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Young Horse Fanatics Rally at the Alltech Arena for Alltech’s Barn Night in the Bluegrass

November 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – A stampede of 400 horse-crazy youth filled the stands of the Alltech Arena Friday night for Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, sponsored by Group C. During this barn bazaar for young equestrians and local youth who simply adore horses, participants wore festive outfits, organized cheers and even dressed up in horse costumes to compete for prizes throughout the evening.

Alltech awarded prizes to youth who showed exceptional spirit and enthusiasm during evening events, which included the thrilling LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance, the high jump competition for world-class show jumpers. After the competition, Barn Night participants were invited inside the ring to meet top-level equestrians during an autograph and photograph session. All-star riders including Tim Gredley, Charlie Jayne, Catherine Pasmore and Hillary Simpson mingled with the youth and took photos beside the towering puissance wall.

Young equestrian groups showed spirit in the stands and dressed in costume for the first Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, presented by Group C.

Young equestrian groups showed spirit in the stands and dressed in costume for the first Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, presented by Group C.

The first 50 Barn Night participants who entered the Alltech Arena received goodie bags sponsored by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

  • One-year subscriptions to Sidelines magazine to Cammie Brunker of Keeneland Pony Club; Bobby Evans of Findaway Farm; Andrea Compton from Midway College; and Emma Baum from Meadow Lake Equestrian Center
  • A one-year supply of LIFEFORCE Elite™ to Ashlea Crouch of Diamond H Saddle Club
  • Official merchandise of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to Cara Malanowski of Shelby Creek Stables and Elaine Duett of Robert Murphy Stables
  • A Lyons Farm™ Grill Out Pack to Liftoff Equestrian Center in Versailles, Ky.

Alltech awarded a trip for four to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to Sadie Boschert of Midway College Equestrian Team. Findaway Farm of Burlington, Ky., took a golf cart back to their barn for organizing the largest participating group and showing the most spirit in the crowd.

“You could truly feel the energy and enthusiasm of these wild young fans fill the Alltech Arena tonight,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “We know it’s that sort of excitement in the community that affirms Kentucky’s position as the Horse Capital of the World and ensures the local equine industry’s ongoing success.”

Barn Night in the Bluegrass was presented by Group C and supported in part by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. To see group photos from Barn Night in the Bluegrass, visit www.alltech.com/press.


Additional high-resolution photos from the Alltech National Horse Show are available online at www.alltech.com/press.

About the Alltech National Horse Show:

An American equestrian tradition, the Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, has reached its stride in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Reserved for the year’s top talent on the North American show circuit, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of equestrian classes and disciplines, with events including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Final for youth competitors. For more information, visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of animals, plants and people through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visitwww.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visit www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.

Hillary Simpson Brought Arkansas Back to His Roots in Retired Racehorse Training Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium

October 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Headlined Star-Studded Line-up in Two-Day Event at Pimlico Race Course

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            Southern Pines, NC–October 8, 2013—Grand Prix rider Hillary Simpson showed that careers in show jumping can be viable for ex-race horses  during her appearance with her Thoroughbred Arkansas in the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD, over the weekend of October 5-6.

Simpson brought her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, on whom she has won several Grand Prix ribbons this year including a win in the Mt. Equinox Grand Prix in Vermont, to the two-day event and participated in several functions.

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On Saturday morning, Simpson was part of a Trainers Panel with Show Jumping Hall of Famer Rodney Jenkins and Eventing rider/trainer Cathy Wieschoff.  That afternoon, she and Arkansas put on a jumping demonstration on Pimlico’s famed race track in a performance that was streamed live on HRTV and was entitled: “America’s Best Off the Track Thoroughbred: Arkansas and Hillary Simpson.” Culminating her appearance, Simpson was part of Saturday evening’s Thoroughbred Storytelling at a gala celebration in the Pimlico Hall of Fame Room.

“Thoroughbreds have a cherished history in show jumping with legendary horses like Idle Dice, Jet Run, Touch of Class, For The Moment, and Gem Twist,” Simpson said. “I believe that there is room for them on our circuit today and I was thrilled to be able to discuss and demonstrate that at the event.”

The event featured educational seminars, meetings, demonstrations, and a trade fair with 30 organizations and businesses that support second careers for Thoroughbreds. Participants included 26 trainers from 15 states in 10 equestrian disciplines who demonstrated what their Thoroughbred horses do in their post-racing careers. In addition to show jumping, polo, dressage, eventing, barrel racing, cattle work, police work, hunters, natural horsemanship, and tricks were included.

Foaled in 2003, Arkansas raced on the track under the name Blackcuda. He had 17 starts and had three top-three finishes including one win.  Simpson believes he has the potential for more success as a Grand Prix show jumper.  “Arkansas is a good match for me and I think he’s going to be a really special horse for me for a very long time,” she said. “He has plenty of power and speed, but what really stands out about him is his great mind. He believes he can do anything and I think he is great example of what Thoroughbreds can do in show jumping.”

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Steuart Pittman, founder of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, was thrilled with the enthusiasm and support the event generated. “Thirty eight vendors and nearly that many sponsors evenly split between the racing and the equestrian worlds came together to show the public what these horses can do. We were overwhelmed by the response.”

Further information about the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium is available at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org.