Competition Supports Causes
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