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ASHA Foundation Auction Youth...Pieces of Our Foundation

The 2003 ASHA Foundation Auction, “Youth – Pieces of Our Foundation,” now in its 13th year, was once again a success. Held at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky., August 20 and 21, during the 2003 World’s Championship Horse Show, the Silent Auction, combined with the Live Auction and the $10,000 Raffle, raised over $47,000 to benefit the ASHA Foundation scholarships and youth programs, including Junior Judging, Saddle Time, Academy Awards and the American Saddlebred International Youth Program.

This year, the “Youth – Pieces of Our Foundation” Silent Auction had over 200 items available for bidding. The top money-making items were the ASHA Stallion Ad package, ASHA life membership, a bronze of a foal, American Saddlebred Museum historical video and VIP tickets to Discovery Cove, Sea World and Busch Gardens. Other popular items were a saddle from the 1960s, an antique horse bank, baskets of items used as trophies and artwork.

With over 40 items on the youth table, the kids had their own auction going. Their hot bidding items included a book on drawing horses, a signed James Crow print and a cute stuffed horse.

New this year was a basket to be raffled at a dollar a chance. The basket was full of items from Bales & Bales and included a mirrored clock, license plate, garment bag, watch, throws, cap and mug. The winning ticket was drawn following the closing of the silent auction tables, with the basket going to Marcy Scardino.

The Live Auction featured a Tommy Lovell Rocking Horse, charcoal portrait of your horse by James L. Crow, the CH Belle Elegant bronze by Diane Maroscia, the cover of American Saddlebred magazine and a Charley Electrik Scooter. Jim Price from Fisherville, Ky., handled the auctioneering duties and, along with spotter Bill Whitley, kept the auction lively and fun. Donna Moore received the CH Belle Elegant bronze, and Robert Lilley was the highest bidder on the American Saddlebred cover.

The five winning $10,000 raffle tickets were drawn by Will Harris, a junior exhibitor in the five-gaited division. Called down to center ring on Thursday evening to claim their share of the money were Tom Galbreath of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Brenda Kelly of Winston Salem, N.C., Rick Luft of Larsen, Wisc; Ann Tierney Smith of Bluefield, W. Va., and Karen Waldron of Shawsville, Va. Tom Galbreath walked away with the $5,000 and Karen Waldron took the $2,000 prize. The other contestants received their prizes of $1,000 each.

Founded in 1990, the ASHA Foundation supports ASHA youth programs, scholarships, veterinary research and the continuing education of the general public about the American Saddlebred. All contributions to the ASHA Foundation are tax deductible.

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