Wellington, Fla. – Feb 9, 2017 – Roberto Gallardo channeled Michael Jackson as he took the stage clad in a snazzy red jacket and sunglasses Wednesday night for Week V of American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT). The 30-year-old dancer’s brand of impressive moves paired with his movie star good looks caused the sold-out crowd at the Grande Ballroom in Wellington, Florida, to erupt in applause. Gallardo earned this week’s $1,000 prize from sponsor Mission Control and the right to advance to the March 19 Grande Finale for a chance to win $10,000.
Judges Susie and Tim Dutta, PJ Rizvi, and local broadcaster Roxanne Stein of WPTV were impressed with the dancer’s moves and impressive strength. Tim Dutta proclaimed him gravity defying. “You got the mojo, bro,” Dutta said. Stein called him “crazy good” and Rizvi said it was obvious he danced for the love of it.
The 30-year-old Gallardo has worked as a groom at Diamante Farms for two years where the horses are his audience. “Sometimes I dance in the aisles, when my boss is not there watching me,” Gallardo laughed, adding that Diamante owners Devon and Terri Kane love it when they find him dancing in the aisles. Gallardo has competed in AEGT since its inception three years ago. “I love to participate in this event. I think it’s great and everybody is always working hard. My team is always here with me and I’m really happy."
The group from Diamante filled three plus tables and surprised Gallardo with their hearty support. Terri Kane sent out a text message to tell everyone at the barn that Gallardo was dancing and they all responded that they were in and brought friends and family to cheer him on. “Cool camaraderie at the barn,” Kane said. “He’s just a genuinely good person.”
Audience members included Olympic bronze-medal winning athletes for Team USA, Allison Brock, Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass and Steffen Peters who are on-hand for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AEGF) CDI5*. Robert Dover, chef d'equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team and AEGT founder, created the event to raise funds for high-performance equestrian sports. Contestants participate in weekly auditions to earn a spot to compete in the season finale and celebrity judges at each audition critique the performances. Audience applause determines who will progress to the Grande Finale on March 19 where one contestant will go home with $10,000.
Other talented performers for Week 5 included singers Tarek Chakib, Alyssa Marie Coon, Taylor Hughes, Cassie Ortiz and Charlie Tota. Previous weeks’ winners Kayanunne Richardson from Week 4, Brandon Olavarria from Week 3, Zach “Attack” Duckworth from Week 2 and Michael Boone, also from Week 3, were on-hand to perform for the appreciative crowd.
With such a talented field of finalists, Gallardo said he is going to work hard to prepare for the finale. “I am going to do my best in the final,” he said. “I hope the people love it.”
The next AEGT audition is set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Grande Ballroom located at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington, Florida, 33414.
Contestants should contact Robert Dover at Rdover2@aol.com or (561) 758-6186 about auditions. Walk-in performers may be accepted if time permits.
Dinner for Week VI begins at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Contact Patty Scott for tickets at: (917) 318-0425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Show Begins
Wednesday, Feb. 8; Wednesday, Feb. 15;
Wednesday, Feb.22; Wednesday, March 1; and Wednesday, March 8
The Grande Ballroom
12150 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, Florida 33414
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$1,000 will be awarded to the winning performer at each audition.
Robert Dover at: Rdover2@aol.com or(561) 758-6186
Individual Ticket: includes gourmet dinner $60
Individual Standing Room Ticket: $10
Table of 10: includes gourmet dinner $600
Ticket purchase for beverages, wine, beer and spirits
Purchase and Reserve Tickets and Tables:
Contact Patty Scott at (917) 318-0425 or email@example.com
Wellington Hospitality Group (formerly Aaron's Catering of the Palm Beaches) Each audition week will be a themed event.
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.
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.
Week I - Olivia Willis, representing the sport of dressage.
Week II - Zach Duckworth, representing the sport of dressage.
Week III - Tie:
Brandon Olavarria, representing dressage.
Michael Boone, representing the sport of dressage.
Week IV - Kyuannee Richardson, representing dressage.
Week V - Roberto Gallardo, representing the sport of dressage.
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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