner to spend a day with one of the Team's top riders. How the winner spends the day is entirely up to them. Take a clinic, go out to dinner, or go for a relaxing trail ride to pick the brain and enjoy the company of one of our nation's best equestrians. Look forward to a day with one of these great riders: Catherine Haddad-Staller, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Todd Flettrich, Shelly Francis, Michelle Gibson, Debbie McDonald, Michael Barisone, Chris Hickey and/or Robert Dover. 

Anyone may bid via text with credit card to Annie Cizadlo 218-349-3452 or Robert Dover 561-758-6186 before or during the event for the auction items.  GET YOUR BIDS IN!

The Three great auction items:  

The first item is a trip for two to South Africa for four days and four nights at the amazing Monwana Resort (Monwana.com). Day and night safaris and fabulous food along with exquisite suite overlooking the watering place for herds of wild animals awaits the highest bidder for this once in a lifetime vacation! Donated by Eliana Cordia and Catherine Haddad-Staller

The second item is a two day and two night stay for two couples at the gorgeous Meadowood Resort in the heart of California wine country, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harlan, owners of the famous Harlan Wines. The lucky couples will experience luxurious lodgings as well as a complete tour of the facilities and of course, wine tastings! That's the life! 

The third auction item is a very special dinner for you and seven of your favorite friends at the home of Tim and Suzie Dutta. Savor tastes from India, prepared by the host himself. And if that were not enough, Dave and Tuny Page will be there along with some of the finest wines and ports from around the world! Wine and dine along with international riders, our hosts, and your friends in this beautiful Palm Beach Polo home! 

The final auction item: “Sit With A Judge during the Nations Cup” are: Maribel Alonso (MEX/5*), Peter Holler (GER/5*), Anne Gribbons (USA/5*), Linda Zang (USA/5*), Jayne Ayers (USA/4*), and Joan Macartney (CAN/4*).

Please text your bids in advance or during the event to 561-758-6186. 

The evening features a Pas de Deux Freestyle created by Marlene Whitaker of Columbus, North Carolina as a contribution to the benefit will be center stage performed by Americans Olympian Robert Dover riding Talent, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding, along with fellow Olympian Tina Konyot on Calecto V as an entertainment feature of the “Solid Gold!” Each pair will ride a mirror image of the test. 

The dress for the event is “casual to gilded” to fit with the gold theme.

Tickets are available at $200 each or $1,600 for a table of eight. Sponsorship is also available at Silver ($2,500), Gold ($5,000), and Platinum ($10,000) levels.

For seats, tables and sponsorships, call, text or email Annie Cizadlo -  kodester1@yahoo.com - text or phone 218-349-3452