PALM BEACH, Fla. - Horse racing's Triple Crown is still a few months off, but our area is home to plenty of winter equestrian events. Sunday on Palm Beach, it was a mixture of horses and history.
By the looks of it, one would think they were on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, but this weekend's event was held in Donald Trump's backyard.
Mar-a-lago hosted the first-ever equestrian event to be held on the island -- the "Trump Invitational." Not since the days of horse and carriages have horses been on Palm Beach island.
"It's just so much money going to charity. It's such a magnificent event and we have the great lawns," said Trump.
The event raises money for the Great Charity Challenge
, which has given nearly $3 million to more than 50 area charities since launching three years ago. The Great Charity Challenge itself will be held later this month during the Winter Equestrian Festival.
In the crowd of Olympians and top U.S. and international show jumpers was a familiar face. Wellington High School graduate and winner of "The Voice", Cassadee Pope, took time out of her busy schedule for a gig in her hometown. "I was in awe because they could probably get anybody, and to think their pride in me made them want me to come here and sing for them was really cool," said Pope.
Mark Bellissimo, the man behind the Trump Invitational and Great Charity Challenge hopes this becomes an annual event. "This isn't about big charities. It's about community based charities that are the grassroots and heroes of the community that don't think twice about making the world a better place," said Bellissimo.
Perhaps the only thing that doesn't benefit, Trump's "grass-roots". "The only one who doesn't like it is my grass," Trump joked.
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