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The force was definitely with Kaley Cuoco over the weekend in Los Angeles.
The Big Bang Theory actress awakened the force and used it to her advantage Oct. 3 when she dressed up like Luke Skywalker and joined a posse of Star Wars-styled friends (Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Storm Troopers) to take top prize in the Charity Pro-Am Style & Competition during the Longines Masters of Los Angeles.
The prestigious horse-jumping affair features the signature event which sees an amateur rider paired with a professional rider competing for the charity of their choice. Eight teams compete by presenting their creative style and riding a timed course. The celebrity jury included actresses Denise Richards and Perrey Reeves and KTLA anchor Sam Rubin.
Cuoco and teammate Tracy Wade were crowned the winners, benefiting therapeutic horse charity Ride On, which teaches “adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities.” Other contestants included Jennifer Gates (daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates) and Jack Towell, dressed as Wizard of Oz characters; and Hannah Selleck (daughter of Tom Selleck) and Jane Richard Philips in Alice in Wonderland-inspired garb.
The day’s events also featured the renowned class, the Gucci Gold Cup, an inaugural event at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, which showcased 36 of the world’s best riders on a course designed by Luc Musette. After a winning round of 12 competitors, French rider Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo HDC won first place with a time of 35.83 seconds. Delaveau also won his first class of the day, the $34,000 Prix Emirates CSI5.
In the audience during Saturday’s sessions were Bill and Melinda Gates, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Robert Simonds, Skip Brittenham and wife Heather Thomas, Camilla Belle, Jeannie Mai, Carly Steel, Alison Sweeney and Jean Claude Van Damme.
The premiere event took place Oct. 4 with Germany’s Marco Kutscher and his horse, Van Gogh, winning the Longines Grand Prix prize of $450,000. For a full rundown of the winners, click here.
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