Real Bucking Deal Earns Top Honors in Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” Championship That Benefits Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center

The Real Bucking Deal with sponsors Sanjiv Sharma and Nadine Allen (far left)

WELLINGTON-FL – The Real Bucking Deal showed who was boss as they captured first place in the exhilarating, crowd-pleasing Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” Championship that benefitted Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center.

Their victory on Friday night (Feb. 3) at International Polo Club concluded the largest tournament in the seven-year history of the mechanical bull-riding competition.

The Real Bucking Deal, sponsored by Nadine Allen and Sanjiv Sharma, finished with 296 points. The final used the Nations Cup format, as one rider for each of the four teams made up one round.

Every team had one rider thrown by the bull, adding tension to the spine-tingling competition.

After a first-round 0, Matt Goodman and Donnie Mills each scored 98 points for the Real Bucking Deal and crowd favorite 10-year-old Trent Ferreir, riding the anchor leg, clinched the victory in style with a perfect 100.

The costumed Floridian Community Bank Night Racers, dressed in NASCAR-like driving suits and helmets, finished second with a 288, highlighted by Shah Quereshi’s perfect 100 on the anchor leg with a “hands free” ride.

Team Floridian Community Bank with Vice President, Joanne Dee (left) and President, Lee Frankhouser (middle)

Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex was third with 280, led by Sam Walker’s 98, and The Tackeria, the youngest team in the competition with Kristos Magrini, Oliver Firestone, Christian Weisz and Harrison Azzaro, finished fourth with 278.

Team Tackeria and sponsor Jesse Coppola

Team Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex

Celebrity judges for the final were Mike Smith and PJ Risvi Taylor Doebler and Juliet Reid.

The Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” kickstarted the 30th Annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction, whose theme “Come One, Come All” celebrated the triumphs of man and his horse while highlighting the importance and generosity of the community in the center’s success. The gala was hosted by Mrs. Ann Romney.

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, which includes a large, covered arena, is located in Loxahatchee, directly behind Palms West Hospital.

In addition to title sponsor 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.

Floridian Community Bank has sponsored the “Buck Off” since its inception. This action-packed competition has grown every year, attracting more teams and more spectators. The bank has a history of community service and civic commitment with Vinceremos and other organizations in Palm Beach County.

The Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” is organized by Eques Solutions (www.equessolutions.com). Eques Solutions professionally handles all aspects of the event, including the promotions and social media, as well as inviting teams and securing the celebrity judges.

About 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.

Floridian Community Bank “Soldiers” Rally to Win the Final Round of the 2017 “Buck Off”

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.

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.

Week 3 Highlights

The Real Bucking Deal Proves Its Name Fits As They Advance to the “Buck Off” Championship Presented by Floridian Community Bank to Benefit Vinceremos

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.

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.

Youthful Tackeria Team Advances to Championship of Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” Competition That Benefits Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center

WELLINGTON- FL – The Tackeria foursome used its youth and stamina to hold off 12 other teams to capture top honors in the opening qualifying round of the annual Floridian Community Bank “Buck Off” to benefit Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Thursday night at White Horse Fashion Cuisine.

The Tackeria foursome of Oliver Firestone, Liam Lotte, Harrison Azzaro and Christian Weisz, who went sixth, posted a score of 377 points (out of 400) and outlasted the field. The Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex team finished second with a 367. The Discount Dirtworks Dirty Riders team even came back for a second attempt to steal the win but was unable to do so.

With the victory, the Tackeria quartet qualified for the Championship on Feb. 3 as part of the 30th annual Vinceremos Dinner and Benefit Auction at International Polo Club.

Thirteen teams participated in the first preliminary round in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd.

Show jumper Jimmy Torano, jumper judge and Rocco’s Tacos owner Julie Kasle, Grand Champions Polo Club President and Flexjet patron Melissa Ganzi, international dressage trainer Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Josh Cohen, on-air host from ESPN 106.3 West Palm were the celebrity judges.

The next Buck Off is Thursday (Jan. 19), practice rides start at 6:00 p.m. and the competition begins at 6:30 p.m., 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. 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 and $10 per rider for each practice round. Teams can compete in all three preliminary rounds. The winning teams from each of the three preliminary competitions will 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, Envisian LLC, Laas Equestrian Real Estate  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.

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. For more information about Vinceremos visit www.vinceremos.org.

Elegant European Lux Cheval Mattresses & Pillows Now Available at Idlewild Furnishings in Wellington

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Who Will Be The Best Bull-Riding Team in 2017 as Floridian Community Bank Presents the “Buck Off” to Benefit the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Jan. 12, 19 & 26

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.

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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.

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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.”

About 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.

 

Eques Solutions is Proud to Announce New Client, c/o The Maidstone Hotel and Living Room Restaurant in East Hampton, New York

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Eques Solutions is proud to announce that we are now providing all marketing services for the iconic c/o The Maidstone Hotel and Living Room Restaurant in prestigious East Hampton, New York.

The easily recognizable c/o The Maidstone Hotel, which is housed on a historic 19th century property on East Hampton’s Main Street, has 19 eclectic rooms and cottages, which are designed to celebrate some of the most inspiring Scandinavian personalities ever. This dog-friendly, cozy, artsy hotel attracts fun locals and traveling celebrities alike.

The Living Room Restaurant, which is located inside c/o The Maidstone Hotel, is a farm-to-table, slow-food restaurant with a Scandinavian twist. Whenever they can, they prioritize the use of organic, locally sourced and seasonally appropriate ingredients. They use herbs fresh from the herb garden out back, fish from the waters around Long Island and meat from animals that get to play outside.

Eques Solutions is not just about horses; we are a part of a luxury lifestyle industry that casts a net over many different entities. Our creativity meets great connections that offer clients the ability to reach such a market. Luxury products and services, whether they relate to the horse or more for the owner, need to be promoted to the specific audience they are designed for.

At Eques Solutions, we match each individual clients needs with the market and audience that will provide them with the most success. Our goal is to do what it takes to help your business grow.

Benefits of Being a Sponsor for the Vinceremos “Buck-Off”

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Team Palm Beach Forge, winners of the 2016 “Buck Off” Championships.

What is the “Buck Off”?

The “Buck Off” is a mechanical bull-riding contest benefitting the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. There are 4 “Buck Off” events, 3 preliminary competitions and a championship round, held over a period of 4 weeks. The championship round is held during the Vinceremos Annual Dinner Auction. This is a team competition with 4 riders to a team. Each competition has a panel of 4 different judges that can score the riders a maximum score of 25 points per judge, making a perfect score of 100 points. All four rider’s scores are totaled for a team score. Riders must stay on the bull for 20 seconds and keep one hand free in order to receive a score. Judges give points based on style, character and a bonus for costumes. The team with the highest score at each preliminary competition will advance to the championship round to compete against each other and the winning team from the previous year.

Helping the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center

Vinceremos serves children and adults with developmental, physical and psychological disabilities in a fun, natural and nurturing environment where the riders gain greater independence and achieve a higher quality of life. The impact that horses have on individuals with special needs both mentally and physically is astounding. Vinceremos offers Hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, therapeutic driving, assisted learning and many other great programs. Proceeds from the “Buck Off” events goes toward covering the high costs that are incurred on a daily basis in order to keep the horses, staff, and facility at Vinceremos operating.

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Team Floridian Community Cowboys with Title Sponsor, Floridian Community Bank President, Lee Frankhouser.

Exposure to the Equestrian Community

Vinceremos has been around for over 30 years and is a favorite charity among the Wellington equestrian community. The “Buck-Off” is one of Wellington’s most popular charity events during the winter season and is well attended by a concentrated group of not only riders and trainers but also very influential individuals in the community. This is an excellent opportunity for businesses or individuals that are looking for exposure to this industry to get in front of this amazing audience.

Company Team in the Competition

A sponsorship includes putting together a team of fun bronc riders in the competition under your company name. This helps ensure your brand gets in front of the audience numerous times throughout each event. If you don’t have brave riders in your circle of friends or business, Eques Solutions will recruit a competitive team for you. Sponsored teams are allowed to ride more than once in each preliminary competition in order to challenge top scoring teams.

Additional Exposure

Sponsors that commit before print materials are produced will have their logos on all the posters that will be distributed throughout the Wellington community, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Palm Beach International Polo Club, and The Ridge Horse Shows as well as in print ads promoting the “Buck Off” events. Long sleeve t-shirts are made with each sponsors logo, these shirts are given to every rider at each event and are available for purchase to the public. There are weekly press releases during the preliminary competitions mentioning all sponsors, plus videos and social media posts. These are sent to the media as well as our list of equestrians. Key media individuals are not only invited to attend the event but some will judge the preliminary rounds. We also produce a 30-second commercial that mentions each sponsor with the sponsor logo for social media posts. These are used for an entire year as we continue to promote the Vinceremos “Buck Off” for the following season.

Sponsorship packages have detailed sponsorship information. Please contact Eques Solutions for a sponsorship packet at info@equessolutions.com or call (561) 227-1537.

2017 “Buck Off” Dates and Location:

3 Preliminary rounds at White Horse Fashion Cuisine, 3401 Equestrian Club Dr, Wellington, FL 33414- Jan 12, 19, and 26th at 6:30pm- open to public.

Championship Round at Palm Beach International Polo Club preceding the Vinceremos Annual Dinner and Auction- February 3rd at 6:00pm- winning teams and ticket holders only.

Thank you for your support!