Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® Teams Announced
FLORIDA December 15, 2003 The Outback/Sidelines Equestrian
Triathlon has announced the members of the four teams that will
compete on December 27, 2003, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club show grounds in Wellington, Florida. The three-phase event
features dressage, show jumping and polo. The teams are:
& DIAMONDS: Jimmy Torano, Ruth Hogan-Poulsen, and Mike Azzaro.
SALES OF BROWARD: Nona Garson, Bent Jensen, and Martin Estrada.
POLO CLUB PALM BEACH: Candice King, Lynda Alicki, and Luis Escobar.
DISTRIBUTIONS, LLC: Aaron Vale, Shawna Harding, and Gabriel Crespo.
open at noon with a Childrens Fair, silent auction vendor
shopping, and a parade before competition begins at 1pm. General
admission tickets are $10, children under 12 are admitted free,
and VIP seating is available in the Jockey Club with an Outback
buffet at $750 for a reserved table of six, or $150 per person on
the day of the event. Net proceeds of the Outback/Sidelines Equestrian
Triathlon benefit the Make A Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida.
For tickets and tables, contact Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Wilkes
& Associates, Inc. at (561) 753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
DENIM & DIAMONDS
three members of the Denim & Diamonds team were partnered in
the last Triathlon and won the Gold Medal.
jumper JIMMY TORANO of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was the Leading Open
Jumper Rider at Madison Square Garden in 2001. This is his second
time competing in the Triathlon. Mainly why Im doing
it is for the charity. I did it last year at the last minute when
they needed one more person, and I stepped in. It was a fun event,
so I figured I could take time out to do it again, especially being
for charity. I havent done dressage or polo since the last
Triathlon, but hopefully my partners will help me at least one time
before the actual event.
rider RUTH HOGAN-POULSEN, of Plainfield, VT, and Wellington, FL,
earned both her USDF Gold Medal and USDF Freestyle Gold Bar in 2003.
This is her second time competing in the Triathlon. Im
doing the Triathlon again this year because it was some of the most
fun that I had last season. Its a great opportunity to get
to know other equestrian athletes of the other disciplines. We watch
the jumpers and the polo, but you have no idea until you try them
what the other disciplines are all about.
player MIKE AZARRO of San Antonio, TX, was rated to 10 goals in
1993. This is his third time competing in the Triathlon. Its
a great opportunity to give with my ability towards the need, and
also experience other equestrian sports. Ive been a rider
all my life, and the Triathlon opened up my eyes so that I appreciate
how difficult jumping and dressage are. Those guys are unbelievably
RV SALES OF BROWARD
jumper NONA GARSON of Lebanon, NJ and Wellington, FL, was a member
of the 2000 US Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia. This is her second
time competing in the Triathlon. I think its a fabulous
event for great reasons. Our equestrian sports are humbling anyway,
and to come and try different disciplines that we havent trained
in is humbling times ten. I think polo is one of the most incredibly
hard things Ive ever done.
riding BENT JENSEN of Wellington, FL, was a member of the 1992 Danish
Olympic Team in Barcelona, Spain. This is his fourth time competing
in the Triathlon. I do it for fun! Its fun to be with
all the other people and do the other sports. Its just a fun,
fun day. Having the event at the new place, its going to be
easier for people to watch. It was good at Outback too. They did
a great job. The Triathlon is a great idea. Were doing it
for a cause and it has a purpose.
player MARTIN ESTRADA of Wellington, FL, played on the winning team
at the US Open in 1997. This is his first time competing in the
Triathlon. "I jump a little I crash most of the time.
I think its fun to learn from all different types of disciplines
involved with horses. One thing adds to the other one and its
good if you can do everything. The Triathlons great.
POLO CLUB PALM BEACH
jumper CANDICE KING of Wellington, FL, won the Queens Cup in Hickstead,
England. This is her second time competing in the Triathlon. Im
doing it because I think the charity is a very good cause. My plan
for the day of the competition is to have fun. Its a great
event for people and everybody has a great time. Its nice
to put everybody together and have a unique event like this.
rider LYNDA ALICKI of Wellington, FL, was a member of the US Gold
Medal Team at the 1999 Pan American Games. This is her second time
competing in the Triathlon. I really love the animal of course,
and anything in the public eye I love doing. Polo excites me and
I used to jump as a kid on little fun horses. I love all three disciplines.
It was a huge crowd last year so I hope each year we get more and
more of a crowd. Its an exciting event and fun for anybody
player LUIS ESCOBAR of Wellington, FL, played in the Finals of the
1996 US Open. This is his first time competing in the Triathlon.
I think its great to be able to participate in the Triathlon.
Ive always thought Make-A-Wish was a good foundation for the
kids and I just love that I can support it. Ive never done
dressage and Ive only done jumping a couple of times. Im
looking forward to it as a fun and challenging event.
jumper AARON VALE of Aiken, SC, is the current US record holder
for most Grand Prix wins in a single year. This is his first time
competing in the Triathlon. Last year I did a couple of three-day
events. Ive always enjoyed different aspects of horses, different
horse sports, and this looks like a great opportunity for a little
diversity. I tried to sticknball about 20 years ago
and Im going to practice so hopefully I can hit the ball instead
of missing it.
rider, SHAWNA HARDING of Wellington, FL, won six Prix St. Georges
and Intermediaire I classes at her first season in Florida, 2003.
This is her first time competing in the Triathlon. A girl
that was in our stable met Debbie McDonald through the Make-A-Wish
Foundation; its a wonderful opportunity for children who are
really down to meet someone who is a role model. The Triathlon should
be a lot of fun. Im looking forward to the jumping and playing
well on the polo field, which Ive never done before.
player GABRIEL CRESPO of Aiken, SC, played in the 2000 US Open.
This is his first time competing in the Triathlon. I helped
put it together, I umpired a bunch of times, but I never actually
played in the Triathlon. Im always very involved with anything
that is helpful for anybody or to have fun Im up for
it. Last year I brought 14 polo ponies to the field for everybody
to ride. Thats how I feel about charity events.