Com­pe­ti­tion Sup­ports Causes

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Teams of show-jump­ing pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs dressed in cos­tume com­peted for char­i­ties of their choice Feb. 4 dur­ing the Great Char­ity Chal­lenge at the Win­ter Equestrian Fes­ti­val in Welling­ton, Florida. Dressed as the Flint­stones, the team of Shane Sweet­nam, Lind­sey Tomeu and Se­dona Cham­blee earned the top prize of $150,000 for Ur­ban Youth Im­pact, an or­ga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to “love, equip and em­power in­nercity youth.”

All three rid­ers cleared the course without fault and clocked the fastest com­bined time—85.27 sec­onds—for the win. Sweet­nam and Tomeu were also part of the win­ning team in 2016.

“It is a fan­tas­tic cause, not just for our team, but for a lot of dif­fer­ent foun­da­tions in the area,” said Sweet­nam, the pro­fes­sional rider who an­chored her team. “I do not know if there is any­thing else like it in the coun­try or any­where re­ally. Ev­ery year we try to do our best for what­ever cause we are given. Ob­vi­ously, the girls did a great job and I just fin­ished it off. They were re­ally mo­tor­ing, so it was great.”

Now in its eighth year, the GCC has do­nated more than $10 mil­lion to Palm Beach County. This year, a record $1.5 mil­lion was do­nated to 35 lo­cal char­i­ties.

From left: Se­dona Cham­blee, Shane Sweet­nam and Lind­sey Tomeu

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