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Green Team Challenge Debuts Successfully at the College Preparatory Invitational

Anna Zygadlo and Lindsay Martin (CPI) award the Green Team Challenge winners.

Green Is the New Blue would like to send a special congratulations to Team 12, the winners of our Green Team Challenge Scholarship Award at the 2022 College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show in Wellington, Florida. Student-athletes collaborated to propose solutions to one of two environmental prompts relative to the equine industry, competing for a $500 scholarship per rider on the winning team.

Green Team Challenge Scholarship Award Ribbons.

Use the drop-down menu below to view the prompts for our Green Team Challenge.

Prompt #1 - The Living Jump

Your team is tasked with building a "Living Jump" for a horse show in Wellington, Florida. The purpose of the "Living Jump" is to promote biodiversity and support species that enhance ecosystem resilience. Identify three plants you would include in your design and Explain why each is beneficial to the local ecosystem. Draw a sketch of your jump to show where each plant will be utilized in your design.

Prompt #2 - The Eco-Collection

You are on the marketing team for a major equestrian retailer looking to reduce their environmental footprint. They would like to launch an “Eco-Collection” on the website where consumers can shop for sustainable equestrian products. Identify one existing product you would list in your eco-collection and explain how it aligns with the environmental criteria provided.

Throughout the weekend, Green Teams worked with impressive enthusiasm at our Eco-Friendly Work Station. Featuring a hand crank and solar powered phone charger, students were able to thoroughly research their answers online. With thrifted art utensils, teams who selected the Living Jump prompt created beautiful sketches for their submissions on recycled paper.

Coming out on top was Team 12, comprised of Shayna K., Rebecca K., Chelsea T., and Meredith M. Answering the Living Jump prompt, the team designed a mock jump native to South Florida, including coreopsis, purple coneflower, and bee balm. All three of these species are attractive to a variety of pollinators, including hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Though coreopsis and coneflower both attractive pollinators, they also serve as a natural mosquito repellent. Coreopsis and purple coneflower are both thrive in direct sunlight, making them ideal for bright arenas.

Team 12's winning entry.

Another notable mention was Team 1, who identified Calyse recycled saddle bags to include in their Eco-Collection. The team identified sustainable practices and recycled equestrian tack used within the production process. For the Green Is the New Blue team, much of the fun was in viewing the beautiful artwork submitted for the Living Jump prompt.

Thank you to all who participated in the Green Team Challenge, making it a huge success. We were so proud to see overwhelming enthusiasm from student athletes about our program. Riders who did not know each other prior to the event came out friends, freshly motivated to make sustainable change in their own barns and show associations.

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