Wellington, FL - February 18, 2011 - Artisan Farms and junior rider Caitlin Ziegler are proud to announce the Young Riders Carnival to be held at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Saturday, February 19, 2011. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. just before the start of the FTI Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®, the Young Riders Carnival will be held at the spectator entrance of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The carnival, hosted by junior rider Caitlin Ziegler, will raise money to benefit charity.
From Milwaukee, WI, Ziegler is a top junior rider with high profile wins in the hunters and jumpers at WEF, Spruce Meadows, Syracuse and elsewhere. This year she has been High Junior Jumper champion at WEF, competed in her first WEF Grand Prix and is high in the early standings of the Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series. Ziegler trains with Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze and top hunter trainer Cookie Beck out of her family's Artisan Farms, LLC.
Chair of the Young Riders Committee of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and Founder of the Young Rider Carnival, Ziegler is thrilled to open the carnival to everyone in the community this year and explained, "It is exciting that an event we literally started in our back yard has grown to be part of the Great Charity Challenge, touching a much broader audience and raising awareness for so many worthwhile organizations," Ziegler stated. "The carnival gives kids a chance to have fun away from the pressure of the show ring, give back to the community and have a great time doing it. I am thrilled to be able to expose people to the mission of not only the Equestrian Aid Foundation, but all the groups represented at the Great Charity Challenge."
A huge hit in its first years, the Young Riders Carnival will feature many fun and exciting opportunities for participants to enjoy this year as they make their way in for the evening's events. The carnival will feature an obstacle course, bounce houses, a petting zoo, rock climbing, face painting, a balloon artist, parachute rides, delicious carnival food, and much more.
A special feature this year will include live animals visiting from the Palm Beach Zoo. Representatives will bring exotic live animals to the Special Events Pavilion overlooking the International Arena for an exciting experience for all carnival goers.
In only its second year, the FTI Great Charity Challenge will begin with opening ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. and has raised more than one million dollars to benefit 32 Palm Beach charities at an exciting Pro-Am show jumping family event. The event features the top riders in the sport including Olympic riders.
In 1996 the Equestrian AIDS Foundation was established to assist those with HIV/Aids. Recognizing a broader need, the organization changed its name and scope. The Equestrian Aid Foundation's mission is to build a membership based organization to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing direct financial support for their medical or other basic needs. It is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides grant recipients funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as housing and food throughout their time of need. For more information, visit www.equestrianaidfoundation.org.
For more information on the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and the FTI Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®, please visit www.equestriansport.com.