Teams Jump for Good Causes
Dressed in Hollywood-inspired costumes, 29 teams—each made up of three riders—jumped to benefit local nonprofit organizations during the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments , Feb. 3, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. “A Night When Everyone is a Star” was the theme of the event, which distributed $1.5 million to a variety of causes.
The winners— Shane Sweetnam, Lindsey Tomeu and Chloe White— had three clear rounds and the fastest combined time of 88.157 seconds. They were outfitted as characters from the musical “Grease” and backed by team sponsor Spy Coast Farm/Lisa Lourie and Monica Preston and corporate sponsor Dever Golf Carts.
It was the third consecutive win for Sweetnam and Tomeu, whose efforts sent the Challenge’s top prize of $150,000 to the Education Foundation, an organization that facilitates student achievement by supporting quality public education for more than 200,000 children in Palm Beach County.
“We thought we left the door open a little bit,” said Sweetnam. “I had a younger horse, a little bit of change of dynamics to the team. So it wasn’t as fast as last year, but everyone did a great job. Someone had to really take chances to beat us. It’s great for the Education Foundation.”
“It was amazing,” added first-time competitor White. “It’s great that we get to do something that we love and raise money for other people while doing it.”
Since its inception in 2010, the Great Charity Challenge has distributed more than $12.2 million to some 220 local organizations.
Top row, center: The winning team—Shane Sweetnam (left), Lindsey Tomeu and Chloe White—flanked by the second- and third-place finishers of the Great Charity Challenge