EXCITING PERFORMANCES SLATED FOR AEGT WEEK II SPONSORED BY DRESSAGE CONNECTION

Olivia Willis was the Week I winner. DDeRosa photo.

Olivia Willis was the Week I winner. DDeRosa photo.

Wellington, FL –  Jan. 15, 2017 – American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT) Week II, sponsored by Dressage Connection is scheduled for Jan.18 at 6 p.m. at the Grande Ballroom at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard, directly behind the town hall. Robert Dover, chef d'equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team, raises funds for USEF High Performance Programs at the weekly event during the winter season. AEGT showcases the talents of anyone associated with the equestrian community in South Florida and raising much-needed funds for the sport.

"Everyone commented on how much fun it was last week," Dover said. "The food, catered by Wellington Hospitality Group, led by Aaron Menitoff and Julie Larson, was great! This week a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme is planned."

During Week I Olivia Willis, representing the sport of dressage, won the hotly contested first place prize of $1,000 and will move on to the Finale. Second-place finisher, representing the sport of jumping, Brit Lee More also wowed the audience with her big voice. Veteran AEGT performer, 11-year-old Zach "Attack" Duckworth, also made the top three.

Performers may return to try to earn their spot in the Finale scheduled for March 19. The winner will take home the grand prize of$10,000.
 
The judges panel includes AEGT Honorary Chair and Grand Prix dressage rider P.J. Rizvi. Kim Boyer, owner of Hampton Green Farm, founder of Discover Dressage and chair of the USEF Dressage Owners Task Force will also judge. Boyer's foundation Discover Dressage is taking an active role in the production of AEGT. The AEGT third judge is Ronnie Beard, a legendary hunter/jumper trainer, R-rated judge and co-owner of Wyndmont. Beard serves on the Show Jumping High Performance committee and is chair of the USEF Talent Search Task Force. He founded the USET Developing Rider Committee and gives his time and expertise to the Emerging Athletes Program.

Do you sing or dance? Are you a performance artist? Do you and your dog to tricks? Do you want to try out your magic or comedy act on a really great crowd? AEGT is looking for you.

Contestants should contact Robert Dover at: Rdover2@aol.com to have your moment in the spotlight.
 
To purchase tickets contact: Patty Scott at (917) 318-0425 or pjscott@mac.com

Brit Lee Moore. DDeRosa Photo.

Brit Lee Moore. DDeRosa Photo.

ABOUT AEGT WEEK II SPONSOR: THE DRESSAGE CONNECTION

The Dressage Connection is a full-service saddlery offering tack, apparel with a full range of proven products, owned by Charlie Tota. The Dressage Connection also provides expert advice and saddle fitting and services such as adjustment refitting and repair of boots, saddles and bridles.

"I've been close friends with Robert for over 25 years," Tota said. "I've trained with him and sponsored him. When he asks for help I’m there. I always give back to the dressage community.”
 
Tota developed a new product that was used in the Olympic Games in Rio. The new bridle design and noseband is called the Tota Comfort System. Tota designed the product in concert with top veterinarians. The noseband works to reduce the pressure that horses experience from a traditional noseband at the poll and along the sides of the face. The design was initially created to help a high level dressage horse that was experiencing so much pain in his poll area he was becoming more and more difficult to bridled and less and less willing under saddle. The veterinarians recommended the owner ask Tota to create a unique bridle design to alleviate the pain.
 
“It has been unbelievable,” he said. “This product stands on its own. The way the bridle is made, the horse is just going to be happier. ”
 
Carl Hester and other world-class riders have paid full price for the product. According to Tota, riders love the added connection it provides. Tota has recently added a jumper bridle and noseband to the new line.

Not only is Week II, sponsored by Dressage Connection, Tota and his band, the Tota Comfort Band, named by Dover after Tota's new product, the Tota Comfort System, will open up the show.

Charlie Tota and Jimmy DiBattista. Photo by Phelps Media Group

Charlie Tota and Jimmy DiBattista. Photo by Phelps Media Group

ABOUT AEGT

American Equestrians Got Talent, a fundraiser to benefit USEF High Performance Programs, returns to Wellington, Florida, for its third year in 2017. Contestants participate in weekly auditions to earn a spot to compete in the season finale. Celebrity judges at each audition critique the performances and the audience's applause determines who will progress to the Finale.

AEGT FAST FACTS

Honorary Chair:
P.J. Rizvi

AUDITIONS

Time:
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Show Begins

Dates:
Wednesday, Jan. 18; Tuesday, Jan. 24;
Wednesday, Feb. 1; Wednesday, Feb. 8; Wednesday, Feb. 15;
Wednesday, Feb.22; Wednesday, March 1; and Wednesday, March 8

Where:
The Grande Ballroom at
12150 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, Florida 33414
(561) 753-2484
 

Prize:
$1,000 will be awarded to the winning performer at each audition.

Sponsorship Information:
Robert Dover at: Rdover2@aol.com or (561) 758-6186

Audition Tickets:
Individual One-Time Ticket: includes gourmet dinner $60
Individual Package: includes gourmet dinner at all nine auditions $450
Individual Standing Room One-Time Ticket: $10
Table of 10 One-Time: includes gourmet dinner $600
Tables of 10 for all nine auditions: includes gourmet dinner $4,500
Ticket purchase for beverages, wine, beer and spirits

Purchase and Reserve Tickets and Tables:
Contact Patty Scott at (917) 318-0425 or pjscott@mac.com

Caterer:
Wellington Hospitality Group (formerly Aaron's Catering of the Palm Beaches) Each audition week will be a themed event.

Contestants:
Auditions are open to the entire community, including competitors, owners, riders, grooms and others involved in any discipline and citizens of The Village of Wellington associated with the equestrian community. Please sign up in advance.

Contestants Contact:
Robert Dover at: Rdover2@aol.com or(561) 758-6186 to set up rehearsal times the day and evening of the auditions. Walk-in performers may be accepted as time permits.

Winners:
Week I: Olivia Willis

SEASON FINALE

When: March 19, 2017

Where: Adequan® Global Dressage Festival show grounds, Wellington, Florida

Caterer: White Horse Catering is the official caterer of the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.

Prize: The winner, who will be named America's Most Talented Equestrian, will receive a grand prize of $10,000 sponsored by Robert Dover, chef d'equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team, and Robert Ross, P.A., luxury equestrian realtor for Keller Williams.

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