Marcia Pepper, Recipient of Global Dressage Festival’s Owner Award, Gives Back to Habitat for Horses and the Bethlehem Mounted Police
During the 2014/15 competition season, Wellington Equestrian Realty became the First Founding Sponsor of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) by establishing an award for owners of the winning horse at each “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle.
The Wellington Equestrian Realty Owner Award gave $5,000 to the owner of the winning dressage competitor combination, who in turn was asked to donate the proceeds to any charity of their choice. Matt Varney of Wellington Equestrian Realty is involved in the sport of dressage through his wife and veterinarian, Dr. Courtney Varney, who is an accomplished FEI level dressage rider in her own right.
“This award gave us an opportunity to recognize the wonderful owners that make this sport possible. We thought this was a great way to highlight their importance while also providing them with a way to give back to charities that are near to their hearts.”
Lars Peterson, aboard Marcia Pepper’s Mariett, won three of the CDI Freestyles throughout the season at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Pepper generously donated $5000 of her proceeds to Habitat for Horses and $10,000 to The Bethlehem Mounted Police. Pepper is a resident of Northampton County, In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Equestrian Magazine recently featured the story in their September edition of their paper:
“On July 28, 2015, Mrs. Marcia Pepper and Wellington Equestrian Realty presented the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit with a very generous donation of $10,000. The presentation to the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police Foundation was made at the Bethlehem Police mounted facility at the Burnside Planation in West Bethlehem, PA. Mounted police units have proven effective as law enforcement tools, but keeping a mounted unit viable is expensive. The Bethlehem Police Department’s mounted unit is funded by the city, but depends on donations to help make ends meet and keep their horses on duty.
It is through Pepper’s love of horses and her successes with them that she is able to offer this generous donation to the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police Foundation. Pepper, her horse Mariett and Lars Peterson, Mariett’s trainer and rider, are well known competitors in international dressage competition. Based in Wellington, Florida during the recent 2015 competition season, they won three CDI Freestyles at the Winter Equestrian Festival. As the Owner’s Award, sponsor Wellington Equestrian Reality contributed $5,000 to a charity of the winning owner’s choice. Mariett’s three victories resulted in the $10,000 donation to the mounted unit and a $5,000 contribution to Habitat for Horses.”