Celebrity Bartender Showdown and Silent Auction Benefits Brooke USA During Tryon International Equestrian Center’s “Sounds of Nashville” Concert

Mill Spring, NC – August 29, 2016 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will host a “Celebrity Bartender Showdown” and silent auction to benefit horses, donkeys and mules through Brooke USA during the 2016 Nutrena® United States Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Land Rover. The event is set to take place during the long-anticipated “Sounds of Nashville” Concert presented by Coca Cola® on Saturday, September 3, Brooke USA Ambassadors and Team USA Eventing members Boyd Martin and Lauren Kieffer will be joined by Bobby Costello and Brooke USA Board Member Jim Wolf to raise money and awareness for the “Buy a Donkey a Drink” campaign, which will run through the entire 2016 Tryon Fall Series.
The “Buy A Donkey A Drink” campaign will ensure lifetime access to water for 81,000 livestock animals in the drought-prone district of Shala Woreda, Ethiopia. Brooke USA is only $14,500 away from raising enough money to construct the fifth and final water trough of the campaign, and for every $9 raised, a working equine in drought-ridden Ethiopia will be provided with a lifetime water supply.
Visit to learn more about Brooke USA and the “Buy a Donkey a Drink” campaign.
The “Celebrity Bartender Showdown” will kick-off the “Sounds of Nashville” Concert at Saturday, September 3,  on the patio of Roger’s Diner. The bar area is aptly named the “The Brooke Watering Hole” and it will reflect a festive Moroccan theme, reminiscent of the Ethiopian culture Brooke USA is helping. The event celebrates the culmination of the Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Land Rover, which will run from Wednesday, August 31, through Sunday, September 4.
One-of-a-kind items will be up for bidding during the silent auction, including personal items donated by the celebrity bartenders. All proceeds raised from the auction will benefit Brooke USA. Auction items include:
  • Pieces from the official 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Athlete Kit donated by Boyd Martin. 
  • A lesson with Bobby Costello at Will Faudree’s Gavilan Farm in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
  • An assortment of Troy & Son’s Moonshine
  • One Wild Card entry at the 2017 Wellington Eventing Showcase to be hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, provided horse and rider combination have met all of the requirements to compete at the CCI*** level.
  • One VIP Table for six (6) for the duration of the 2017 Wellington Eventing Showcase at PBIEC.
  • One free entry in any division for the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships at TIEC, which will include two VIP Hospitality Passes and two tickets to all other ticketed events to be hosted at the AEC in 2017.
  • A $200 shopping spree for AEC merchandise at Tryon Tack.
Team USA Olympic members, Boyd Martin and Lauren Kieffer, along with Bobby Costello and Jim Wolf, will be behind the bar concocting drinks and signing autographs throughout the evening. Sip on a signature orange sangria, Moscow mule, or orangeade while listening to the sounds of “Raised by the Radio” star Mitch Rossell, who has opened for the legendary Garth Brooks, and country music singer Julia Cole, who has opened for country music sensation Hunter Hayes. Each drink and all tips raised throughout the night will benefit Brooke USA.
Donations from the evening will help 13,500 working equines, which will also benefit 67,500 of the world’s poorest people who depend on them! Each water trough will allow as many as 340 horses, donkeys and mules to quench their thirst with each filling, and will allow other livestock such as cattle and camels to receive life-saving water as well.
General admission to the concert is free and open to the public with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and VIP tickets for seating in the Legends Club and Sky Deck are available for purchase by visiting
For more information about Tryon International Equestrian Center please call (828) 863-1000 or visit
To donate to this lifesaving campaign, go to or email For more information on Brooke USA, go to
Editor’s Note: High-res photos are available to accompany this release by contacting Cindy Rullman at Brooke USA, 859-296-0037 or
About Brooke USA
Brooke USA is a 501(c)(3) charity located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, which exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity.  For more than 80 years, the Brooke has been alleviating the suffering of horses, donkeys, and mules who work in some of the poorest communities on earth. The Brooke’s scientifically proven, practical, and sustainable solutions to enormous welfare challenges improve the lives of equine animals and the people who depend on them across Africa, Asia, and Central America.  Last year alone, the Brooke reached 1.8 million equines, benefiting 10 million people in the developing world. To learn more visit
Follow Brooke USA’s Facebook  page. To support Brooke USA in its effort to fund equine welfare projects around the world, go to
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