Pro-Ams Camp it up at L.A. Masters

By October 4, 2015
Kaley Cuoco as Luke Skywalker, on horseback

The Force is with Kaley Cuoco, who rode as Luke Skywalker in the Pro-Am.
(Photo: Katie Jones / Rex USA)

When in Hollywood, do as the stars do. In the case of the Longines Los Angeles Masters Pro-Am Style & Ride Competition, that meant donning costumes and acting out character parts. Eduardo Menezes as the Big Bad Wolf, Hannah Selleck imagined as Alice in Wonderland, Kaley Cuoco channeling Luke Skywalker and Jack Towell and Jennifer Gates as the Scarecrow and Dorothy.

Those were just some of the colorful characters to delight a teeming Saturday night crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As celebrity judges Denise Richards, Perrey Reeves and Sam Rubin assessed the action, professional and amateur riders tag-teamed to put on a show, complete with music and extras.

Representing eight different charities, each team was welcomed to the ring with some theme music, and occasionally by a scurrying support cast that helped enact their skit. Then the amateur riders proceeded to jump a 1.10m course, followed by the professionals, who tackled 1.20m jumps. The judges seemed lax about time, throwing more weight on the entertainment factor.

Accessorized by Storm Troopers and climaxing with a light saber battle with Darth Vader (Karen Healey Stables‘ Tracey Wade), Cuoco’s Star Wars spin won the day for Ride On. Richards, a “Bond Girl,” “Entourage” cast-member Reeves, and Rubin, an anchor at KTLA,  judged the “best style” using metrics including penalties over fences, the team’s look and elegance and the horse’s style.

Other worthy causes on the field included Amade, Autism Speaks, The Compton Jr. Posse, Just World, Park Place Foundation, Thrive Animal Rescue and Wolf Connection. Each charity received a check from $35,000 from EEM, raising more than $200,000 for charity.

The event was a big hit at the inaugural Longines Masters of Los Angeles last year, and show producer EEM also schedules the fund-raiser at Longines Masters Series shows in Paris and Hong Kong, although typically for a single charity (such as Amade, Princess Caroline of Monaco’s cause). “In Los Angeles, we decided to do it a bit differently and open it up to several charities,” EEM’s U.S. Event Manager Matthieu Gheyson explained. “It confirms the commitment of the organizers and partners, not to mention that of the competition’s riders, to benefit deserving organizations.”

Kayley Cuoco and Star Wars team at charity event

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kayley Cuoco and the Star Wars team win Best of Show. (Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)

Jennifer Gates as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Little red riding boots on Jennifer Gates, as Dorothy. (Photo: Katie Jones / Rex USA)


Jack Towell and Jennifer Gates channel The Wizard of Oz

Jack Towell prepares to hit the yellow brick jumper course with Jennifer Gates.
(Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)


Eduardo Menezes as the Big Bad Wolf

Wolf whistles greet Eduoardo Menezes, who rode his magnificent Caruschka 2 on behalf of The Wolf Connection. (Photo: Katie Jones / Rex USA)


Edwina Tops-Alexander dresses up in theme of Bohemian Rhapsody

Gucci ambassador Edwina-Tops-Alexander incorporates team colors in an act inspired by “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Photo: Katie Jones / Rex USA)


Hannah Selleck is frocked and bowed as Alice in Wonderland

Hannah in Wonderland — the daughter of Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack raises funds for Just World. (McCool Photography for EEM)


Riding as the pro for Team Selleck, Jane Richard Philips as the Queen of Hearts. (Photo: Alison Dyer / Rex USA)

Riding as the pro for Team Selleck, Jane Richard Philips as the Queen of Hearts.
(Photo: Alison Dyer / Rex USA)


Mary Frances Looke as Wonder Woman

Mary Frances Looke as Wonder Woman, riding for the Park Place Foundation. (Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)


Hillary Ridland as the Lone Ranger

Hillary Ridland is the Lone Ranger to Zilliam Rose’s Silver. (McCool Photography for EEM)


Robert Ridland with Hillary and Mary Frances Looke

U.S. show jumping chef d’equipe Robert Ridland joins wife Hillary Ridland and Mary Frances Looke at the warm-up ring.
(Photo: Alison Dyer / Rex USA)


Sophie St. Clair clears a jump on the gray mare Lady Mecklenberg

Sophie St. Clair in “Bohemian Rhapsody” ( Photo: Katie Jones / Rex USA)



Kent Farrington and Alexandra Crown do the course walk before riding for Autism Speaks. (Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)



Kristin Hardin (left) and Nicolette Hirt with Jr. Posse founder Mayisha Akbar (far right), Longines VP Charles Villoz and EEM’s Fernanda Ameeuw. (McCool Photography for EEM)



Wolf Connection cast. (Photo: Alison Dyer / Rex USA)


Kaley Cuoco accepts check for Ride On

Kaley Cuoco and Tracey Wade (mounted) earn a check for therapeutic riding program Ride On, with executive director Bryan McQueeney (far right). (Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)



Tracey Wade as Darth Vader and Kaley Cuoco as Luke Skywalker (Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)

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