International riders for $100K Trump invitational

Nick Skelton and Big Star
Nick Skelton and Big Star. © Sportfot

Riders from 10 countries will vie for next Sunday’s $100,000 Trump Invitational at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Palm Beach Island.

They include London 2012 team gold medalists Nick Skelton and Ben Maher from Britain, and several other present and past Olympians.

The Trump Invitational will be a fundraiser for the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, an event that raises and distributes over $1 million annually for 32 Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition that takes place in late January. The FTI GCC event was founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige, and has raised and distributed over $2.7 million over the last three years. The event is targeting to raise $1.3 million this year.

Mar-a-Lago, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post Estate purchased and restored by Donald Trump in 1985, is one of the most spectacular mansions in the world and in the national register of historic places and a designated US National Landmark. It will be the first ever equestrian event held on Palm Beach Island.

London 2012 Olympic dressage rider Tina Konyot will perform a five-minute dressage demonstration on Calecto V following the first round and before the jump-off of the show jumping event.

Konyot will show her striking musical freestyle to the music of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”

Riders invited to compete in the inaugural $100,000 Trump Invitational:
From the United States:
Kent Farrington
Laura Kraut
Reed Kessler
Mclain Ward
Lauren Hough
Katie Dinan
Brianne Goutal
Christine McCrea
Saer Coulter
Charlie Jayne
Candice King
Margie Engle
Jessica Springsteen
Leslie Howard
Kirsten Coe
Schuyler Riley
Catherine Pasmore
Lauren Tisbo
Quentin Judge
Paige Johnson
Nicole Bellissimo
Gabrielle Mershad
Nick Dello Joio

As well as:
Nick Skelton (GBR)
Ben Maher (GBR)
Alvaro de Miranda Neto (BRA)
Shane Sweetnam (IRL)
Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA)
Daniel Bluman (COL)
Danielle Goldstein (ISR)
Richie Moloney (IRL)
Tiffany Foster (CAN)
Tim Gredley (GBR)
Athina Onassis de Miranda (GRC)
Luis Larrazabal (VEN)
Mark Bluman (COL)



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