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2008 Pro Am Horse Show Dedicated to Doug Shiflet

(Editor’s Note: The following speech was read by announcer Mark Farrar, Saturday, April 5, 2008, at the Pro Am Horse Show.)

Tonight, the Pro Am Benefit Horse Show is proud to dedicate its 31st annual horse show to someone who is a huge part of our horse industry and helps us all keep our memories of showing our horses and ponies part of our lives forever; our horse show photographer Mr. Doug Shiflet.

Doug is from Asheboro, N.C., and he started his photography business officially in 1979. He is the son of a famous and well-respected UPHA Hall of Fame horseman, Claude Shiflet, and his wonderful wife, Alice.

He has an amazing talent for being able to capture the perfect photo of horses and ponies. Doug has photographed every major breed at some of the largest shows in the United States including the World’s Championship in Louisville for which he has been one of the official photographers for over 24 years.

Many of you may not realize this, but Doug has been the official photographer of the Pro Am Benefit Horse Show for the last 30 years. The only year he did not photograph the show was the first year when Pro Am was a one-day horse show. He says he has all the negatives for all 30 years of this amazing horse show. There could be some blackmail-worthy photos in those negatives folks, so you might want to be nice to Doug!

Doug, Pro-Am is so blessed and thankful that you have stuck with our show through thick and thin and moves, and we are honored that you have been with us for 30 years. We are looking forward to 30 more. Congratulations!

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