STEVEN BATTEY FROM GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING JACKIE BOYZ TO PERFORM AT AEGT WEEK I, SPONSORED BY DIAMANTE FARMS

Steven Battey, pictured left and Carlos Battey are the Grammy-Award-winning Jackie Boyz. They have written for mega-stars like Madonna, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Hudson. Steven Battey will perform during AEGT Week I. Photo courtesy of Jackie Boyz

Steven Battey, pictured left and Carlos Battey are the Grammy-Award-winning Jackie Boyz. They have written for mega-stars like Madonna, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Hudson. Steven Battey will perform during AEGT Week I. Photo courtesy of Jackie Boyz

Wellington, FL –  Jan. 8, 2017 – American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT) kicks off Week I, sponsored by Diamante Farms on Jan.11 at 6 p.m. at the new Wellington Community Center.  The brainchild of Robert Dover, chef d'equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team, AEGT funds USEF High Performance Programs by showcasing the talents of anyone associated with the equestrian community in South Florida and raising much-needed funds for the sport. AEGT audition events are held for nine weeks during the winter equestrian season in Wellington, culminating in Finale to name America’s Most Talented Equestrian March 19.
 
Week I, sponsored by Diamante Farms, includes an incredible lineup of celebrity judges and performers. Steven Battey from the Grammy Award-winning duo of Jackie Boyz will judge and perform. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Steven and brother Carlos Battey are the duo that make up Jackie Boyz, named in memory of their mother.
 
Jackie Boyz have collaborated in the studio with the likes of mega-stars Madonna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Amy Weber, Sean Kingston, Cee-Lo, Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Diggy Simmons, Charice, Jay Sean, Jennifer Lopez, Big Time Rush, Shontelle, and Mann, among others. They co-wrote the platinum selling single "Eenie Meenie" performed by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston and Madonna's 2009 single "Revolver".
 
In 2011, the duo won their first Grammy at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards for their contribution to the David Guetta One Love Club Mix of Madonna's “Revolver”. The song won for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Jackie Boyz were also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0. In 2009 they were nominated in the Best Rap Song category for their work on Flo Rida’s “Sugar” featuring Wynter Gordon. Jackie Boyz have been responsible for or contributed to over 15 million records in sales, four number one albums and four top ten singles.
 
“We are so excited to have Steven perform,” Robert Dover said. “Jackie Boyz are a major creative force in music today. This is going to be a treat for everyone!”
 
In addition to Battey the 2016 AEGT Finale winner, American Idol top 40 contestant and always a crowd pleaser, David Oliver Willis will perform. Willis bridges the genres of alternative, soul and folk.

The judges panel includes Battey, Grand Prix dressage competitor and AEGT Honorary Chair P.J. Rizvi, Week I sponsor Terri Kane of Diamante Farms and Athens Olympic Games team bronze medalist and FEI World Cup Dressage champion Debbie McDonald.

To purchase tickets contact: Patty Scott at (917) 318-0425 or pjscott@mac.com

2016 AEGT Finale winner David Oliver Willis will also perform. Photo by Phelps Media Group.

2016 AEGT Finale winner David Oliver Willis will also perform. Photo by Phelps Media Group.

ABOUT AEGT WEEK I SPONSOR: DIAMANTE FARMS

Diamante Farms is home base for Grand Prix rider, USDF Gold medalist and NAJYRC Individual Gold Medalist, Devon Kane as well as Grand Prix rider and German Master Bereiter, Kevin Kohmann who provide top quality training, coaching, clinics, boarding and sales to the dressage community.

Located on 10 pristine acres just minutes from the Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds, the beautiful Diamante Farms estate is owned by the Kane family. The facility includes over 20 stalls constructed in courtyard style, grass paddocks and large covered and outdoor arenas, both with world class footing.
 
"We are happy to support this fantastic event because of the opportunities it offers our athletes," Terri Kane said. "Thanks to fundraisers such as this, we are able to send our top riders to Europe to compete and train. Last summer we witnessed the results of these benefits."
 
Diamante Farms and the Kane family actively support the equestrian community through multiple charitable organizations and events and serve as the annual presenting sponsor of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival’s CDI 5*.

AEGT FAST FACTS

Honorary Chair:
P.J. Rizvi

AUDITIONS

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

Dates:
Wednesday, Jan. 11; 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
The new Wellington Community Center
12150 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, Florida 33414
(561) 753-2484
Click here for map

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.

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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EQ Media
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Photographs courtesy of USET Foundation and Phelps Media Group