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Longines Global Champions Tour, The World's Premier Show Jumping Series, Kicks Off First Leg Of 2016 Season In Spectacular Miami Beach…

Sissy Demaria

SADDLES UP FOR GOOD CAUSE

Partners with Give a Buck for Special Equestrians charity

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2016) – When 200 of the world’s top horses and riders descend on the sandy white shores of Miami Beach for the first leg of the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour series, the elite equestrians will not only be battling it out against a backdrop of one of the most glamorous destinations in the world, but also saddling up to spotlight horses and their unique ability to heal.

The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) is the world's premier international show jumping circuit spanning 15 international destinations from Miami Beach to Mexico City, Monaco to Shanghai, and features the world's top riders and horses. This year the Tour has named Give a Buck for Special Equestrians as its charitable partner for the first leg of the tour, LGCT Miami Beach, which takes place April 7 to 10 in South Florida.

On April 6, the Tour will welcome owners, riders and trainers to celebrate the opening of the competition and toast to its partnership with the Florida-based nonprofit – an organization that supports horseback riding and equine-assisted therapeutic programs, specifically benefitting children and veterans with special needs. During the event, a silent auction and raffle will take place, with all proceeds earmarked to support Give a Buck for Special Equestrians and scholarships for deserving special needs riders.

Marco Danese, Sport Director of the Tour, said: “We are proud to partner with Give a Buck for Special Equestrians and to salute the good work the organization is doing to fund programs providing pivotal therapy for children and adults in need. For those of us who are privileged to work with horses at the very top level of equestrian sport, it is only right that we share this passion with those facing very difficult life challenges.”

 “To a child or an adult with a physical, developmental or an emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback,” added Sissy DeMaria, Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. “The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength, while grooming horses helps promote a sense of calmness and well-being.  It’s truly amazing how, when horse enthusiasts band together, we can allow our passion for equestrian sports to positively impact a person’s life.”

Taking place just on Miami Beach, a unique and ground-breaking destination for show jumping, and directly opposite Collins Park, round one of the competition’s 15-event 2016 season is set to be another iconic celebration of the sport. Seven of the world's top ten riders slated to appear during the LGCT Miami Beach contest include last year's winner and Olympic Gold medalist Scott Brash, the top three ranked American riders Kent Farrington (World Number 3), McLain Ward (World Number 4) and Beezie Maddon (World Number 8), plus a host of top riders from around the world including 2012 Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat (SUI), 2010 World Gold medallist Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Ben Maher (GBR).  

This year’s event promises even more accessibility to passionate fans and new audiences, with a larger warm-up arena and more places for the public to view all of the action. Spectators will enjoy free access to grandstand seating around the arena on a first come, first served basis during the three days of competition. The show will host five, 5* classes, and visitors will be able to shop top brands in LGCT’s nearby Prestige Village. 

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that launched in May 2013 by a small group of equine enthusiasts inspired by the kind of “horsepower” that heals minds, bodies and spirits. The mission was simple: to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with those children and adults facing difficult life challenges. Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and horse shows, in addition to fundraisers such as the Pony Derby Classic.

The all-volunteer organization is passionate about setting an example for today’s young riders by extolling the virtues of giving back. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17, are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands-on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.

For more information please visit www.giveabuckeq.org or call 305.608.5350.

 

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About Longines Global Champions Tour

The Longines Global Champions Tour brings together the Top 30 ranked show jumpers in the world to compete in prestigious locations for unprecedented prize money. The 15 event Tour spans the globe and offers some of the most explosive and exciting competition of any equestrian series. The world's premier show jumping series proudly hosts Olympic, World and Continental Champions as they battle fiercely for the title of overall season and the honor of being crowned Champion of Champions as well as the lion’s share of the bonus prize fund. Available to watch live online via GCT TV and on Eurosport or national networks, millions of people tune in or visit the prestigious events each year to enjoy thrilling action from the top class show jumping series, featuring the biggest stars in the sport. This year sees the launch of the thrilling and innovative Global Champions League team competition kicking off on Sunday 10th April in Miami Beach.

About Give a Buck for Special Equestrians

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that launched in May 2013 by a small group of equine enthusiasts inspired by the kind of “horsepower” that heals minds, bodies and spirits. The mission was simple: to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with those children and adults facing difficult life challenges. Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and horse shows, in addition to fundraisers such as the Pony Derby Classic.  The all-volunteer organization is passionate about setting an example for today’s young riders by extolling the virtues of giving back. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17, are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands-on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.  For more information please visit www.giveabuckeq.org or call 305.608.5350.