Wellington, Fla. – Mar. 24, 2018 – “Saturday Night Lights” kicked off in an unfamiliar fashion Saturday evening as Olympians and cross rail competitors alike joined forces in the #RideForOurLives movement to take a stand for children’s safety in schools.
Following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, three-time Olympian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum spearheaded the idea, coinciding with the #MarchForOurLives rally in Washington, D.C. with over 800 sibling marches across the globe.
“The positive feedback has been amazing,” said Michaels-Beerbaum. “As long as I’ve been in the sport, I’ve never known anything that the equestrian community has stood behind with such fervor. I have received support from so many sides with different backgrounds and political views. They have all joined together to say ‘we have to do something to stand up for our children.’ We all agreed there’s differences of opinion on what the laws should be, but there needs to be change. This is an effort for people to show that we can stand as one as an equestrian community.”
Riders gathered in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on horseback and foot prior to the 6:30 p.m. start of the * $132,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Classic Final.