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ASHA Annual Auction; ASHA raffle tickets available; Junior Judging set for World’s Championship

Lexington, Kentucky ­– More than 270 items have been donated for the 2006 ASHA Annual Auction, which takes place Wednesday and Thursday, August 23-24 during the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky.  Auction booklets will be available at the stables, various hotels and the ASHA Saddlebred Center at Freedom Hall beginning Sunday, August 20.

Some of the notable items are a premium covered terrace box of six seats on the third level for the 2007 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, six premium seats to the Rolling Stones concert on September 29 at Churchill Downs, a fine harness by Walsh Harness, and the cover of the March/April issue of American Saddlebred

Many more items will be available for both the live and silent auction in the
Mary Room of the Executive West Hotel.  Click here to see photos of some notable items.

The silent auction begins each morning at 10 and ends at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 3 p.m. on Thursday.  The live auction begins Thursday (August 24) at 1:30 p.m. with Jim Price serving as auctioneer.

In addition to the auction, registered adult bidders who are present for the drawing will be entered to win $1,000 on Thursday, August 24.  No purchase is necessary to be eligible to win.

Todd Miles, trainer of 2005 Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion Five O’Clock, will also be on hand to autograph World’s Championship Horse Show posters from
2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

A new addition this year to the auction festivities is a photograph identification contest.  For an entry fee of $5, participants 18 years of age and older can answer a series of questions identifying old photos of Saddlebred personalities.  First place prize for the most correct answers is $100, and ribbons and certificates will be awarded through sixth place.

Tickets remain for the $20,000 ASHA Annual Raffle, which will award 15 winners in center ring on Thursday, August 24 at the World’s Championship Horse Show.  To purchase a ticket, call the American Saddlebred Horse Association at
(859) 259-2742.  Fifteen raffle winners will be drawn at 2:30 p.m. in the Mary Room following the live auction.  Later that evening, the 15 winners will be escorted to center ring to draw for their prizes.  One grand prize winner will receive $5,000.

Last year, the auction and raffle raised more than $100,000 for the ASHA youth scholarship program and other youth programs, as well as the ASHA Futures Fund.

Junior Judging will return to the World’s Championship Horse Show during the
9 a.m. horse show sessions on Tuesday, August 22 and Friday, August 25.  Participants’ judging results will be compared with the actual results of the classes.  The participants with the best scores in age groups 13 and under and 14-17 will be the winners.  Junior Judging packets will be available in the horse show office and the ASHA Saddlebred Center.  For more information on Junior Judging, please contact Brenda Newell, ASHA senior program administrator, (859) 259-2742 ext. 343 or  

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