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Indianapolis Charity News and Dates

Progressive changes are in store for a horse show that is definitely on the rise as the Indianapolis Charity moves into its 35th year. This show is very proud to continue its long time relationship with the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. This association is a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides the funds to grant special wishes for children with life threatening illnesses.

Show manager Peter T. Fenton of Pleasureville, Kentucky will take over the managerial duties. Fenton will join the original staff of Phyllis Harris, Michelle Carvin and Judy McManama as this team will continue to develop one of the areas fastest growing competitions.

The 2009 dates, June 3-6, fit into the show circuit very well as the show will no longer conflict with Rock Creek Horse Show, with that in mind Fenton believes that a number of the Kentucky based stables will attend.

"I am very excited to be a part of this show and feel that with the help of the UPHA Chapter 11 we can make Indy Charity one of the most competitive and fun filled stops in the Midwest. I will bring with me to Indy Charity a new Barn Manager as Dewey Bass will take over that spot and Bill Whitley will patrol center ring as our new Ringmaster. I have a great deal of confidence in these two gentlemen and I know that they will bring a new level of professionalism to this endeavor. "

Nelson Green of Nicholasville Kentucky has been selected to judge all division of this four day show. Those divisions include the American Saddlebred, Hackney and Harness Ponies, Road Horses and Ponies along with Morgans and Friesian horses. A complete Equitation division offering age groups, the UPHA Challenge Cup classes, NHS Good Hands, Saddle Seat Pleasure Equitation, the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Medallion as well as the Walk and Trot Equitation classes.

"Indy Charity has been a very nice horse show in the past and I certainly hope to add to its success. I will do my best to encourage new stables to join us and continue the development of this charitable event. We have expanded the Pony divisions and will offer a $1000 Hackney Horse Stake on Saturday night."

The stake classes for the Saddlebreds will continue their jackpot tradition of no qualifying classes and a purse of $1000 in the Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited and Fine Harness divisions.

The venue is the Indiana State Fairgrounds which provides the perfect setting with all the stalls located in a climate controlled area providing good safe stabling. The warm up rings are covered with direct access to the Pepsi Coliseum. The format will remain the same offering two sessions per day with start times of 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. UPHA Classics for horses and ponies will be offered, along with a nice class selection for young horses as well as Amateur and Junior riders. The Academy division will show on Saturday afternoon.

For additional information on the Indianapolis Charity Horse Show please visit our web site at or call any of the following people:
Peter T. Fenton--- Horse Show Manager--859-321-9281
Phyllis Harris------Co-Chair—317-336-7569
Michelle Carvin---Co-Chair---317-758-6265
Judy McManama-Secretary--317-773-3931

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