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Saddlebred Exhibition at Charlotte Jumper Classic



The American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas has been offered a wonderful opportunity to exhibit the American Saddlebred at the Charlotte Jumper Classic held at Bobcats Arena, April 11-13, 2008. Many may remember the Saddlebred exhibitions ASAC held at Eastland Mall and Festival in the Park in the early 80s. These venues were some of the best promotions for the Saddlebred in the history of ASAC. Now, the association has a rare opportunity to show off the horses to the general public once again. They also have an opportunity to set up a Saddlebred promotion booth on the concourse of the arena where volunteers are needed. This is an excellent market to showcase the American Saddlebred!

ASAC has been invited for three performances on Saturday and one on Sunday. The format will be the new ASHA ad campaign "I’ll take you there", promoting the versatility of the American Saddlebred, which shows there is a Saddlebred for everyone’s interest. The audience will be horse enthusiast and the general public.

Very special horses and top riders will be needed to accomplish this goal. Good representatives of the breed will be needed as well as everyone’s help in order to make this possible. For more information on the Jumper Classic and view photos of the arena go to: http://www.charlottejumperclassic.com/gallery.aspx.

The horses will need to be shipped in on Saturday morning and can stay overnight if they are performing both days or have the option to ship in and out. If just performing on Sunday they would ship in and out that day. The horses will be required to go down a large hallway on dirt and tanbark over concrete. This is not only a USEF rated show but also an international FEI competition. Everything will be up to safety standards since most of the jumpers competing are the tops in the world. There will be little warm up area and time plus the first performance will be the first time the Saddlebreds get to see the ring.

If you know of horses that would be great representatives, please contact Betsy Boone. The exhibition will need everything from a competitive trail horse (or civil war reenactment), hunter, jumper, dressage, parade horse, equitation, country pleasure, western, pleasure, park, to three and five-gaited horses. They may have room for a fine harness horse or a road pony too. Selections and alternates will be made from the names submitted by the Saddlebred Exhibition Committee.

For more information or questions please contact Betsy Boone at (704) 796-3057 or boonescabin@aol.com.

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