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The 19th Annual AHHS Limited Breeders Sweepstakes Stallion Service Auction will be one of the feature events of the AHHS Grand Event to be held March 6-7, 2015 in Shelbyville, Ky. The weekend will include nonstop activities for the Hackney enthusiast. Title sponsors for the AHHS Grand Event are the Saddle Horse Report and Horse World publications.

Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville will be the site of Friday evening activities. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The highlight of the evening will be a roundtable discussion with AHHS President Andy Freseth. Numerous games, activities and general fellowship will complete the evening. 

Saturday's activities kickoff at 9:00 a.m. A new event for 2015 is a hands-on learning experience. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn how to prepare your pony for your class by professional Hackney trainers.  Trainers will show you some of their tips. Teams will be chosen and, with the assistance of a trainer, will prepare a pony for the show ring. The entries will be judged by recognized judges and the winning team will receive awards. This is an opportunity to learn from the best.

Another new event for this year’s event is the Claudia Sanders luncheon and outlet mall shopping trip coordinated by Sue Harrod. This event starts with an 11:30 luncheon at Claudia Sanders Restaurant in Shelbyville. Reservations are not required, but please contact the AHHS office to inform them of your attention to attend. Transportation will be provided to and from the mall at 12:45 and approximately 3:30. The mall is providing gift certificates to all attendees and can be used at any store.

Hackney and Saddlebred barns in the Shelbyville area will be open for visitations Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30.  These include Majestic Oaks, Golden Creek Farm, Frickey Farms, Walnut Way Stable and Mike Felty Stable. Maps and directions will be available.

A silent auction benefitting the Limited Breeders Sweepstakes and AHHS Promotion Fund will be available for bidding Friday and Saturday.  Numerous items for the Hackney enthusiast will be available.

The AHHS Annual Membership meeting will begin at 4:30 in the Floral Hall. The Limited Breeders Sweepstakes Dinner and Stallion Auction will start at 6:00 with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30. Dinner will be catered by Chandlers On Market and will include a choice of steak or chicken entree.  Cost of the dinner is $36.00 per person. Reservations and payment can be made by contacting Ashley at the AHHS office. The stallion auction will start at 7:30. Stallion service donors are urged to return their completed forms to the AHHS office as soon as possible.

Hotel rooms are available at the following Shelbyville motels.  When making reservations be sure to request the AHHS Grand Event rates. Best Western Shelbyville. The rate is $79 plus tax per night and the rate is subject to room availability. To make reservations call 502-633-4400. The Country Hearth in Shelbyville also offers a special rate (per availability) of $64.95 plus tax per night. Call 502-633-5771 to make reservations.

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