Shannon Brinkman photo courtesy of US Equestrian.

Wellington, Fla – March 3, 2017 – The American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT) Finale is set for Sunday, March 19 at the Global Dressage Pavilion. This year an exciting online auction, open for bidding now, willconclude at the event. Your winning bid will earn you a day with the members of the dressage, three-day eventing, jumping or para-dressage United States Equestrian Teams that competed in Rio. All proceeds benefit US Equestrian High Performance Programs.

Whether for a series of exclusive clinics, a symposium, dinner or washing the winner’s car, the team members will be the theirs for a day. Bidding is online and concludes live at the event.






McLain Ward is a four-time Olympic athlete and a three-time Olympic medalist. He won silver in 2016 in Rio, gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and gold at the 2004 Games in Rio. A veteran of three World Equestrian Games, he earned a bronze medal at the 2014 WEG in Normandy and a silver medal in the 2006 Games. At the 2015 Pan American Games he earned an individual gold medal and a bronze team medal and he claimed a gold team medal in the 2011 Pan Am Games. In 2010, he was featured in the television series “A Rider's Story.”

Beezie Madden is a veteran of four Olympic games (2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio) and a four-time Olympic medal winner, claiming two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. She won silver in both the individual and team jumping at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen and individual and team bronze at the 2014 WEG in Normandy. In 2014, she was the first woman to win the King George Gold Cup at Hickstead, and the first woman to win the same competition back to back in the King George V Cup when she won again on the same mount in 2015.

Kent Farrington was a member of the silver medal winning Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics on Voyeur. His first major grand prix win was at Saugerties in 2004 with Madison. Some of his accomplishments include more than 125 grand prix wins 25 with Up Chiqui, winning team gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, the King George V Gold Cup at CSIO Hickstead on Uceko, the Credit Suisse Grand Prix with Willow in Geneva, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows with Voyeur, and team bronze in France at the FEI World Equestrian Games with Voyeur.

Lucy Davis was a member of the silver medal winning Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She was selected to compete with her top mount, Barron, whom she has competed with in Nations Cups, World Cup Finals, and the 2014 World Equestrian Games. At the 2014 WEG, she and her teammates earned a bronze medal in team jumping at the games in Normandy, France. Lucy began riding at the age of 5 and was influenced in her career choice by her grandfather, who works in the horse racing industry.

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Steffen Peters is a four-time Olympian and member of the bronze medal U.S. Dressage Team at Rio with Legolas. He has been named the USEF Horseman of the Year three times. He competed at three FEI World Equestrian Games and two FEI World Cup Finals. He and his wife Shannon, also an FEI dressage competitor, run their Arroyo Del Mar facility in California.

Laura Graves represented the United States at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. She also competed at the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She competed at her first Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when she and the U.S. Team won a bronze medal and she earned fourth place individually.
Allison Brock is a member of the bronze-medal winning Team USA from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Also in 2016, she earned a first place finish with Rosevelt along with the rest of Team USA in the CDIO5* Nations Cup at Compiegne, France. She and Rosevelt placed first in the Grand Prix at the 2016 AGDF CDI4* and second in the Grand Prix Special. In 2015, she won first with Team USA at the CDIO5* Nations Cup in Compiegne and placed second in the individual at the CDI4* in Achleiten Schloss, Austria.

Kasey Perry-Glass won her first Olympic medal in her first Olympic Games at the 2016Rio Olympics with Team USA. She also brought home first place individual and team wins from the 2016 CDIO5* Nations Cup in Compiègne, France. She and Goerklingaards Dublet also took second in the Intermediaire I at the 2015 CDI4* in Achleiten Schlos, Austria. She and her husband, Dana Glass, parents, Diane and Robert Perry, and five siblings call themselves “Team Believe.” Kasey just had her second major victory on the 2017 winter circuit, taking the CDI-W Grand Prix at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.



Rebecca Hart - Becca is a three-time paralympian, having competed in the Rio, London and Beijing games. She has been the National U.S. Paralympic Champion in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2004, Becca was the first alternate for the Athens Paralympic team. In 2008, she was a member of the United States Paralympic Equestrian team and she also competed for the United States at the World Championships in England.

Angela Peavy - Annie competed in the 2016 Pio Paralympic Games and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. In 2016, she swept two CPEDI3* competitions in Wellington, with eight top finishes in the Team Class, Individual III, Team III and Freestyle III classes.
Margaret McIntosh - Gigi is a veteran of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and a 2016 Team Gold medalist at the Wellington CPEDI3* where she won the the Grade Ia Freestyle. She was also Individual Grade Ia Champion at the Wellington CPEDI3* and she won the 2015 Grade Ia Individual Test at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship with Rio Rio. Gigi and Rio Rio also captured the National Reserve Champion Title at the WEG Selection Trials held in Gladstone in 2014. 

Sydney Collier- Syd is a veteran of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. She was presented with the Against All Odds Award at the 2014 International Equestrian Federation [FEI] Awards Gala in Baku, Azerbaijan, and named the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year by the USEF.  In 2014, she became the first recipient of the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund.



Boyd Martin was the top-placed US rider at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky riding Neville Bardos, the top US rider at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France riding Shamwari, and he was a member of the US Olympic Eventing Team in London in 2012. In 2015, he placed 4th individually and was a member of the gold medal winning US team at the Pan American Games in Toronto riding Pancho Villa. In 2016, he competed at his second Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2008, he was ranked No. 2 on the U.S. Eventing Association Rider of the Year leaderboard.

Phillip Dutton is a six-time Olympic athlete, three times as an Australian citizen and three times as part of Team USA, bringing home two gold medals and one bronze medal. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, he claimed the individual bronze medal aboard Mighty Nice. In April 2007, he took second at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day, as his first time riding as a U.S. citizen. Later that year, he won the team gold and individual silver medals at the 2007 Pan American Games on Truluck. In April 2008, he won his first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Clark Montgomery competed in his first Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil with Loughan Glen, an Irish Sporthorse gelding. In 2015, he placed first in the individual at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* with Loughan Glen and he placed sixth individually at the 2015 Luhmuhlen CCI4*, again with Loughan Glen. In the 2013 Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*, the duo placed third individually.

Lauren Kieffer won the Pinnacle Cup Trophy in 2014 and again in 2016 at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI,  both times riding the Dutch Warmblood mare Veronica. She was a member of the gold medal-winning US eventing team at the 2015 Pan American Games, riding Meadowbrook's Scarlett. At the time of the 2016 Summer Olympics, her first Olympic Games, she was considered the top-ranked female eventing athlete in the United States.

Video courtesy ofUS Equestrian


American Equestrians Got Talent, a fundraiser to benefit US Equestrian 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.


When: March 19, 2017

Doors Open 6 p.m.
Show Starts: 7 p.m.

Where: Adequan® Global Dressage Pavilion,
13500 South Shore Boulevard, Wellington, Florida

To Buy Tickets, Tables and Bid on Auction Items Go To: or
Contact Patty Scott at (917) 318-0425 or

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.

Week I: Olivia Willis, representing the sport of dressage
Week II: Zach Duckworth, representing the sport of dressage
Week III - Tie:
                Brandon Olavarria, representing the sport of              endurance
                Michael Boone, representing the sport of dressage
Week IV: Kyaunnee Richardson, representing the sport of dressage
Week V: Roberto Gallardo, representing the sport of dressage
Week VI: Laura León, representing the sport of dressage
Week VII: Robyn Marie Lamp and Edgar Miguel Abréu, representingthe sport of dressage
                 Robert Nichols, representing the sport of endurance
Week VIII: Frances Novella, representing the port of dressage

Honorary Chair:
P.J. Rizvi

To Request Media Credentials Contact:
Carrie Wirth
EQ Media
(612) 209-0310


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

Wednesday, March 8

The Grande Ballroom at
12150 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, Florida 33414
(561) 753-2484
Click here for map

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

Sponsorship Information:
Robert Dover at: or(561) 758-6186

Audition Tickets:
Individual One-Time Ticket: includes gourmet dinner $60
Individual Standing Room One-Time Ticket: $10
Table of 10 One-Time: includes gourmet dinner $600
Ticket purchase for beverages, wine, beer and spirits

Purchase Tickets and Tables:
Contact Patty Scott at (917) 318-0425 or

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.

Contestants Contact:
Robert Dover at: 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.