2003 Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon Presented By Outback
Steakhouse Set For March 10
FL (February 13, 2003) The third annual Sidelines Equestrian
Triathlon Presented By Outback Steakhouse will be presented on Monday,
March 10, 2003, starting at noon, at the Outback Polo Club on Southfields
Road in West Palm Beach, Florida. Its the perfect event
for Sidelines to do because Sidelines covers dressage, show jumping,
and polo. Its a natural tie-in for us, said Samantha
Charles, publisher of Sidelines and organizer of the event. My
plan is to eventually run triathlons around the country.
previous years, the triathlon was held as a charity benefit. The
$25 admission ticket helped fund equestrians stricken with terminal
illness, and the admission charge included an Outback lunch. This
year admission will be free to all equestrians and lunch will be
provided at a nominal fee. Tim Gannon, a lifelong polo player and
one of the three founding members of Outback Steakhouse and Carabas
restaurant chains, has donated his private polo club for the event
every year, and continues to be the presenting sponsor as well as
the events lunch concessionaire.
Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon features top riders in three disciplines
who compete against each other in four teams of three riders. Previous
participants have included such illustrious names as high-goal polo
players Adolfo Cambiaso, Bautista Heguy, Adam Snow, Sugar Erskine,
Rubin Gracida, Mike Azzaro, Sunny Hale; and grand prix show jumpers
Todd Minikus, Lauren Hough, Chris Kappler, Peter Leone, Debbie Stephens,
Chris Cauley, Neil Shapiro; as well as dressage riders Michelle
Gibson, Susan Dutta, Marco Benal, Bent Jensen, Jan Brons, Marcia
Kulak, and Patrick Burssens.
competition includes a dressage test ridden by the polo players
and jumpers; a Gamblers Choice jump course ridden by the polo
players and dressage riders; and wraps up with a polo match where
each team plays two chukkers. The team that accumulates the highest
number of total points from all three phases wins the Triathlon.
The trophy presentation is fashioned after the Olympics and the
teams win Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter medals. The Best
Horse in each discipline receives an award as well as the
Most Valuable Player for each discipline.
first triathlon was held at Outback Polo as a benefit for an angel
of polo, Joanna Monaco, on March 5, 2001. More than 2,000 people
turned out to watch the riders and enjoy the barbecue. Last year
the event was a benefit for another polo friend, Paul Rizzo, who
was suffering from inoperable cancer. This year the event will not
be a charity benefit, but instead a way for both Sidelines and Tim
Gannon of Outback to give back to the equestrian community.
Lake Worth Rd: West on Lake Worth Rd to the dead end South
Shore, turn right. At first right, South Fields Rd, turn right.
Go around bend, one mile to Outback Polo Club, entrance on right.
Forest Hill Blvd: West on Forest Hill Blvd to South Shore Blvd,
turn left. Travel three miles (just past Palm Beach Polo Stadium)
turn left on Pierson Rd. Travel 1/2 mile to South Fields Rd, turn
right. Travel 1/4 mile to Outback Polo Club on left.
Lake Worth Rd - Traveling west on Lake Worth Rd, turn right on 120th
Ave just past the Polo Park High School. Travel 1/4 mile, turn in
to first driveway on left.
Pierson Rd - Traveling west on Pierson Rd, turn left at traffic
circle onto 120th Ave. Turn in to third driveway on right.
For information, call 561 795-4850.