Video: Hunter riders cowboy up to win Who Reins Supreme? competition for charity

Peter Pletcher
Peter Pletcher joined fellow hunter trainer and rider Louise Serio to take first place in the “Who Reins Supreme?” competition to benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Photo: Tom Tracy

Edited Press Release

Two world-class riders from each discipline—show jumping, hunter, dressage, and polo—competed in the reining ring at the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) fundraiser, “Who Reins Supreme?” presented by Wellington Classic Dressage. Held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the evening raised funds for EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries, throughout their time of need.

Polo players Nic Roldan and Brandon Phillips, hunters Louise Serio and Peter Pletcher, dressage riders Chris Hickey and Susie Dutta, and jumpers Candice King and Georgina Bloomberg showed off their newfound reining skills in a custom-designed reining pattern created by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Sarah Willeman Richter. The hunter team was victorious, tackling the speedy spins and sliding stops of reining with poise and precision.

“I am proud to be a winner of this year’s EAF reining competition,” said Louise Serio. “Though Peter and I won in the ring, the real victors are the equestrians and horse-related professionals who will be able to receive financial support from EAF thanks to this year’s unprecedented participation in ‘Who Reins Supreme?’.”


In addition to the reining competition, the evening also consisted of the annual EAF Luminary Award presentation. The second annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award was presented to R. Bruce Duchossois for his contributions to equestrian sports and the horse community. Duchossois strives to give back to the industry that has given him so much. He serves on the Executive Board of the EAF, is a trustee of the USET Foundation and co-chair of the USEF’s Owner Taskforce. Duchossois also is an active member of the USHJA, and a board member of the Alltech National Horse Show and the Aiken Training Track.

“I have seen firsthand how EAF changes the lives of men and women who otherwise would not be able to afford medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses, and I am proud to be a part of such an organization” said Duchossois. “It is an honor to be the recipient of the 2013 Luminary Award, and I relish the opportunity to continue to promote the mission of EAF.

Louise Serio
Louise Serio. Photo: Tom Tracy

The signature Taste of Charity, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, offered a sampling of the finest foods and cocktails from some of South Florida’s most esteemed restaurants. Trick riders Brandon Perdue and Gena Cox entertained the crowd, and guests danced to live music into the night. Sean O’Keefe Events managed the event’s production for the third year in a row.

“‘Who Reins Supreme?’ was an enormous success, and we are humbled by the support that both the equestrian and Palm Beach communities have shown us,” said R. Scot Evans, president of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. “In September, EAF reached a milestone of distributing more than $2 million in funding to its recipients since its inception. The money raised at this year’s ‘Who Reins Supreme?’ serves as an integral step toward our next milestone.”

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For more than 16 years, the EAF has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. In September 2012, the EAF reached a milestone of distributing more than $2 million in funding to its recipients throughout its history. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Learn more at, or @ride4hope.



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