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$20,000 Will Go to Winners in Annual Saddlebred Raffle

Lexington, Kentucky - Tickets are now selling for the annual Saddlebred Raffle, with winners to be drawn at random during the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show. 

According to Brenda Newell, Sr. Program Administrator for the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), the raffle is one of the ASHA’s most important fund-raisers.  Only 400 tickets are sold worldwide, at $100 each, for gross proceeds of $40,000.  Of that, $20,000 goes into the Saddlebred Futures Fund, and $20,000 of it is returned to winners in cash prizes.

The Grand Prize is $5,000, with two prizes of $2,500 each, one each of $2,000 and $1,500, three of $1,000 each, and seven of $500.  Compared to the original ASHA Raffle years ago, prize money has now doubled to $20,000 from $10,000 originally, and the number of winners has tripled, to 15.

"This is a great way to make a small investment in the promotion of the Saddlebred breed," said Newell, "and get a tax deduction, yet still have the chance to win some real money back.  It’s ideal for people who want to see the Saddlebred promoted more and better, because all the funds go to education about and promotion of the breed."

The lucky 15 winning names will be drawn on Thursday night, August 21, in Freedom Hall during the World’s Championship Horse Show, by the Saddlebred Ambassadors who have committed to promoting the breed by selling the raffle tickets.  Ticket holders need not be present to win.  Then, the lucky winners or their representatives will draw for their actual prizes on Friday evening, August 22.

Raffle tickets will soon be available for purchase on-line at  Ambassadors selling tickets include Jennifer Dixon in California , 650-851-7399, Stacey Kipper in Colorado 303-766-6985, Bridget McNeese in Texas 713-520-6789, Judy Werner in Illinois 618-660-8325, Mary Ann Pardieck in Indiana 812-525-7733, Jennifer Robertson  in Kentucky 502-220-5696, Scott Matton in Wisconsin    262-227-6219, Susan Reimer in Georgia 770-599-0594, Kristen Cater in New Hampshire 603-566-2264, and Nancy Boone in North Carolina 704-933-7416.

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