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8/ THE RIDER EXTRA FEBRUARY 2010
Brian Lookabill Wins
2010 Equestrian Idol Title!
WELLINGTON, FL - February 16, 2010 - Equestrians “I feel great,” smiled Lookabill after his win. “This is a
from all disciplines gathered on Friday, February 12, 2010, good cause, The EQUUS Foundation helps quite a few dif-
to enjoy the Equestrian Idol Musical Talent Show where the ferent charities and organizations, and I think they’ve done
top prize of the evening was awarded to Brian Lookabill. a good job of keeping this event exciting each year. I’ve
Eight talented performers vied for the crown, but Looka- been a part of it every year since year one and there has
bill’s amazing performance won over the judges and earned been some unbelievable talent come through, and I’m excit-
him the 2010 title. As the winner of this year’s top prize, ed to finally make it to the top. The second song was just a
Lookabill will sing the National Anthem at an upcoming song that I love to sing, I love John Bon Jovi, and I really
polo match at the International Polo Club. He will also have enjoy getting loud with that song, and I knew it was one
the opportunity to sing during an upcoming Cavalia perfor- that the crowd would get into. I thought it might be a win-
mance. The event sponsored by Foundation Farm, held in ner.”
the Grand Marquee Tent at the International Polo Club Lookabill has been involved with the equestrian indus-
Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida, raised over $135,000 try for over 18 years, and is currently a horse show
for The EQUUS Foundation. announcer at the some of the top competitions throughout
The EQUUS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foun- the country.
dation that seeks to educate the public on the significant This year’s winner earned the opportunity to sing dur-
impact of horses in our everyday lives and award grants to ing an upcoming Cavalia performance. Cavalia is a multi-
charities that use the horse for the benefit of the public, pro- media extravaganza that features more than 100 two- and
mote horse welfare, and advance the equestrian sport. The four-legged artists, including beautiful horses of 12 breeds,
polo club tent was filled to capacity as guests enjoyed the riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and live musicians.
open bar and hors d’oeuvres, while bidding on silent auc- “There has always been a great prize here,” noted
tion items, donated by generous individuals, national and Lookabill. “They really ramped it up this year by giving
local retailers, and vendors from the Winter Equestrian Fes- you the opportunity as a musician to go to an internationally
tival. A delicious buffet dinner, catered by Aaron’s Catering recognized event and perform in front of a major crowd.
of Wellington, followed and the entertainment began. I’m really excited, but I also know it’s going to take a lot of
For the second year in a row, Mason Phelps, Jr. kicked work.”
off the evening by thanking everyone for attending and Auction and Gift Sponsors for this year’s event includ-
acknowledging the many wonderful sponsors. In addition to ed Aaron’s Catering, Adequan, Beval Saddlery Ltd.,
Title Sponsor Foundation Farm & Visse Wedell, Bobbie & bluhorse clothing, Bobbie Braun, Cavalia, Cavalleria
Derek Braun & Split Rock Farm, Mary & Mike Carpenter, Toscana, Equine Artistry by Barbara, Equalign Chiropractic
Gray & Jerry Fadden, Diane & Regis Lippert, and Clea Systems, Euro-American Saddlery, Floor Specialists Inc.,
Newman attended as Gold Medal Sponsors; Burr Associ- Gracie Street Interior Design, Inc. Studio & Boutique,
ates and Jenny Belknap Kees & Timmy Kees, generously Hampton Classic Horse Show, Sharon Packer & Horse
supported the Foundation as Silver Medal Sponsors. Bronze Sports Photography, LLC, HorseTV, Hunt Ltd., Just Horse
Medal Sponsors included Patricia Adikes-Hill & The Videos Worldwide, International Polo Club Palm Beach,
Adikes Family Foundation, Eleanor Bright & Mr. & Mrs. KIDS on the beach & Rumor Has It, Philip Levine & Com-
Charles Jacobs, Lawrence D’Addario, Patricia Keenan & panion Dogs Ltd., Olympic Performance Massage Therapy
Ann T. D’Addario Family Foundation, East Wind LLC & & Bodywork, Origins Natural Resources, Parlanti, Mason
SCNC Investments Inc., Louisburg Farm, Quiet Corner
Photo Credit: Brian Lookabill was named the winner of the
Phelps, Jr., Pilates Rocks, Pink Sands Resort, Harbour
Farm, Ivan Rakowsky & Marge Goldstein-Engle, Sandcas-
2010 Equestrian Idol Musical Talent Show. Photo by: Jessi-
Island, Bahamas, Polo Gear/Pologirl, Rick Raphael &
tle Farm, Richard Schechter & Bainbridge Farm, Sleepy P
ca Nemzoff/Phelps Media Group.
Leslie Fuller of Raphael Photography, Frank Roccanova,
Ranch, Steeple Chase Farm Foundation, The Strauss Fami-
bidder. For an impressive $3,100, Gretchen Holtz won the
RV Sales of Broward, Robin & Phil Schonberger, Smart-
ly, and Mimi Tashjian.
opportunity to join the judges and throw in her critiques.
Pak, Tiffany & Co. in Palm Beach Gardens, Turner & Co.,
“On behalf of the EQUUS Foundation Board, we
This year’s Equestrian Idol hopefuls included newcom-
Wellington-WEF.com, LLC and Windsor Manor.
would like to thank the Equestrian Community once again
ers Jordan LaPlaca, Colton Mason, and Rick Rockefeller-
The EQUUS Foundation has awarded over $1.3 mil-
for their support of Equestrian Idol,” said Jenny Belknap-
Silvia and returning performers Heather Caristo, Hillary
lion in grants since 2003 to charities that help horses and
Kees, Chairman of the Board for The EQUUS Foundation,
Dobbs, Casey Hodges, Brian Lookabill, and Dianna Brick-
help horses help people. This has been accomplished almost
Inc. “It is the performers, judges and fans that make Eques-
er.
entirely from event attendance.
trian Idol a success. Without their enthusiasm, we would
Four contestants were called back to sing a second
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors
not be able to achieve our mission of helping horses and the
song for the judges after the first round of performances
representing a cross-section of the equestrian community,
people who love and care for them.”
came to a close. This year’s finalists included Heather
including supporters, participants, and professionals. The
The 2008 Equestrian Idol winner, Ki-Juan Minors
Caristo, Hillary Dobbs, Brian Lookabill, and Jordan LaPla-
Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman, Catherine
opened the show with an impressive performance singing
ca. It was Brian Lookabill’s rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Want-
Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin,
Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life”. Jen White Kane,
ed: Dead or Alive” that had the crowd on their feet and
Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, David Dis-
the 2009 Equestrian Idol was next on stage to sing “If I
stole the show.
tler, Gray Fadden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman
Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. Following their perfor-
Leslie Howard expressed, “That was great entertain-
Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.
mances, the esteemed panel of judges was introduced.
ment!” Frank Madden added, “You were so comfortable
For additional information on The EQUUS Founda-
The evening’s judges included renowned equestrians
with that song, it really fit you. You had the crowd going
tion, Inc., visit www.equusfoundation.org, or contact The
Frank Madden, Margie Goldstein-Engle, Leslie Howard
and you did a great job!”
EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport,
and Bradley Grill of Cavalia. For the second year in a row a
Brian Lookabill was named the 2010 Equestrian Idol
CT 06880, Telephone (203) 259-1550, E-mail equus@equ-
spot for an additional judge was auctioned off to the highest
as the sellout crowd celebrated.
usfoundation.org.
BBRM Class Presents:
Career Night
Wednesday March 17, 2010
interest among those looking for equine-
related careers.
The University of Guelph, Kemptville
The Bachelor of Bio-Resource Manage-
Campus is holding it’s annual career night
ment class is a degree program developed to
and you are invited to attend and advertise
teach students about the equine industry, its money. All proceeds from the draws will go Help the BBRM students with your
your profession.
business perspectives and current technolo- towards the BBRM trip to the World Eques- attendance, sponsorship or booth and/or pre-
There are options of providing door
gies. This class is organizing the evening trian Games in Kentucky in September of sentation and contact one of the committee
prizes and/or setting up a booth and present-
and inviting several industry professionals to 2010. members below.
ing for 10 minutes on a career in your seg-
join and present to the students in the other Featured sponsors will be advertised
ment of the equine industry.
equine programs. With a large variety of around the facility during the event, and will Liz Forbes
This is an evening created to provide
career ideas, students will hopefully be guid- be listed in programs given out by Universi- lforbes@kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca
opportunities for students and people of all
ed and inspired towards a specific place in ty of Guelph, Kemptville Campus at this Mackenzie Moore
ages to explore the equine industry and
the industry. event. Sponsors will also be announced mmoor2@kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca
speak with a variety of current professionals.
Students running the event are also raf- throughout the evening. Laura Weller
This networking event hopes to spark an
fling door prizes in hope to raise some lweller@kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca
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