Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco and teammate Tracy Wade won Saturday night’s Charity Pro-Am Style & Competition at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles.
The Charity Pro-Am Style & Competition is a unique team class comprising a professional rider and an amateur rider, riding for charity.
Each of the eight teams dressed up in costumes of their choice as they rode to a music selection complimenting their chosen theme. The team with the best style was decided by a celebrity jury composed of James Bond girl Denise Richards, actress Perrey Reeves from Entourage, and KTLA anchor Sam Rubin. Each team was judged on the number of penalties over the fences, the team’s style and elegance, as well as the horse’s style.
The winning team of Cuoco, riding Bionetty, and Wade riding Estano, were dressed as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, and rode to benefit Ride On. In second place, benefiting Thrive Animal Rescue, was Jennifer Gates (Cadence) and Jack Towell (Olympe de Brecey) who dressed in Wizard of Oz characters, while Hannah Selleck (Callway Do Cabo) and Jane Richard Philips (Zekina Z) finished third as Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts on behalf of Longines and Just World International.
The other teams comprised:
- Hillary Ridland and Zilliam Rose and Mary Frances Looke and Labors Wonderboy for Park Place Foundation
- Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka 2 and Jean Christophe Meily and Joel sponsored by The Jules Stewart Project and Sterckx Stables and San Pascual Stables for Wolf Connection
- Kent Farrington and Basic and Alexandra Crown and Charley for Autism Speaks
- Kristin Hardin and Firestone S and Nicolette Hirt and Cascall for Compton Junior Posse
- Edwina Tops-Alexander and Summertyme and Sophie St. Claire and Lady Mecklenburg sponsored by Gucci for Amade.
The night was full of star riders and celebrities, including Bill Gates, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa cheering on their daughters, along with Camilla Belle, Jeannie Mai, Carly Steel, Alison Sweeney, Jean Claude Van Damme and many more.
The feature class of the day was the inaugural Gucci Gold Cup, with 36 of the world’s best riders jumping a course designed by Luc Musette.
World No.1 Scott Brash, US No.1 Beezie Madden, and many more joined Hong Kong Gucci Gold Cup champion John Whitaker in the ring. After a winning round of 12 competitors, French rider Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo HDC claimed top prize with a time of with 35.83 seconds, with McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z in very close second with a time of 35.85 seconds, followed by Edwina Tops-Alexander and Lintea Tequila in third in 36.30 seconds.
Delaveau won his first class of the day, the $34,000 Prix Emirates CSI5*. Only two riders out of a starting field of 21 managed to leave all the rails up to qualify for the jump off. Delaveau, riding 11 year-old Lacrimoso 3 HDC and Lauren Hough, on 11 year-old Cornet 39, were the two riders to jump a second time.