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Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® TV Pre-Event Coverage On PBS

WELLINGTON, FLORIDA – December 18, 2003 – G-STAR School of the Arts For Motion Pictures and Television has announced that their six-minute pre-event coverage of the Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon will air on December 21, 2003, on The G-STAR TV Show on PBS. The high school student-produced program is broadcast on WXEL Channel 42 (PBS) at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings and reaches 1.7 million homes.

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, with net proceeds benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida.

Los Angeles-based producer/director Richard Booker of Equus Productions and guided the G-STAR group of ninth grade students through the production of the pre-event segment plus a 30-second promo spot leading up to the December 21 show, and a presentation video for the Make A Wish Foundation. PBS has been airing the 30-second Triathlon promo spot as a Public Service Announcement since early December. Representatives of the Make A Wish Foundation have used the three-minute presentation video in their work to promote the charity and the Triathlon.

The pre-Triathlon show on December 21 features G-STAR student interviews with Samantha Charles, publisher of Sidelines magazine and founder of the Triathlon, and Shawna Harding, a dressage rider who will be competing in the Triathlon for the first time. In production the students cut their interview tapes with video from past Triathlons to create the six-minute segment.

For the final Triathlon project that will air on The G-STAR TV Show on PBS, a team from the school will videotape the competition on December 27 with up to three different cameras and conduct interviews with participants. “Then we’ll edit that together and that will go on to their new series of shows in January,” concluded Booker.

Richard Booker was the perfect choice as a leader for the project. His video and TV credentials range from Janet Jackson to the 1996 Olympic Equestrian home videos. He also produced and directed the 1998 Federation of International Polo Championships, as well as two US Open Championships. G-STAR students used footage from Booker’s collection of polo, dressage, and show jumping tapes to create segments of their Triathlon 30-second promo spot.

For more information about or Equus Productions, contact Richard Booker at or 310-902-3738.

For 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:; Website:


Gates open at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds at noon on December 27, 2003, with a Children’s Fair, Silent Auction, vendor shopping, and a parade before competition begins at 1pm. General admission tickets are $10, children under 12 are admitted free, and VIP seating is available in the Jockey Club with an Outback buffet at $750 for a reserved table of six, or $150 per person on the day of the event. For tickets and tables, contact Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Wilkes & Associates, Inc. at (561) 753-3389 or at


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