Challenge Of The Americas Returns March 9 To Help Fight Breast Cancer

Equestrians with gather to fight breast cancer March 9. Photo by Susan J. Stickle

The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) is back after a year’s hiatus. Not only is COTA returning to help find a cure for breast cancer, it’s so big, it’s going global.

COTA’s signature six-rider Grand Prix Quadrille Team Challenge will be held live on Friday, March 9 at the world-renowned Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, and for the first time, it’s also being live-streamed via the USEF Network.

To add more excitement, the competition will break down borders when one of the teams competes via video from Holland. Six Dutch Grand Prix riders are thrilled to join in the first Challenge of the Americas international event to help cure breast cancer. Their freestyle will be prerecorded, and they’ll join Wellington-based Team Back on Track, Team Canada, Team Purina and Team Winged Foot via the big screen in the AGDF arena.

Another global touch will showcase the beauty and elegance of the PRE horse, as riders from Hampton Green Farm kick off the evening with a musical freestyle quadrille.

“It’s time we went global,” COTA founder Mary Ross said. “Breast cancer knows no boundaries, and to help end breast cancer, we need to raise more donations earmarked for breast cancer research. The best way for us to do this is to reach out to equestrians in other locations for their support.”

Funds from ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K. The mission of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Challenge of the Americas and indebted to everyone involved in wanting to see the end of breast cancer,” said Stephanie Hamburger, executive director of Play for P.I.N.K. “The Challenge of the Americas’ support is critical to the research-funding capability of BCRF. The money raised will impact the lives of countless individuals and families affected by the disease.”

The public is invited to attend the Challenge of the Americas on Friday, March 9 at the AGDF showgrounds and help us put an end to breast cancer. For more info., visit www.challengeoftheamericas.com or www.facebook.com/ChallengeoftheAmericas.

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