The Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) announces the return of nationally renowned Vitor Silva and the Sons of the Wind sponsored by Dover Saddlery, to the PVDA Ride for Life, a fundraiser for The Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. The Sons of the Wind and Mr. Silva are famous for exhilarating airs above the ground and quadrilles and have been featured at the Boston Portuguese Festival, Bear Spot Freestyle, and many other locations.
The Sons of the Wind, joined by their famous and extraordinary Lusitano horses, are performing at the Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge on June 25, 2011. The Sons of the Wind School for the Equestrian Arts, based in Merrimac, Massachusetts was founded by Portuguese trainer, Vitor Silva. With its dedication to classical training, the center provides Lusitano school masters developed by Mr. Silva to amateur enthusiasts, instructors and competitive riders from around the world.
The Dancing Horse Challenge, will be held on Saturday, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m.) on Saturday, June 25th. Hailed as one of the premier equestrian nights on the East Coast, ticket holders will experience equestrian prowess, music, lights and theatrical performances.
The Sons of the Wind will be joining a fabulous line up of performers including the Barteau’s of KYB Dressage, sponsored by Nutrena,, and other top FEI professionals. Additional riders on the bill to perform musical freestyles include; Bent Jensen, an Olympian, Grand Prix champion and trainer; Shannon Dueck --World Cup and Grand Prix champion and Pan AM Games Silver Medalist; Jane Hannigan (Grand Prix rider) and Dutch Chapman, a two-time NRHA World Champion and acclaimed trainer. For updates about participating riders and their performances, visit www.pvdarideforlife.org
The PVDA Ride for Life™ Dancing Horse Challenge has become one of the largest equestrian freestyle performances in the Mid-Atlantic Region popular with both the sport horse and non-equestrian communities. The event, which takes place at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has raised over $320,000 for The Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. The Ride for Life is proudly sponsored by Prix St. Georges Corporate sponsors Dover Saddlery, Nutrena Feeds, Dressage Training Online and County Saddlery. 2011 Media sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, The Gazette, Citypeek.com, The Equiery, Dressage Today, Modern Babies &Children, Wedding 411 on Demand, The Daily Record, MyCity4Her.com, Key103, 106.9 The Eagle, Corridor Inc, Downtown Diane, Washington Parent, The Jewish Times and Washington Post Postpoints. (more)
About The PVDA
The Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) is the second oldest dressage club in the United States. Founded in 1964 in Gaithersburg, Md., it is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes the art and sport of dressage by providing leadership, education, scholarships and competitions. PVDA membership encompasses dressage enthusiasts in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. For more information, visit www.pvdarideforlife.org.
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