Wellington, Florida – Are you daring enough to be crowned the best bull-riding team for 2017?
Bring your team to the sometimes breathtaking but always entertaining mechanical bull-riding competition presented by the Floridian Community Bank to benefit the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.
The competition to crown the best bull-riding team begins on Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine in Wellington.
Additional preliminary rounds are Thursday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 26, at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine. Teams can compete in all three preliminary rounds in an attempt to qualify for the championships. The winning teams from each of the three preliminary competitions will advance to the championship round which is part of the 30th Annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction on Friday (Feb. 3) at International Polo Club.
Dana Glass riding on the Palm Beach Forge team, the Championship winners
from the 2016 VTRC Buck Off. Photo © Alex de Armas.
Entry fee is $100 per team. To pre-register a team, please contact Bobbi Rottman at Bobbi@EquesSolutions.com or just show up ready to ride. Practice rounds are from 6-6:30 p.m. for $10 a ride.
One of the new highlights for the 2017 competition will be a Tito’s Vodka Bar featuring specialty drinks. All the bar’s proceeds will go directly to Vinceremos.
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.
Judges for the first round include jumper extraordinaire Jimmy Torano, dressage rider Susie Dutta, Grand Champions Polo Club president and Flexjet patron Melissa Ganzi, jumper judge and Rocco’s Tacos owner Julie Kasle, and Josh Cohen, on-air radio host from ESPN 106.3 West Palm. Our guest emcee for the evening is Juan Ortiz.
Title Sponsor Floridian Community Bank was well-represented by its team, the Floridian Community Cowboys, pictured
here with bank president Lee Frankhouser and Commercial Banking Officer, Beau Marburger. Photo © Alex de Armas.
Spots are still available for the first round. Anyone of any age is welcome to compete. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Riders under the age of 18 need a parent’s signature. If you don’t have a full team of 4, the “Buck Off’ crew will help find you teammates.
In addition to Floridian Community Bank, major sponsors include Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Nadine Allen and Sanjiv Sharma, Discount Dirtworks, Tito’s Vodka, Marshall & Sterling Insurance – Equisport Division, Envisian LLC, Laas Equestrian Real Estate, and Carl Schachter with Northwestern Mutual.
.Bill Carter, Vinceremos CEO, is pleased with the success of the Buck Off.
“The Buck Off inspires young people and builds legacy supporters for the organization,” said Carter. “We also believe it stimulates additional community participation with helping those who ride at Vinceremos.”
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (www.vinceremos.org) 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.