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our w orl d Written by Carina Roselli & Heather Wilkins

see the “Lugano Diamonds” jump prominently

causes. At the Winter Equestrian Festival, Lugano

featured mid-arena, representing the prominent

assisted with financial contributions and jewelry

place Ferder’s company now occupies as a proud

donations to support Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding

sponsor of several major competitions, including

Center, an organization that has served all ages of

the FEI World Equestrian Games (Tryon, NC 2018),

Palm Beach County citizens with physical, cognitive,

the Winter Equestrian Festival (Wellington, FL), Live

and emotional disabilities since 1982. At this year’s

Oak International (Ocala, FL), Sonoma Horse Park

Winter Equestrian Festival, Lugano sponsored the

(Sonoma, CA), Split Rock Jumping Tour Sonoma

Vinceremos Gala, which fundraises for the Center’s

International (Sonoma, CA), The Devon Horse Show

year-round operations. Vinceremos staff quipped,

and Country FairUpperville Colt & Horse Show

“Lugano Diamonds brought some real sparkle to

(Upperville, VA), Central Park Horse Show (New

this year’s Vinceremos Benefit!”

York, NY), Washington International Horse Show

Lugano also supports Washington International

(Washington, DC), the International Polo Club Palm

Horse Show’s (WIHS) partner charity, the Tragedy

Beach (Wellington, FL), the US Polo Team, and more

Assistance

all the time!

counseling and assistance program for over 30,000

Lugano

also

sponsors

some

Program

for

Survivors

(TAPS),

a

lesser-known

family members of fallen service men and women

shows, like the Giant Steps Charity Classic at the

across the U.S. and abroad. Lugano donates jewelry

Sonoma Horse Park. Giant Steps Charity is an

for TAPS to auction off each year on “Military Night”

amazing group offering therapeutic riding and

when Lugano and TAPS both have their own jumps

equine-assisted activities to children and adults

in the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final,

with disabilities, which dovetails nicely with Ferder’s

which includes the side-competition “Jump for TAPS.”

other philanthropic endeavors.

Lugano also provides a VIP dinner so that other donations accrue through table reservation, where

Support the community

philanthropic spectators can watch as each rider clears

Not only has Ferder led his company to steward

the TAPS jump and another donation is made to the

the sport through sponsorship, but he’s also made

organization. Lugano greatly admires and commends

Lugano a long-standing supporter of equestrian

TAPS’ work, and eagerly supports its efforts.

Photo Sportfot

Owner Moti Ferder and Operations Manager David Stillwagon (far left) present Beezie Madden with her 2018 WEF CSI4* Grand Prix winnings

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