WELLINGTON, FL – The Real Bucking Deal quartet lived up their name to earn first place in the second qualifying round of the annual Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” to benefit Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Thursday night at White Horse Fashion Cuisine.
The Real Bucking Deal foursome of Brandon Ratchford, Donnie Mills, Andrey Ferreir and 10-year-old Trent Ferreir earned 388 points out of a possible 400 points. Ratchford led off with a 92 while Mills went next and posted a perfect 100. The father-son duo each was awarded 98 points. Trent, who was the team’s anchor, had the largest applause of the evening.
With the victory, the Real Bucking Deal foursome qualified for the Championship on Feb. 3 as part of the 30th annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction at International Polo Club.
Sixteen teams participated in the second preliminary round in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd.
Two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward, dressage rider Susie Dutta, United States Equestrian Federation President Murray Kessler, Coca-Cola polo patron Gillian Johnston and Ch. 5/29 TV sportscaster Paxton Boyd were the celebrity judges.
Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex team finished second with 374 points while the Floridian Community Bank Pirates placed third with 373 points. The costumed pirates and their colorful crew were a crowd favorite. The Village People set the pace early, going third and earning 364 points but finished in fourth place.
The final preliminary round of the Buck Off is Thursday (Jan. 26) at 6 p.m. starting with practice rounds at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine. Spots are still available and 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. 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. The competition is open to the public. The winning team will be the last team to advance to the championship.
To register a team, please contact Bobbi Rottman at Bobbi@EquesSolutions.com or just show up ready to ride.
Floridian Community Bank has been involved with the Buck Off since its inception, helping raise thousands of dollars for Vinceremos every year. Vinceremos is 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.
In addition to Floridian Community Bank, major sponsors include Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Tito’s Vodka, Nadine Allen and Sanjiv Sharma, Discount Dirtworks, Palm Beach International Academy, Marshall & Sterling Insurance – Equisport Division, Laas Equestrian Real Estate, Envisian LLC and Carl Schachter with Northwestern Mutual.
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.
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.