Del Mar, CA – May 10, 2012 – On May 4, 2012, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation hosted a benefit in support of the United States Equestrian Olympic Team at the Del Mar National Horse Show. The event helped raise over $30,000 in support of the Olympic and Paralympic efforts. Two hundred guests attended the exciting event, which featured margaritas, fiesta food, music and a live auction at Barn W of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Robin Parsky, USET Foundation Trustee and Co-Chair of the Development Committee, chaired the event with her husband Gerry Parsky. She kicked off the festivities by welcoming guests and thanking the Committee, and then went on to recognize Rich Fellers for his recent victory at the 2012 FEI Rolex Show Jumping World Cup Finals with Mollie and Harry Chapman’s Flexible. She presented Fellers and the Chapmans with a custom designed poster displaying photos from that most memorable day in The Netherlands.
The live auction got underway next with Gerry Parsky acting as auctioneer and leading the bidding was Roxanna Foxx as the generous bidder and winner of the signed Rich Fellers and Flexible poster. 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson donated two clinics which included Will cooking dinner for the clinic participants. One was purchased by Linda Starkman and the other by Patti Brutten. Jami Heidegger was also thick in the bidding, taking home a case of wine, donated by Linda Starkman and Cathy Colmar, and a beautiful Olympic pin adorned in diamonds and other precious gems, donated by Janet Foy, perfect for the 2012 London Olympics.