Funds raised from the event will support the preparation and participation of the U.S. equestrian teams for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation will host an exciting benefit event on Friday, March 22, 2024, in the Del Mar Arena at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. The “Equestrians in Paris” event will raise critical funds to support the U.S. equestrian teams that are headed for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, France.
“Our supporters on the West Coast play an integral role in furthering the USET Foundation’s mission, so I am delighted to be hosting a 2024 Olympic and Paralympic benefit event, ‘Equestrians in Paris,’ in Del Mar,” said Lisa Munro, Director of Development, USET Foundation. “Many world-class U.S. equestrian athletes got their starts or are currently based in California and on the West Coast. We’re fortunate to be able to cheer them on as they proudly represent our country on the greatest international stages.
“With the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games just months away, it’s important to show our appreciation to our devoted donors and supporters who have contributed greatly to the thriving West Coast equestrian community,” continued Munro. “Thanks to them, we’re able to bring U.S. equestrian athletes’ Olympic and Paralympic dreams to life.”
“Equestrians in Paris” will be hosted by honorary chairman Mark Wahlberg, 2023 Miss California Sabrina Lewis, and benefit co-chairs Sean Caddell, Katherine Annie Finch, Laura Maloney, Patricia Mayer, and Francie Nilforushan, as well as several athlete host committee and benefit committee members. The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. followed by dinner served at 6:30 p.m., and entertainment presented by Halter Ego.
In addition to music, there will be live equestrian performances also presented by Halter Ego from several top athletes including world champion vaulters and Olympic dressage medalists Guenter Seidel, Steffen Peters, and Sabine Schut-Kery, as well as FEI Dressage World Equestrian Games bronze medalist Kathleen Raine. Olympic show jumping gold medalist Will Simpson will also lead a unique demonstration with his daughter and NAYC show jumping gold and bronze medalist Sophie Simpson-Leckie. A play on the popular Netflix television series Emily in Paris, the “Equestrians in Paris” benefit is an opportunity for guests to don their best Parisian-inspired cocktail attire.
Interested individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets and tables as early as possible and no later than Tuesday, March 12, 2024, as “Equestrians in Paris” is expected to sell out.
Tables and reserved seating are available on a first come, first served basis.
For additional information about “Equestrians in Paris” and to purchase a table or ticket in support of the USET Foundation and the U.S. equestrian athletes headed to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, visit USET.org/eip-gala.