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New Dates, New Location for Mid-A’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

On June 23-25, 2005, the 50th Annual Mid-Atlantic Morgan Horse Show will be held at the 600-acre Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. With a 4,000-seat coliseum and stabling for 1,200 horses in eight barns, the Virginia Horse Center boasts breathtaking views and pristine grounds.    

There are two large indoor arenas and 12 outdoor show rings on the grounds. For sport horse enthusiasts, there are internationally-rated cross-country and combined carriage driving courses. In between classes, exhibitors and spectators will be able to enjoy the center’s gift shop and two museums. There is also a campground and restaurant on the property and seven hotels within a mile of the center.    

Show Chairman Albert Lucine and Mid-A Club President Mike Goebig asked Jim Burdette to be Mid-A’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Chairman. Many will remember Jim as Mid-A's former show manager and the one who initiated the Supreme In-Hand Championship at Mid-A’s silver anniversary event. This unique class was won by the multi-World Champion Bennfield’s Ace, who was handled by Bill Parker. The following year, Jim developed the Pro-Am Park Saddle class, which was won by Elm Hill Bay Leader, who was ridden by trainer Gary Walters and owner Heidi Kunkel. The following year was the Pro-Am Park Harness event, which was won by R Bar B Lord Spence, who was driven by trainer Harry Sebring and owner Lisa Martin.    

Mark your calendars now for this historic and exciting event. Watch for future press releases naming officials as well as keeping you up-to-date on planned activities.

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