New Format, Venue for 2011 Equestrian Idol

A new format and venue has been announced for the fifth year of Equestrian Idol, to take place on February 4, 2011 in Wellington, Fla.
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A new format and venue has been announced for the fifth year of Equestrian Idol, to take place on February 4, 2011 in Wellington, Fla.

November 17, 2010 -- 2011 will mark the 5th year for The Equestrian Idol to be held on Friday, February 4, 2011 in Wellington, Fla., and everything will be new about it!

The Idol event will feature a new format where the past Idol winners will pair up with contestants in a musical cabaret. Taylor Blauweiss, Ki-Juan Minors, Jen White Kane and Brian Lookabill are coming back to perform with Dianna Bricker, Hillary Dobbs, Casey Hodges and newcomers, Teaghan James and Robert Orthwein. Three more contestants are expected.

Mason Phelps, Jr. will again serve as the master of ceremonies. Patricia Keenan and Catherine Herman have taken on the challenge of chairing the 2011 event and making it even better than before. New for 2011, the audience will vote through live mobile texting.

Equestrian Idol will be the first event to be held in the "new" Grand Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach and will showcase cutting edge culinary catering trends and the latest in food styling of the new International Polo Club Catering Company.

Are you an Equestrian Idol hopeful? The EQUUS Foundation is issuing an open call for three new performers. Anyone interested in competing should contact Lynn Coakley, The EQUUS Foundation, at (203) 259-1550 or via e-mail at equus@equusfoundation.org.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. raises its funds almost entirely from event attendance and awarded grants to 60 equestrian and horse-related charities in 2010, bringing the total awards to over $1.5 million since its first awards in 2003. Tables of eight seats are available as follows: Gold: $5,000, Silver: $3,200 and Bronze: $2,400; Individual seats for the Equestrian Idol event are $150 per person.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at www.equusfoundation.org or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, email to equus@equusfoundation.org.