Celebrity Judges Announced for Annual Vinceremos “Buck Off” Competition That Benefits Local Therapeutic Riding Center

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WELLINGTON – Polo patrons Gillian Johnston and Maureen Brennan and superstar show jumpers Rodrigo Pessoa and Jimmy Torano will be the celebrity judges for the first preliminary round of the annual Vinceremos “Buck Off” presented by Floridian Community Bank Thursday (January 28) at 6:30 p.m. at the White Horse Tavern.

Four-person teams compete in the “Buck Off”, a crowd-pleasing, mechanical bull-riding competition where individual scores are totaled to determine the winning team of each round. Each rider is scored on the basis of traditional bull-riding rules and style and they must keep one hand in the air at all times. Extra points are given to teams for character, team “spirit” and costumes.

A panel of four judges awards up to 25 points to each rider as teams strive for a perfect score of 100.

Spots are still available for the first round. Anyone of any age is welcome to compete. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. However, riders under the age of 18 need a parent’s signature to secure a spot. Also, if you don’t have a full team, the “Buck Off’ crew will help find you other strays.

The entry fee is $100 per team per round. Additional preliminary rounds are Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, also at the White Horse Tavern. Teams can compete in all three preliminary rounds. The winning teams from each of the three preliminary competitions will advance to the championship at International Polo Club on Feb. 19.

To register a team, please contact Bobbi Rottman at Bobbi@EquesSolutions.com or just show up ready to ride.

There will be an asado available this Thursday and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Vinceremos, a world-class non-profit therapeutic riding center which has helped hundreds of riders with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. The Vinceremos facility is located in Loxahatchee, directly behind Palms West Hospital.

Ruth Menor, Vinceremos Founder and Chief Program Director, is pleased with the success of the Buck Off.

“The Buck Off inspires young people and builds legacy supporters for the organization,” said Menor. “We also believe it stimulates additional community participation with helping those who ride at Vinceremos.”

About Vinceremos:

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization that provides equine assisted therapies for persons with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Founded in 1982, the VTRC facility is located in Loxahatchee, Florida, directly behind Palms West Hospital. The “Buck Off” and Annual Benefit play an important role in helping Vinceremos meet its financial goals.