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ASHA World's Championship Webcast Set for Fourth Year



Lexington, Kentucky - The American Saddlebred Horse Association has announced that its web site is again the Saddlebred fan's home for live video streaming and complete news coverage of the World's Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Sunday evening, August 17 through Saturday evening, August 23, 2008.

The class schedule, up to date entries, results, plus the action from each class inside the ring are all part of the World's Championship Horse Show on-line experience, available on www.saddlebred.com . Additionally, the Association's daily publication, American Saddlebred Daily, featuring horse show news, results, judges' cards and standings, will be available on-line. Access the class schedule, entries, results and American Saddlebred Daily from the live webcast page at http://www.asha.net/video.

Continuing ASHA's mission to provide the best possible experience for its webcast viewers, the 2008 World's Championship Horse Show has several notable improvements from last year. The offering of two distinct quality levels for high-speed and low-speed connections stays the same; however, the format for the webcast itself has changed from Windows Media to Adobe Flash. This effort should result in providing viewers with a wider variety of computer configurations being able to connect- across any browser on any operating system, including Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. It should also reduce the minimal amount of problems that were present in the past with Windows Media.

To ensure that your browser is compatible with Adobe Flash, visit this page: http://www.asha.net/video/test.php. If you see the video window buffering then playing, then you have Flash successfully installed. If not, click on the link to access the help page, and follow the instructions there to install Flash.

In a further effort to provide the best support possible, Live Remote Support has been implemented for this webcast. When the webcast is active, a link for "Live Remote Support" on the video page will take you to another page with instructions on how to receive this support. This essentially means that should a viewer need help (and permits this access), ASHA's technology manager will have the ability to remotely log into a user's computer and diagnose any problems.

Licenses to view the live streaming video webcast are available for purchase at www.saddlebred.com. The fee to view the Webcast is $12 per day/location through Thursday and $17 per day/location for Friday and Saturday. A discount is available to ASHA members, resulting in fees of $10 per day/location and $15 per day/location. Additionally, there is a discounted package purchase available for $85 if all days are purchased at once. Members can receive even further discounts on this package, taking the total price for all days to $70. The license purchased to view the webcast is exclusive to each location and computer on which it is purchased. Essentially this means that viewers must watch the webcast on the same computer at the same location each time. Credit or debit card payment is accepted on-line. A broadband, DSL or cable modem Internet connection is required to view the webcast. A dial-up Internet connection is not sufficient. Additionally, there is a help page available on the video page that provides answers to frequently asked questions.

The video feed for the webcast is provided courtesy of the Kentucky State Fair and Richfield Video. Please do not contact Richfield Video for technical support or questions about the webcast. For technical information, please contact ASHA Technology Manager Will Wood, Jr., at w.wood@asha.net

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