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Crowd-pleasing Buck Off Challenge Benefits Southeast Florida Honor Flight With Successful Bull-Riding Competition at The Butcher Shop West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL  – The inaugural Buck Off Challenge to benefit the Southeast Florida Honor Flight was a tremendous success, on and off Snowflake, the friendly mechanical bull.

Held Friday (March 23) at The Butcher Shop Beer Garden West Palm Beach before a raucous crowd of more than 200 that included numerous heroes, the Buck Off raised over $15,000 for the Stuart-based Southeast Florida Honor Flight. The veterans on site received several standing ovations throughout the evening as the appreciative audience thanked them for their service and sacrifice.

The next trip for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 501c3 non-profit organization that flies World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice, is scheduled for Saturday, April 14.

In a thrilling finish, The Real Bucking Deal, highlighted by 11-year Trent Ferrier’s perfect score of 100, earned top honors with 393.5 points (out of a possible 400). He was ably supported by Donnie Mills, who scored 99.5 points, while Trent’s dad, Andrey, and leadoff rider Autumn Langworthy were each awarded a 97. The Real Bucking Deal was the 10th of 11 teams to ride the bull.

A one-rider buck off was needed to determine second and third place finishers. Anna King of The Butcher Shop team posted a 96 to narrowly edge Susannah Rogers of the Envisian Products team, who scored a 95. Each team tied in the first round with a 383.

Celebrity judges were former NFL player and analyst Doug Chapman, Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Maria Marino and State Representative Matt Willhite, a former United States Navy Corpsman who served with the 4th ANGLICO of the United States Marine Corps and was a Guardian on six Honor Flights. But the biggest celebrity and crowd favorite on the panel was 93-year-old World War II veteran Carmin Yannotta.

After the competition concluded, Marino and Chapman rose to the challenge and rode Snowflake flawlessly to garner more donations to the cause. Allen and Sharma were also persuaded to jump on Snowflake to the cheers of the crowd.

The main sponsors of the Buck Off Challenge were philanthropists Sanjiv Sharma and Nadine Allen, who live in Highland Beach and have established four scholarships in the U.S. and India while regularly supporting local and national charities relating to food, health and education.

Allen has chaired the Share Our Strength, Palm Beach No Kid Hungry Gala for over 10 years. Sharma is on the board of Caridad, located in Boynton Beach, which provides free medical care and health education to underserved families.

Other sponsors included Janet Hoose, Carl Schachter with Northwestern Mutual, Brian Lookabill with Envisian Products, the Palm Beach International Academy, the Rodriguez Charities, Orsini IT, LLC, Jason Calderwood with PNC Wealth Management, Jolie Burrell, LLC, and KP Concession.

The event was designed and produced by Bobbi Rottman of Eques Solutions.

For more information about Southeast Florida Honor Flight, visit www.honorflightsefl.org. or www.facebook.com/honorflight.

 

Buck Off Challenge to Benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight

To Benefit

Don’t miss the most exciting fundraiser ever, the Buck Off Challenge! This event, to benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight, is a mechanical bull-riding contest consisting of 4-person teams (costumes encouraged but not mandatory) to be judged by a panel of 5 judges. Prizes will be given to the top 3 highest scoring teams.


Proceeds from this event will go to fund the Honor Flight mission: To fly local WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is a 100% volunteer, 501c3 organization and relies on donations to keep the planes flying to honor the service that the Greatest Generations gave to our Nation.

This event will be held on March 23, 2018 at The Butcher Shop West Palm Beach, located at 209 6th Street, West Palm Beach, Florida. Practice rides will start at 6:00pm with competition to follow. For all our spectators, food and drinks will be available for purchase along with fantastic raffle prizes donated from within our community.

Click here to sign up your team! 2018 Buck Off sign up form

For questions about sponsorships please contact Bobbi Rottman, (561) 436-1165, bobbi@equessolutions.com.

To learn more about Honor Flight check out this great video https://vimeo.com/253986327 or visit http://honorflightsefl.org/.

Marshall & Sterling Road to Pony Finals Contest

Enter to win the inaugural Marshall & Sterling Road to Pony Finals Contest!

Marshall & Sterling Insurance- Equisport Division would like to recognize the hard-working kids that have qualified or are still trying to qualify for the 2017 Pony Finals in Lexington Kentucky August 8-13th.

To enter you must submit a short video, approximately 2 minutes, of yourself either showing or jumping a course at home, a 1-2 paragraph (approximately 300 words) description about yourself and what Pony Finals means to you. Videos and pictures need to be submitted by email to info@equessolutions.com by 5:00pm on June 15th.

On June 16th 3 young riders will be selected by the Marshall & Sterling judges’ panel. These three riders’ preparation and progress will be promoted through the Marshall & Sterling Pony Medal social media outlets from the time they are selected until the end of Pony Finals.

The 3 riders selected will also receive an embroidered sun-show shirt with their name and “Marshall & Sterling Road to Pony Finals”.

Rider commitment

 Winning riders must commit to sending two videos of either your round at a horse show, lesson at home or training tips and two pictures each for the month of June and July. They will also be required to send a picture and results from Pony Finals.

Marshall & Sterling Insurance- Equisport Division will post and promote, through their social media outlets and extensive email list, each rider’s progress, videos and pictures until the end of Pony Finals. This is a great opportunity for young riders to gain exposure.

All participants must have parent or guardian sign a media release. Marshall & Sterling reserves the right to use all approved pictures and videos in conjunction with the promotion of this contest. Please click the link below for the Minor Release Form, sign and email to info@equessolutions.com.

Good Luck!!!

M&S minor release form

 

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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