WELLINGTON-FL – It was a comeback for the ages as the Floridian Community Bank “soldiers” held on to capture first place in the final qualifying round of the annual Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” to benefit Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Thursday night at White Horse Fashion Cuisine.
The Floridian Community Bank foursome dressed in a variety of unofficial military uniforms. The quartet of Will Piper, Thomas Schweizer, Josh List and Turner Reeves totaled 384 points out of a possible 400 points. Piper led off with a 96 while Schweitzer went next and posted a 99. List was awarded an 89 and Reeves, the team’s anchor, had a perfect 100. Reeves, who registered an 89 in his first round ride, needed at least a 97 to complete the rally.
With the victory, the Floridian Community Bank soldiers qualified for the Championship on Friday, Feb. 3 as part of the 30th annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction at International Polo Club.
A record 19 teams competed for the final spot in the championship round in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd. There were four lead changes as teams ramped up their riding skills in an attempt to qualify for the finals. Several teams purchased another chance to ride again, as allowed by the rules, in their attempt at victory.
Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, realtor/reality TV star Ryan Beckett, Spy Coast Farm owner Lisa Lourie and dressage rider Chris von Martels, Canada’s Pan American Games team silver and individual bronze medalist, were the celebrity judges.
The Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex team finished second with 381 points while the Discount Dirtworks quartet placed third with 377. All three top teams scored higher the second time they participated.
The huge success of the “Buck Off” is due in large part to the outstanding support of the sponsors, according to Vinceremos CEO Bill Carter.
Floridian Community Bank has been involved with the Buck Off since its inception, helping raise thousands of dollars for Vinceremos every year.
“The unwavering support of Floridian Community Bank has been instrumental in the event’s success and therefore the success of our programs at Vinceremos,” said Carter. “With more and more sponsors, it has allowed Vinceremos to expand our programs and help more people.”
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, Equisport Division — Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Laas Equestrian Real Estate, Envisian LLC and Carl Schacter with Northwestern Mutual.
Palm Beach International Academy is in its first year as a major sponsor.
Their mission is to provide individualized academic instruction in positive, innovative, and caring environments. They focus on the unique learning styles and needs of their students and educators by developing educational programs that foster curiosity, instill knowledge and promote cultural awareness. Students work one-on-one or in small groups with educators who present the material in innovative and exciting ways.
For more information, visit www.pbiafl.com.
Discount Dirtworks is in its second year as a major sponsor.
It’s the brainchild of Drew Discount, who grew up on equipment and with horses. He began working in the grading industry in 2002 as a teenager and was able to combine his interests. Discount Dirtworks specializes in all-weather horse arena footing using state-of-the-art equipment. They specialize in clients that only want the best, corners, who believe in high quality at a fair price.
For more information, visit Discount Dirtworks at www.discountdirtworks.com or call Drew Discount of Discount Dirtworks at 561-662-3739.
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.
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