WELLINGTON, FL - The Palm Beach Polo Club was all bright lights and music on Wednesday evening, but this sold-out event wasn't your average party. Top horses and riders danced the night away for the Dressage Under the Stars Cancer Challenge presented by Invictus Farm & Sport Horses.
Susanne Hamiton & Lutz took home the top honors for their musical freestyle, earning her elected cause - prostrate cancer - the largest share of the total donations. "I'm so happy to be part of this great event," said Susanne. "Its for such an awesome cause. I'm always up for combining fun with a good cause behind it. riding under the lights with music is just a blast. Its what we do and we love to share the joy"
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Jim Koford followed closely behind with their freestyles, both earning tow 8's and a 9. Olivia rode Fendi W to music from Disney's The Beauty and the Beast to raise money for breast cancer. "I thought it was a fabulous event. We had a great time," said Olivia. " I was very pleased with Fendi. He was really a rock star and very rock solid in the environment. I couldn't be happier"
Jim rode Adiah HP, a 10-year-old Friesian cross mare, to the music of Disney's Aladdin. He was matched with a charity to help cervical cancer research. "I'm really excited that the event was sold out. that proceeds are going to such a good cause," said Jim. "The venue is beautiful , the crowd was great and we all had fun. The Aladdin routine was fun to do. I look forward to doing it again."
Kim Herslow rode Soraya, a 15 year-old Hanoverian mare, owned by Marilyn Sherwin, to the Burlesque movie soundtrack. Kim was dressed in a metallic silver and red costume. Her energetic performance received three 8's from the judges as Kim rode for the Moffitt Cancer Center for Ovarian Cancer.
Rebecca Cowden, who rode Azeite Do Vouga, 11 year-old Lusitano to YMCA and music from the Village People was another crowd favorite for the night! "I think it's incredibly important [to have this event to bring dressage to a greater public]. Its a sport that we work really hard at and it takes years and years of training to perfect. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to showcase what we work so hard to do."
"Anything can kill you. Life's too short. You need to go out and have fun, which is what my dad did," Kristy told Horse Junkies United during an interview with Caroline Culbertson. You can catch Dr. Kristy's Lund heartfelt story and passion leading into her Cancer Challenge performance at:
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