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Saddlebred Ball A Near Sellout

Lexington, Kentucky -­ The American Saddlebred Ball is at a near sellout and reservations are strongly recommended.

The Ball, which is set to take place at the Keeneland Entertainment Center this Saturday evening, February 19, marks the conclusion of the ASHA Annual Meeting and Youth Conference by honoring the Association¹s individual award winners. Among the honorees are Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Marty Mueller, Breeder¹s Award Winners Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Carolyn Groves and Meritorious Service Award Winner Ray Sheffield.

Reservations can be made by calling (859) 259-2742. Premium tables of 10 can be reserved for $1,000 and regular tables of 10 for $600. Individual ticket prices are $60.

Alan F. Balch, ASHA executive secretary, said waiting until the last minute will not guarantee anyone a seat.

³We moved to the Keeneland Entertainment Center because we had outgrown our previous location for our Saturday night event. However, it looks like convention attendance will be up significantly from previous years,² Balch said. ³We are going to try everything we can to find a seat for everyone who wishes to get in, but advanced reservations are essential.²

Cocktails will begin at 7 p.m. and the festivities will begin at 8 p.m. with a stirring video presentation, including the 2004 competition year in review, as well as solutes to the award winners. The Marksberry Big Band, 10-piece from Cincinnati, will provide the music.

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