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Youth Conference Pre-Registration Deadline is Feb. 3


Lexington, Kentucky ­– The 2006 Youth Conference will take place Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, with a number of unique activities planned for the young Saddlebred enthusiasts.


Highlights include the “Past, Present and Saddlebred Future” Youth Field Trip, Saddlebred Ball at the Keeneland Entertainment Center, Youth Awards Luncheon at Spindletop Hall, Social Activities, Round Tables, Youth Fashion Show, Awards Breakfast and a Youth Clothing Consignment Sale. 


The Youth Clothing Consignment Sale will allow Youth Conference attendees to bring their gently used riding clothes, as well as look for additions to their riding closest.  A portion of the clothing sales will benefit the American Saddlebred Horse Association, and the rest goes to the sellers’ pockets.  Martha Pope from the Good Habit in Louisville will assist in the operation of this shop.


It is important to note to all convention attendees that Spindletop Hall prohibits denim jeans or shorts worn on the premises; so, youths are requested to wear khaki pants, corduroys, etc., for the activities on Saturday, February 18. 


Registration forms can be found on the Youth Conference webpage on the Association’s website:  Registrations postmarked, faxed or phoned in by Friday, February 3 can receive a special rate of $100; registrations after February 3 are $130. 


For more information, please contact Dede Gatlin by e-mailing or calling (859) 259-2742, ext. 346. 


Youth Conference Event Highlights


“Past, Present and Saddlebred Future” Youth Field Trip

Youth Conference attendees will travel through the Kentucky Bluegrass and learn why the Commonwealth is the Horse Capital of the World. Stops include an exclusive tour of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Spindletop Hall. Participants will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Saddlebreds at Rob Tanner’s King’s Row Acres and Bret and Suzi Day’s Grey Ridge Farm.


Saddlebred Ball at the Keeneland Entertainment Center

A coming together of all Saddlebred constituencies to celebrate the wonderful world of Saddlebreds, this family affair of fine dining and dancing will honor the Frank Ogletree Youth Award recipient, ASHA Youth Club of the Year and other prestigious award winners.


Youth Awards Luncheon at Spindletop Hall

Youth Clubs receiving Outstanding Achievement Awards, ASHA Juvenile Choice Award winners and Photo Contest winners will be recognized for their accomplishments during lunch at the historical and elegant Spindletop Hall.


Youth Activities

As the slew of Youth Conference attendees make their way to Lexington, a pizza party and other social activities will take place to help get youth members acquainted.


Youth Round Tables

Various professionals from the industry, including Doug Shiflet, Chad Graham, Smith Lilly, Missy Hughes, Matt Shiflet, Neva Van Ess and others will lead discussions, share experiences and answer questions for the youth members.


Youth Fashion Show presented by Le Cheval

Youth members of ASHA will walk the runway and showoff the latest fashion styles from Le Cheval both in and out of the show ring. Le Cheval will present proper riding attire for matinee and evening performances, as well as stylish fashions for after the show.


Youth Awards Breakfast

Academy Awards will be presented to those earning gold, silver or bronze medallions for their participation and success during the 2005 season.

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