Broadcast Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® On PBS
FL November 6, 2003 G-STAR School of the Arts For
Motion Pictures and Television has signed up as a sponsor for the
upcoming Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon®. As part of the sponsorship,
G-STAR will air coverage of the event on The G-STAR TV Show on PBS,
a high school student-produced program broadcast on WXEL Channel
42 (PBS). The show reaches 1.7 million homes from North Miami to
Orlando to Vero Beach on Sundays at 8:00 AM. The Fourth Annual Sidelines
Equestrian Triathlon will be held December 27, 2003, in the Internationale
Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida.
from G-STAR, guided by their award-winning instructors in TV and
film, will produce two in-depth programs on the Triathlon. We
are doing a piece and a show before the event, and then a show after
the event, explained film producer Greg Hauptner, the founder
and co-principal of the G-STAR School. Its a weekly
half-hour show, and we are planning to use the whole half hour for
the Triathlon for both programs.
is a Florida Public Charter High School in Wellington, now in its
fifth year of operation. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
G-STAR works in collaboration with the School District of Palm Beach
County, as well as the business community, civic and community organizations,
and TV and movie production companies.
G-STAR crew producing the Triathlon shows is comprised of all ninth
graders. The work that they are doing for just one semester
is just incredible, said Hauptner. Theyre turning
out wonderful stuff! The students plan to include pre-event
behind-the-scenes footage with the riders and horses; a segment
on the Make A Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, the beneficiary
of the Triathlon; interviews with representatives of the national
equestrian sport magazine Sidelines, and Triathlon presenting sponsors
Village Animal Clinic and Outback Steakhouse. Segments will also
feature the team competitions in dressage, show jumping, and polo.
of our students and children have owned horses and are horsemen
themselves, Hauptner points out. Its an exciting
event and the connection between student/child and horses is very
special. Unlike any other pet, a horse becomes an integral part
of the childs working with an animal. The horse becomes part
of you as youre riding it and the two respond together as
one. Thats a unique relationship thats not found anywhere
else, and wed like to bring that to our television audience.
Triathlon features 12 top riders on four teams of three, with a
specialist in dressage, show jumping and polo on each team. The
teams compete against each other in three phases a dressage
freestyle to music, a hit-and-hurry jump course, and two chukkers
of polo. The winner of the Triathlon is the team that accumulates
the highest number of total points from all three phases.
at noon, the Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon features a holiday theme
with activities for the whole family including a raffle, pony rides,
clowns, hair braiding for kids, and shopping at vendor booths. A
parade will kick off the event and a half-time show will entertain
before chukkers. Wrapping up the festivities will be an Olympic-style
awards presentation for the athletes and a wish presentation to
one of the Make-A-Wish children.
Triathlon VIP tables are available at $750, which includes seating
for six, the Outback Steakhouse lamb-and-shrimp buffet, and a ringside
view. Non-reserved seating in the VIP pavilion will be available
at $150 per person and includes the buffet. General admission tickets
are $10, with children 12 and under admitted free (they must be
accompanied by an adult). Triathlon sponsorship packages are available.
more information on the Triathlon, contact Sidelines, 11320 Fortune
Circle, Suite G-14, Wellington, FL 33414; Tel: (561) 790-6506; Fax:
(561) 790-6686; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website:
more information on G-STAR School of the Arts For Motion Pictures
and Television, contact Greg Hauptner, 2030 S. Congress Ave., Bldg.
A, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; Tel: (561) 967-2023; (Fax) 561-963-8975;
E-mail: email@example.com; Website: www.gstarschool.org.