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Rolex 2015 a Success for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

May 01, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship gave a demonstration during the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program even at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. (Photo credit: Jan Westmark)

Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship gave a demonstration during the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program event at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
(Photo credit: Jan Westmark)

April 30 Lexington, KY – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program once again had a successful Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event experience, with a constantly busy booth in the trade fair, a large Thoroughbred-centric event at the conclusion of the dressage on Friday, and an open house on Sunday morning before the showjumping began.

The New Vocations’ booth at Rolex sold over 550 T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and cadet jackets throughout the weekend, encouraging OTTB aficionados show their love of the breed. The rain ponchos were also a hot commodity as the weather on Saturday left a lot to be desired.

A New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program sweatshirt. (Photo credit: Jan Westmark)

A New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program sweatshirt.
(Photo credit: Jan Westmark)

For the fourth consecutive year, the organization partnered with the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) on Friday evening to host Thoroughbreds For All, an event that celebrates the athletic ability of Thoroughbreds in second careers. AmWest Entertainment, Wild Aire Farm and Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-care were co-sponsors of the event.

Beginning with a delicious Southern-style dinner, the event opened with six horses being brought into the arena in-hand for a conformation and pedigree analysis by Dr. Stuart Brown of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Steuart Pittman, president of the RRP, and Nuno Santos, former jockey and owner of Santos Sport Horses.

Next up was a powerhouse clinician lineup including Laine Ashker, a regular competitor at Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and rider of the magnificent off-track Thoroughbred Anthony Patch; international dressage high-performance rider, trainer, coach and clinician Reese Koffler-Stanfield; and world-class colt trainer and winner of both the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup and the 2014 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship.

Reese gave clinic-style demonstrations  to New Vocations graduates Monopolize, a 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover entrant ridden by Julie Hall, and Dundee, ridden by Dr. Jill Stowe. Both horses are at different stages in their dressage careers, so the crowd was able to learn how Reese brings them along, as well as how she adjusts her training techniques between Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds.

The next guests, Laine Ashker, and mom Valerie Ashker, gave a fantastic flat work and gymnastic clinic to two other Makeover contestants, Emily Daignault-Salvaggio on Gin Joint and Jordan Pruiksma on Fullback.

To round out the evening, Dan James gave a fantastic liberty demonstration with his own horses, then explained to the crowd how he begins desensitizing the horses to both crowd noises and the whip. New Vocations’ adoptable horse One Brave Warrior was the demo horse, and soon was not even blinking when the whip was swung around his head or cracked!In between demonstrations, the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program recognized Rolex riders on OTTBs, including Laine Ashker (Anthony Patch), Dana Widstrand (Relentless Pursuit) and Katie Ruppel (Houdini).New Vocations finished off the weekend with an open house that showcased some of their adoptable Thoroughbreds; guests were also able to speak with staff members and ask questions of the trainers. This event was hosted in conjunction with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) national Help A Horse Day, where New Vocations will compete for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts in rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming ex-racehorses.

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

Founded in 1992, New Vocations has become the largest racehorse adoption program in the country and has facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The program’s mission is to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. In 2014, the program took in over 450 retired racehorses. Working directly with owners and trainers who need aftercare for horses leaving the track, the program currently receives horses from more than 30 racetracks. New Vocations has a sound adoption system that is proven to move a large number of horses in a relatively short period of time. The program focuses on adoption rather than retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. www.newvocations.org

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Partners with RunTheBluegrass to Offer Family Fun Day

April 01, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Family fun personalizing genuine horse shoes to take home. (Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Family fun personalizing genuine horse shoes to take home.
(Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Lexington, KY. March 28, 2014 – On Saturday, March 28th, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center hosted runners and their families for an afternoon of fun in collaboration with RunTheBluegrass. A day of running and experiencing the best of Central Kentucky’s farms and horse parks, RunTheBluegrass offered races of various length from Kids’ One Mile to Half-Marathon.

After crossing the finish line, participants headed to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center for a family fun day, where they had the opportunity to paint and decorate their own genuine horseshoes, take pictures with the Secretariat statue, watch the off-the-track Thoroughbreds play in the arena, groom a horse, and even dress like a jockey.

Meeting the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center residents. (Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Meeting the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center residents.
(Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Executive Director Susanna Thomas was on hand to greet guests and join the activities. “RunTheBluegrass is a fantastic event that really showcases all the beauty that Lexington has to offer,” said Thomas. “I am so glad that the MMSC was able to partner with the race to teach participants about all the work that we do to help Thoroughbreds and to give families an enjoyable and memorable afternoon with the horses.”

About the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC): The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is a premier reschooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

Thoroughbred Champion Cigar Dies Following Surgery

October 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Famed Thoroughbred Cigar at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions (Kentucky Horse Park Photo By James Shambhu)

NEWS RELEASE 

Lisa Jackson
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

 

Kentucky Horse Park Mourns Loss of
Incomparable, Invincible, ‘Unbeatable’ Horse

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2014) – Thoroughbred champion Cigar died last evening, Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Foaled April 18, 1990, the Hall of Fame horse and longtime visitor favorite at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions was 24.

At retirement, Cigar’s career had a total of 19 wins out of 33 starts with earnings of $9,999,815, which was a record at that time. He was voted Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year in both 1995 and in 1996.

“The great champion Cigar thrilled racing fans and surely brought new ones to the sport as he compiled win after win in his incredible streak of victories,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “An example of racing at its best, he continued to serve as an ambassador, bringing joy to countless visitors to the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he will be missed.”

The first horse to tie racing legend Citation’s record of 16 consecutive victories, Cigar had lived at the Kentucky Horse Park since his retirement in 1999. Cigar was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in August 2002, his first year of eligibility. 

“Cigar had been experiencing arthritis-related health issues over the past six months and was in outstanding physical and mental condition other than the osteoarthritis he was suffering from in several of his cervical vertebrae,” said Kathy Hopkins, director of equine operations for the Kentucky Horse Park.  “Medical therapies had failed to relieve the pressure that the arthritis was causing on his spine, which had resulted in instability in his hind legs.” 

Cigar had been under the care of a team of veterinarians from the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, some of the best equine veterinarians in the world. The team of veterinarians and surgeons had deemed that spinal surgery was the only option to relieve the pressure and ensure the highest quality of life for the horse.  

“Cigar had been suffering from a cervical spine instability for which conservative medical therapies could no longer halt the disease’s progressive nature,” said Dr. Rocky M. Mason, of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “The decision to seek out a more lasting treatment modality was made. Surgery is never an easy decision in a 24-year-old horse, but Cigar had proven himself a regal, classy and determined patient making the decision to proceed an easier one.” 

Surgical correction was performed by a team led by Dr. Brett Woodie, of Rood and Riddle, Dr. Laura Werner, of Hagyard Equine, and Dr. Steve Reed, of Rood and Riddle who pioneered the special procedure performed. 

“The Kentucky Horse Park was committed to providing him with the highest level of care possible,” said Hopkins. “We are heartbroken to lose this great horse, especially as we were trying to do everything we could to improve his quality of life and make him more sound and comfortable. Our park family is immensely grateful to Dr. Reed and the outstanding medical teams at Rood and Riddle and Hagyard Equine for their ultimate dedication to and concern for this unmatched champion.”

“Cigar developed a compression of his spinal cord in the lower part of his neck,” said Dr. Reed.  “The most severe compression was between cervical vertebra 6 and 7, with additional compression between cervical vertebra 5 and 6. This was an acquired problem related to arthritis, and bony remodeling in the neck. The severity of this spinal cord compression became so problematic that all parties were left with few options, the best one being surgery. This was a significant surgery involving a prolonged recovery. Unfortunately, during recovery Cigar suffered a vertebral fracture and passed away.”  

Hopkins said Cigar will be remembered as one of the greatest horses the world has ever seen, and thanked fans who have supported Cigar and the Kentucky Horse Park since his retirement. She also noted the efforts of park team members who have taken excellent care of him over the years, including Wes Lanter, Robin Bush and the late Cathy Roby.

Dr. Reed continued, “The outcome was disappointing and very sad for many people; but especially for Wes and Kathy who remained at his side to the end.”

Like the other Hall of Champions horses who died in retirement at the park, Cigar will be buried on the Memorial Walk of Champions near Thoroughbreds Alysheba, Bold Forbes, Forego, John Henry and Kona Gold; Standardbreds Cam Fella and Rambling Willie; American Saddlebreds CH Imperator, CH Skywatch and CH Gypsy Supreme; and American Quarter Horse Sgt. Pepper Feature.

“Cigar was an incredible horse who left an everlasting mark on the racing world,” said Ted Nicholson, interim executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We are honored that Cigar was able to spend so many years of his life here at the park where he was visited by so many fans and will always be remembered.”

A public memorial service will be held for Cigar at a future date, yet to be determined. Information will be posted on the park’s website once available at www.kyhorsepark.com.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in more than 200 special events and horse shows in 2013. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.  Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found on-line at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

Old Friends and New Vocations Partner for Retired Horses

April 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

GEORGETOWN, KY – MARCH 10, 2014 Old Friends and New Vocations have entered into an agreement to benefit Thoroughbreds in their post-racing and post-breeding careers. The two organizations each fulfill a different aftercare need. New Vocations places off the track Thoroughbreds with new owners in new careers, while Old Friends is primarily a home for those who, due to old age or physical issues, require permanent retirement. But with time and care, some horses’ needs change.

 

That happened for Gameday News, owned and trained by D. Wayne Lukas. The son of Corinthian broke his maiden on March, 2012 at Oaklawn Park. Following a few allowance starts, he injured his ankle, and with the help of Old Friends Board member Cathy Riccio, he was retired to Old Friends. After nearly two years of care and paddock rest, Gameday News received clearance from Dr. Steve Allday, who x-rayed the site of his healed injury and pronounced the five-year-old fit and ready to enter a new career. Gameday News will always have a home available at Old Friends when his second career ends.

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“It’s a clear case of doing what’s best for the athlete,” said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. “He’s a beautiful, energetic, kind horse who is adored by the staff and visitors. But he’s too young and healthy to be retired. We’re very grateful that New Vocations has accepted him into their program. It’s an example of groups working together, with the help of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, to do what’s best for the horse.”

 

“We are extremely thrilled to be partnering with Old Friends,” explained New Vocations program director Anna Ford. “Being able to capitalize on each program’s strengths will make it possible for us to help more horses.”

 

New Vocations focuses on rehabbing, retraining, and rehoming retired racehorses. Gameday News entered the retraining stage of the program in late March and has already been started back under saddle. He will be available for adoption in the near future. To learn more go to www.newvocations.org.

 

For more information about Old Friends go to www.oldfriendsequine.org or call the farm at (502) 863-1775.

For Artist Louise Mellon Dogs Rock!

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2014 – Known for her equestrian art often seen on the covers of equine publications, Louise Mellon also has a fun  gallery of canine works. Brightly colored and whimsical, a Mellon painting is full of energy, happiness and humor  and captures the joyful quirks of that unique dog.

Louise Mellon has dog friends of her own, occasionally featured in her pieces.

 

“I am constantly inspired by my dogs’ view of the world,” Melon said. “As dog lovers do, I treat them with love and a great sense of stewardship.

The Shortest Route to Dinner by Louise Mellon

From pedigreed to mixed breeds, Mellon’s works reflect the humorous, fun-loving, mischievous and sensitive nature of dogs.

 

Mellon explained that Corgis are especially known for being eager to get to their dinners.”One evening, I went down the two steps from the kitchen and put Perry’s dish on the floor with her hot on my heels,” Mellon explained. “She dove into her supper with front feet on the floor and hind feet still up on the step. Eating back end uphill didn’t seem to bother her in the least!” Perry’s dinnertime shenanigans inspired Mellon’s piece, The Shortest Route To Dinner.

 

“Dogs quickly learn how to stretch the boundaries to see what they can get away with,” Mellon said. “This is where some of the funniest portrait opportunities play out. Just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner!”

 

Mellon is entertained by the tricks dogs play on their friends to get what they want.

 

“My Cricket always wants the chew bone that Ruffie has because she thinks it must be better than the one she has,” Mellon said. “She will whine and stare at Ruffie like a hungry lunch patron standing behind an occupied seat to pressure the diner to finish up and leave. Ruffie is immune to this ploy, so Cricket will go get a favorite toy, squeak it enticingly, and when Ruffie comes after the toy, Cricket zooms in for the bone. Tactical strategy at its best!”

Mellon gives a painting lesson to Cricket and Ruffie / Photo courtesy of Louise Mellon

Mellon appreciates how dogs have an innate sensitivity toward observation, taking in subtleties to which humans are oblivious. Their motivation is to bond with us.

 

“They get to know our quirks, expressions and routines better than we might give them credit for,” Mellon said. “Dogs have helped most of us through some very difficult times, even saving our lives in many ways. They certainly have done that for me”.

 

Mellon’s colorful, canine centered portraits portray the connection dogs share with their people, while bringing years of joyful memories of their pets’ unique personalities.

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

Educational Opportunities and Nutritional Consults Available This Upcoming 2013-14 Season, Provided by BioStar LLC

January 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL (January 17, 2014)- Having a horse and being able to maintain it takes education and sometimes years of practice. But when it comes to maintaining performance horses at their highest level, having a professional around to help give yourself a great foundation of knowledge can make a huge difference in the show ring. Tigger Montague, founder and formulator at BioStar, LLC is able to provide her expertise in the field of equine nutrition to the owners, riders and professionals attending the 2013-14 season of competition in Wellington and Loxahatchee, Florida.
In her educational talks, Tigger will go over ‘Feeding for Performance,’ where she’ll break down the ingredients of feeds and supplements. The talk starts with the fundamentals of equine nutrition: fiber, protein, fats and carbohydrates. From there she’ll use those building blocks to help further educate the audience on how to feed for performance and health. She is also available for individual nutritional consults, and can work in conjunction with veterinarians to address specific issues relating to performance and/or general health conditions.
Tigger Montague’s background is extensive in nutrition, including thirty years in the human and equine supplement industry and a focus on Ayruvedic Medicine.   “Feeding horses doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Tigger. “My goal is to help break down the barriers of confusing labels and feeding programs so that individuals can provide better health to themselves and their horses, and improved performance in the show ring.”
Any facility or group of individuals within a twenty mile radius of Wellington, FL can opt to have Tigger come to your facility. Talks usually last for over an hour, and time afterwards for questions is recommended. For those interested in setting up an appointment to have Tigger come out to your facility, or for an individual nutritional consultation, please write to kat@biostarus.com.
About BioStar US: Whole Food Supplements For Best in Class Health and Performance
BioStar US holds the belief that non-synthetically derived ingredients (whole food) has positive effects on health and wellness. They support the whole food and organic food movement, and strive to bring the highest quality products to horses and dogs alike. BioStar US uses a unique system that dehydrates their formulas and bars which takes place at low temperatures to maintain nutrient and enzyme levels similar that of to raw food. Providing organic, GMO-free, coal tar derivative-free, petro-chemical free, wheat free supplements that contain no artificial sweeteners or other synthetic ingredients is why BioStar is the leader of whole food supplementation in the equine industry. For more information on BioStar US, visit their website (http://www.BioStarUS.com), or you can also connect with them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BiostarSupplements).

New From Ice Horse

January 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Emergency Wrap:

neck shot
We’ve all been there. Your horse comes in from the field and there’s a hot bump
on his – pick a spot: Shoulder, neck, ankle. Ugh, you think. One of his pals
kicked or bit him while they were horsing around!

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Or you open up the stall door to find somehow; your horse banged his knee,
hock or fetlock. It’s one of those mysterious injuries horses seem so prone to,
no matter how deep we bed and bank the stall.

Emergency Wrap 1
What’s the fist thing you want to do? Ice it. But how do you get a bucket of ice
water on his neck? Or avoid getting the cut on his ankle wet while using ice to
reduce the heat and swelling?

Emergency Wrap 2
The answer is the new Ice Horse® Emergency Wrap. The wrap is six inches
wide, 42 inches long and made out of a special anti-migration fabric, so it stays
in place while cooling even the trickiest part of your horse. The wrap comes with
two reusable First+Ice® packs which mold to the horse’s body part to provide
optimal coverage, cooling and compression.

A tack trunk must for all!

For publication quality photos we have set you an invitation to our Drop Box. If
you did not receive our invitation or have questions, please contact Martha
Springer at Martha@icehorse.net or call 707-343-1079.

Equine Hay Analysis Workshop

January 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

** Reminder – Workshop is tomorrow.  Walk-ins are welcome!  
We will have bales of hay for you to look at and the matching hay analysis sheets.
Ballston Spa, NY— Are you a horse owner interested in the nutritional value of the hay you are feeding your horse?  Is the definition of “good hay” confusing to you?   On Thursday, January 9th,2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties, will host guest speaker, Paul Sirois, director of Forage Laboratory Services from Equi-Analytical laboratories, for a hay nutritional analysis workshop.
Join us to learn more about the nutritional value of different types of hay for your horse. Our guest speaker Paul Sirois holds degrees in animal science from Rutgers University and the University of Minnesota, has worked as a nutritionist, and is currently the Director of Forage Laboratory Services for Equi-Analytical Laboratories. 
During this workshop participants will physically analyze bales of hay, learn to recognize a quality bale of hay and gain an understanding of forage analysis testing for feed quality.
The cost of the workshop is $10.00; registration begins at 6:00pm.  This seminar will be held at the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension office located at 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.  For more information or to register, call (518) 885-8995 or email Jennifer Stevens atjlc264@cornell.edu
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Down Under! George Morris Travels to Australia and New Zealand for January Horsemastership Clinics

January 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 6, 2014 –  For legendary horseman and coach George Morris, sharing his secrets for success goes beyond U.S. borders. This month, Morris will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand, where riders and auditors will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. After retiring as Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, Morris has set his sights on developing the future of the sport by conducting clinics around the world.

George H. Morris - Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com

George H. Morris – Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com

Vicki Roycroft, who will be hosting three of Morris’ clinics, commented, “I always look forward to George’s visits, as every time I learn something new. In this sport, one never stops learning, and after 40 odd years and three Olympics, I still find there is more to know. George has a hard core fan base out here led by me and other Olympic and World Games participants, Rod Brown and Chris Chugg and in New Zealand, John Cottle.”

 

“We are always excited to welcome master horseman, George Morris to New Zealand,” stated Cottle. “We know our riders will greatly benefit from his vast knowledge and his teaching of classical riding.”

 

Morris’ January schedule will include:

Jan 10-12: Roycroft Stables           

Vicki Roycroft

011-61-418-432-842

vickiroycroft@bigpond.com

Sydney, Australia

 

Jan 14-16: Ti Papa Farm           

John Cottle

011-64-212-200-275

john@johncottle.com

Brookby, New Zealand

 

Jan 18-19: Roycroft Stables- Rider Clinic

Vicki Roycroft

011-61-418-432-842

vickiroycroft@bigpond.com

Sydney, Australia

 

Jan 21-22: Roycroft Stables – Coaches Clinic

Vicki Roycroft

011-61-418-432-842

vickiroycroft@bigpond.com

Sydney, Australia

 

Jan 24-26: Autralian Sporting Equine Academy

Adam Wootten

011-61-439-994-669

ase.academy@bigpond.com

Victoria, Australia

 

Jan 28-30: Kolora Lodge

Michelle Lang-McMahon

011-61-404-824-738

admin@koloralodge.com.au

Queensland, Australia

 

Focusing on helping riders develop correct form and function, Morris has often been referred to as the founding father of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique and style are revered around the world. Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author and judge.

 

While the spots for the clinics filled up immediately, auditor positions are still available to gain knowledge from the esteemed Morris through observation, and a waiting list is available for riders should a spot become available.

 

For more information about the George Morris Clinics and his 2014 schedules please visit http://www.ghmclinics.com.

Howlin’ Hoedown 2014 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

January 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL- December, 20, 2014- The Howlin’ Hoedown 2014 will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington from 6:30 p.m. ’til 11:00 p.m.  This event will offer guests a fun-filled, casual evening which will  include a silent auction, live auction, line-dancing, a DJ provided by Kenny Mondo playing country and Southern rock music, an Asado dinner catered by Aaron’s Catering and just a plain-old howlin’ good time!

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In the process, the event will be raising money to support A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, a local non-profit, no-kill animal rescue that operates via a home fostering network, which is devoted to saving the lives of unwanted pets.  They provide a home and care for dogs and cats, until they are adopted into the right, “forever” home.

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Fast Facts:

Where: The International Polo Club Palm Beach

3667 120th Avenue S. Wellington, FL

When:    Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

Time:   6:30p.m. Cocktail Hour with Silent Auction will be followed by an Asado dinner catered by Aaron’s Catering, dancing to the sounds of a DJ spinning a variety of country and Southern rock favorites, country line dancing, live auction and a plain-old howlin’ good time!

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Thank You to the Following Sponsors of the

Howlin’ Hoedown 2014

“Big Dog” Collie Sponsor – Animal Hospital of the Palm Beaches, Brad Moe, DVM

 

“Big Dog” Jack Russell Sponsor-VanKampen Boyer Molinari Charitable Foundation

 

Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches, International Polo Club Palm Beach Catering

www.aarons-catering.com

 

Kilkenny Insurance – Equine and Farm Insurance, Michael Whitlow

 

Lorrie Browne Interiors

www.lb-interiors.com

 

Barron and Kogan CPAs, P.A.

www.barronkogan.com

 

Merial/Heartguard and MWI Veterinary Supply Company

www.merial.com

 

Phelps Media Group

www.phelpsmediagroup.com

 

 

For Event Information, Sponsorship Packages and Tickets:

Call (561)714-0887, email maureenbgross@gmail.com

Or go to www.ASecondChanceRescue.org/Hoedown2014

$125 Individual Ticket (per person) includes 2-hour open bar and an Asado dinner created by Aaron’s Catering. Event also features silent auction, live auction, dancing to the sounds of a DJ spinning a variety of country and Southern rock favorites, country line dancing, plus a photo booth.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

“THE BIG DOGS”

 

GREAT DANE SPONSOR: $5,000 (10 tickets)

Includes 10 complimentary tickets to Howlin’ Hoedown 2014, premier reserved seating for a table of ten, company name/logo displayed on reserved table sign, company banner displayed at Howlin’ Hoedown 2014, recognition as Great Dane Sponsor in all printed materials, press releases, email blasts, posters/invitations and on A Second Chance Puppies and Kitten Rescue website. (subject to deadlines)

 

COLLIE SPONSOR: $3,000 (6 tickets)

Includes 6 complimentary tickets to Howlin’ Hoedown 2014, premier reserved seating for six guests at a table of ten, company name/logo displayed on reserved table sign, company banner displayed at Howlin’ Hoedown 2014, recognized as Collie Sponsor in all printed materials, press releases, email blasts, poster/invitations and on A Second Chance Puppies and Kitten Rescue website. (subject to deadlines)

 

JACK RUSSELL SPONSOR: $2,500 (4 tickets)

Includes 4 complimentary tickets to Howlin’ Hoedown 2014, premier reserved seating for four guests at a table of ten, company name/logo displayed on reserved table sign, company banner displayed at Howlin’ Hoedown 2014, recognized as Jack Russell Sponsor in all printed materials, press releases, email blasts, poster/invitations and on A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens website. (subject to deadlines)

 

OTHER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

FULL TABLE SPONSOR: $2,000

Includes 10 reserved complimentary tickets to Howlin’ Hoedown 2014 and company name/logo on reserved table sign.

 

HALF TABLE SPONSOR: $1,250

Includes 6 reserved complimentary tickets to Howlin’ Hoedown 2014 and company name/logo on reserved table sign.

 

PHOTO BOOTH SPONSOR: $750

Sponsor’s name/logo displayed as PHOTO BOOTH SPONSOR at Howlin’ Hoedown 2014

 

Many other sponsorship options; call for details-(561)715-0887 or email maureenbgross@gmail.com.