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ASHA Youth Auction Continues Adding High Value Items

Lexington, Kentucky - The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) continues to add to the already impressive list of items for its Youth Auction, which is co-sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), and set to include live and silent portions taking place during the Kentucky State Fair (KSF) and World's Championship Horse Show (WCHS).

Among the newly added items is the opportunity to have Thirty Spokes perform at your party or event. A performance by Thirty Spokes, featuring Chad Graham and Gabe Deknatel, will be up for bid in the live portion of the ASHA Youth Auction. For smaller events, the performance can be Gabe and Chad as a duo. Travel fees and accomodations are not included, and would need to be covered at the time of the event. This package includes two CDs, autographed by the band.

Another recently added high value item is an original painting by Gail Maslyk. Equine artist Gail Guirreri-Maslyk, of Virginia, paints brilliantly colored canvases with a unique brush stroke reminiscent of Post Impressionism and Fauve periods. Gail has been a notable graphic artist since 2000, working for Bent Tree Farm, Fox Grape Farm, and as a donating artist to the Roanoke Valley Horse Show. Her paintings and graphics have been on many magazine covers, posters, and reproductions.

The silent auction will begin at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 26, in Crowne Room A of the Crowne Plaza hotel. Bid numbers can be obtained at that time. Bidding in the Silent Auction will conclude for the day at 6 PM. Silent Auction bidding will resume at 10 AM on Thursday, August 27, and end with the conclusion of the Silent Auction at 3 PM.

The Live Auction will begin at 1:30 PM on Thursday, August 27, and in addition to the aforementioned, items up for bid will include such items as Kentucky Derby tickets, a Tommy Lovell Rocking Horse, Breeders’ Cup tickets, and bound volumes of The Horseman dating back to 1891. As in the past, a free reception and cash bar will be offered beginning at noon on Thursday, along with a poster signing by winners at the previous year’s World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS).

A $20,000 raffle drawing will also be held on Thursday, at 2:30 PM, as well as a $1,000 Grand giveaway, which will take place during the Silent Auction, for which a bid number is required, and participants must be at least 18 years of age and present to win.

The ASHA Auction and Youth Committees are currently in the process of gathering items for this annual event. The Auction is the sole fundraiser for ASHA Youth Scholarships and all ASHA Youth Programs (Junior Judging, Saddletime Awards, Academy Awards, Showmanship at Halter Awards, and the ASHA Youth Award). If you would like to donate an item please contact Brenda Newell, ASHA Sr. Program Administrator, at , Ron Merwin, ASHA Auction Chairman at, or Germaine Johnson, ASHA Youth Chairperson at All donations are tax deductible, as the ASHA is a 501(c)3 corporation. A donation form can be obtained from the ASHA website, here.

Additional details about the 2009 ASHA Youth Auction and Raffle, and auction item photos can be found on the ASHA website, here.

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