Projects and Debbie Stephens
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA-January 17th and 18th:
The Winter Equestrian Festival would like to announce on the weekend
of January 17th and 18th a fundraising event to raise the awareness
to cure paralysis. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nick Buoniconti
Fund and benefit The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project
to Cure Paralysis and Jackson Memorial Hospital will be working with
the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival to provide proper health care
to our equestrians.
Last year Grand Prix rider Debbie Stephen's was critically injured
from a fall from her horse. During the first 48 hours of her injury
Debbie received improper care which could have ended her career as
a professional athlete. Debbie attributes her proper care and rehabilitation
to The Miami Project and Dr. Bartholomew Green, "It is long overdue
that the equestrian community has the accessibility to top physicians
after an injury to rehabilitate them and get them back to their competitive
state, and The Miami Project will provide this for all of us."
After Debbie's injury last year she has dedicated herself to raise
the awareness for a cure for paralysis and the immediate need to bring
proper healthcare to the equestrian community nationwide, "It
is inevitable that we are going to get hurt, but it is not inevitable
that we need to be delayed by improper care."
A full weekend of events is scheduled and includes some of the worlds
leading equestrian athletes. This fundraiser is a first in equestrian
history where top athletes of the sport have been pulled together
at the same time. Fifteen or more clinics will be offered and feature
current and former Olympic team members. These professionals will
be donating their time, knowledge, and skill in several disciplines.
The clinics include hunters, jumpers, demonstrations, and course design.
This spectacular weekend of superstars is sure to grab everyone's
interest. Auditors are welcome free of charge, however donations are
encouraged. A silent auction is going to be held on Saturday evening
in conjunction with the Winter Equestrian Festival kickoff exhibitor
party. For more information please contact: (570) 881-5854