So this is a GREAT event and it’s this weekend. I interviewed Barbara Strawson about this event last year. Take a look and then read a bit more about the awesome things they have going on!

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On the Dancing Horse Challenge:

The 2010 PVDA Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge Jun 26th will be THE equestrian event for 2010 leading up to the World Equestrian Games! We have such an impressive line-up, one too good to be missed so get your tickets now (a suggested $20 donation – free to kids 12 and under) at and support the cause of breast cancer research!

The performances this year for the Dancing Horse Challenge will be truly special with specialty acts coming from all over the country! KYB Dressage, the famed Barteau family, will be performing Broadway acts, stunts, and beautiful freestyles. You don’t need to go to Broadway for the Lion King or to the lake for water-skiing – you can see it all at the Dancing Horse Challenge, including a patriotic tribute to Lee Greenwood’s Proud to be an American.

The Sons of the Wind are coming from Connecticut with their breath-taking Lusitanos. Mr. Vitor Silva and his horses are nationally renowed for their haute ecole “airs above the ground” and perfectly matched quadrille. This is an opportunity to see the very high school movements that have made the Lipizzaners in Vienna world famous.

We have then many wonderful Grand Prix freestyles with such riders confirmed (subject to horses’ being fit) as Michael Barisone, Sue Jaccoma, Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, Lauren Sprieser, and Ali Brock.

On the Gala:

This Black Tie affair goes on before during and after the Dancing Horse Challenge. If people MOVE, tickets are still available up until Tuesday!

Join us for the Celebration of Life – Pretty in Pink Gala the evening of June 26th at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center from to 5 P:M to 12:00. Your $100 toward a great cause provides you with appetizers, dinner, cash bar, free wine and beer, VIP seating at the DHC and great music to dance to through the evening. Get your request in by June 19th by going to (click on gala) or by contacting Jeannette Bair at

On the Silent Auction:

The PVDA , in addition to its great Sioent Auction at the event, is extending it to the country via on-line Auction at through Mission Fish, with items offered by Debbie McDonald , County Saddlery, great art work and a training and dressage experience/vacation offered by the Sons of the Wind! Please let folks know ot go to this link: