Articles: Press Release
Jane Hannigan to Perform Unique Freestyle Honoring
Breast Cancer Survivors at the Challenge of the Americas
Jane Hannigan will perform a freestyle honoring breast cancer survivors
at the Challenge of the Americas. Photo By: Rebecca Walton.
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Wellington, FL - February 20, 2009 - Jane Hannigan, who represented the
United States Dressage Team at the 2008 World Cup Finals, will perform a
unique freestyle at this year's Challenge of the Americas (COTA). The music
used during the freestyle will feature artists that have survived breast
cancer, such as Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, and Anastacia. The Challenge
of the Americas is an exciting annual fundraising event for Breast Cancer
Research, which features the top dressage riders from across the
country. This year's event will be held at the International Polo Club March
When asked to donate her time to the event, Hannigan was very quick to
agree. She also participated in a similar fundraiser in Virginia. Hannigan
will be riding her 15-year-old Warmblood, Maximilian. "I've had him since he
was six, and I trained him myself," she explained. "Max is great in
crowds. Events like this are when I have the most fun riding him. Now I just
need ideas on how to dress him in pink, which will be a lot of fun. I'll
have help from my nieces too, who are five and seven-years-old"
Hannigan explained, "My grandmother, Doris, had breast cancer and survived
the chemotherapy. This is a cause that hits home. She survived because of
the research that they've been doing all along. It's something that is
Mary Ross, Founder of the Challenge of the Americas, is thrilled about this
new addition to the event's line-up. "I think this will really help get the
message across about why we host the Challenge every year," she said. "This
is the first time we will be adding a performance like this to the lineup. I
feel honored that Jane Hannigan agreed to perform, and it's extra special
because breast cancer research is a cause that is an important cause to
her. This event is about more than the competition; it is about raising
money for a truly worthwhile cause. If we can have fun while we do it, that
makes it even better!"
Betsy Steiner, a member of Team Purina Mills USA at COTA, added, "I think
it's a fabulous cause to support. It's great that we riders can give
something back. I think it's a wonderful thing for us to be able to do."
The Challenge of the Americas is celebrating its eighth consecutive
year. The event will feature performances by top equestrians Susan Jaccoma,
Oded Shimoni, John Ingram, Ashley Holzer, and Courtney King.
The main event each year is the quadrille competition between Team Purina
Mills USA, and Team International: The Seley parker Group of Merrill
Lynch. Team Purina Mills USA will include: Betsy Steiner, Pamela Goodrich,
John Zapati, James Koford, Chris Hickey, and George Williams. Team
International: The Seley Parker Group of Merrill Lynch will include: Marco
Bernal, Patrick Burssens, Heather Bender, Shannon Dueck, Katherine
Bateson-Chandler, and Juan Matute.
The two teams spend six weeks preparing for the big event. Choreography and
music are kept a secret from the opposing team until the performance
begins. "This year is going to be supreme. It's going to be really good and
very exciting. We're going to rock the house!" said Team Purina Mills USA
choreographer Terri Gallo.
The Challenge Gala, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, will get
underway immediately following the competition. An awards presentation will
be featured and guests will have the chance to meet and socialize with
riders and judges.
2009 Challenge of the Americas - Ticket and Table Reservations
To make reservations for the Challenge Gala & VIP Box Seating, contact Mary
Ross at 561-852-2591. General Admission tickets can be purchased at the
gate on the evening of the event.
For more information on Challenge of the Americas, please visit www.challengeoftheamericas.com.