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ASHA Pro Am Challenge Featured This Week At Rock Creek

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and the Rock Creek Horse Show are excited to announce Friday's ASHA Pro Am Challenge Series Class!

The first ASHA Pro Am Challenge Series class was held two weeks ago at the Asheville Lions Club horse show, and was met with thunderous enthusiasm from the crowd, the participants, and the officiants. 

The Pro Am classes, like last year’s Trainers’ Equitation Cup classes, are a FUNdraiser that benefit the ASHA. The mission of the ASHA is to promote, improve and protect the grace, intelligence and versatility of the American Saddlebred, and to provide programs and services supporting its members, while fostering public awareness of the breed.

The goal of this class is not only to serve as a fundraiser for the ASHA, but also to promote camaraderie and fun among exhibitors at each host show. All nominations for the Pro Am Series classes are tax deductible, and your support of this fun and exciting series is greatly appreciated!

The class will call for three gaits, with amateurs riding the first direction of the ring, and their trainers riding the second direction of the ring. Handlers are welcomed to assist with the rider switch when the announcer calls for the conclusion of the first way of the class. The competition will be judged as a performance class. During the class, the professionals will be allowed to stand in the center of the ring to help their amateurs, after the rider swap, the amateurs are encouraged to stay in the ring to assist their trainers.

Each amateur/professional combination will be placed in a grand prize drawing to be held at the 2017 UPHA/ASHA Convention in New Orleans, LA, and each winning combination will receive a tricolor ribbon and trophy. 

"With the success of last's year Trainers' Equitation Cup we had many requests to come up with another program for this season," said ASHA President Bob Funkhouser. "We are pleased to present the Pro Am Challenge, which will be another great opportunity to have fun and raise funds that will assist in our marketing endeavors. We are looking forward to the camaraderie and competitive spirit that will come with the Pro Am Challenge."

Rock Creek's ASHA Pro Am class will be held on Friday, June 10 at 6:30 PM ET in Louisville, KY, kicking off an exciting night of classes. 

The third ASHA Pro Am class will be held next week at the Midwest Charity Horse Show in Springfield, IL on Thursday, June 16, closing out the evening session, which begins at 6:30 PM ET. 

For more information about the ASHA Pro Am Challenge Series, please contact Michelle Krentz, or by phone at 859-259-3887.

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