03 February 2011

PRO Derby Cross Is Coming To Wellington in March!

The Professional Riders Organization, better known as PRO, has formed Derby Cross Teams for the March 5th PRO Derby Cross at the International Equestrian Center of Palm Beach in Wellington FL.  The teams will be made up of riders from Eventing, Show Jumping, and Polo.  And, the PRO Derby Cross competition in Wellington will have a newly revamped format and may be live streamed, according to Samantha Lendl, PRO Executive Director. 

If you haven't yet seen a Derby Cross competition or just want to know more about it and watch the fun, the Derby Cross site has lots of information and several slide shows available for viewing.  Watching these folks compete together will be thoroughly entertaining. 

And, be sure to check back to Eventing Day for an fun, Pro Derby Cross giveaway announcement! ~ ed

PRO Derby Cross Teams Are Announced
Vero Beach, FL - February 1, 2011:  PRO Derby Cross team sponsors are getting on board for the March 5th PRO Derby Cross at the International Equestrian Center of Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida. Team Captains have selected a talented squad of event riders, show jumpers and polo players with the intent to win the inaugural PRO Derby Cross Team Competition hosted by event riders Leslie Law and Boyd Martin.

Team HAYGAIN: Captain Phillip Dutton (E); Sinead Halpin (E), Jennie Brannigan (E), Katie Prudent (SJ) and Nic Roldan (P)

Team FarmVet/Cavalor: Captain Buck Davidson (E), Bruce Davidson (E), Will Faudree (E), Aaron Vale (SJ) and Kris Kampsen (P)

Team O'Connor: Captain Karen O'Connor (E), Clark Montgomery (E), Hannah Sue Burnett (E), Laura Kraut (SJ) and John Gobin (P)

Team Triple Crown: Captain Allison Springer (E), Marcia Kulak (E), Will Coleman (E), Georgina Bloomberg (SJ) and Luis Escobar (P)

Team Canada: Captain Kyle Carter (E), Rebecca Howard (E), Jessica Phoenix (E), Ian Millar (SJ) and Brandon Phillips (P)

Triple Crown Nutrition was the first company to sponsor PRO Derby Cross: "When Marcia Kulak asked us to get involved with PRO Derby Cross, she knew it would be a perfect fit," said Michelle Mulcahy of Triple Crown Nutrition. "All of us at Triple Crown Nutrition are so excited to be able to support this fresh, innovative format that will be showcasing some of the best riders in the country".

Patrons tickets are available for the Calcutta Welcome Party presented by Windsor on Friday March 4, 5-7 PM at the White Horse Tavern in Wellington, Florida and the Wellington Equestrian Realty PRO Derby Cross Marquee on Saturday March 5, from 5:00 PM with full dinner and cocktails. For reservations please call: Samantha Lendl, 772 633-6129. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Homefront.

DerbyCross History: DerbyCross (www.derbycross.com) was conceived and developed by advanced level eventing competitors, Rebecca Howard and Sinead Halpin, and Dana Voorhees, an avid amateur competitor and owner of Van Productions. This new equine sport combines the speed and accuracy of show jumping and the bravery and endurance of cross-country, showcased in a spectator-friendly format. The inaugural event took place in July of 2006 at Great Meadow Polo Club, in The Plains, Virginia. In 2010 DerbyCross joined the Professional Riders Organization to create PRO DerbyCross.

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