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AHJF’s Emergency Relief Fund Will Score Points Bowling for Equestrians In Need!

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2009 – Scoring points for the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation’s (AHJF) Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) will be the goal on Sunday evening, February 15 in the third annual “Bowling for Equestrians.” This event benefits the AHJF’s Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) and takes place at Greenacres Bowl (6126 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, FL) from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

“This is one of my favorite events! It gives equestrians a chance to come together with their family and children for a fun-filled evening to benefit an important cause,” commented AHJF Executive Director, Michele Perla.

The Emergency Relief Fund assists equestrians in their time of monetary need. Established in 1995, this important AHJF program focuses on those in the sport in a time of financial crisis. The Board of the AHJF reviews urgent situations, (medical emergency, accident disability or death in the family, drug or alcohol abuse, fire or a disaster) and makes a determination in accordance with the need. The monies come from the AHJF, private gifts and from other donations such as The Capital Challenge Horse Show and each WCHR horse show member event.

All donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Over the past 12 years the ERF has assisted many equestrians and has distributed close to $395,000. Last year “Bowling For Equestrians” allowed the AHJF to distribute an additional $45,000 to needy individuals and families.

When event Chair Katie Robinson came up with the idea of a bowling event there was some skepticism. Not only was it a huge hit but those present were thrilled to have a fun-filled non-horse activity they could enjoy with family and friends.

Groups are encouraged to dress up for the occasion; matching outfits, and creativity are encouraged. Among the many prizes given out throughout the evening are the most creative matching group outfit and the Best Male and Best Female bowlers. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are available and families, barns or individuals can purchase a lane for $2,500 or $1,250 or individual tickets for $150. Raffle tickets will also be on sale.

Last year’s fundraiser brought together over 300 people to enjoy a world beyond the horses. In addition to the bowling there will be food, beverages, karaoke, gift giveaways and a game room. One of the prizes is by casual game developer and publisher MumboJumbo. They are providing copies of two of their recent releases, Polar Bowler for Nintendo DS™ and Polar Sports Volume 1 for the PC.

The AHJF was formed in 1992 to further the development of the equestrian sport of show hunter rider competition by providing a national office to organize, coordinate and support hunter rider competition. Other programs of the AHJF include the World Championship Hunter Rider Awards, AHJF Educational Programs, the AHJF BSA Inc. 401k and Profit Sharing Plan. The day before Bowling for Equestrians, the AHJF will host its Hunter Classic Spectacular in Wellington, FL (February 14). The AHJF WCHR Professional Finals take place on October 2 in Upper Marlboro, MD.

For more information, to reserve a lane, or to make a tax donation to the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund to help fellow horsemen call 508-835-8813, email AHJF@earthlink.net, visit their web site: http://www.ahjf.org or write: AHJF Relief Fund, PO Box 369, West Boylston, MA 01583.


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