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Dallas Harvest Horse Show Goes Beyond the Show Ring to Bring Plethora of Events for Everyone to Enjoy

Tyler, TX - October 7, 2008 - With the Dallas Harvest Horse Show a little over a month away, event and fundraising plans are in full swing. This AA rated event strives to be everything a world class competition should be. The show will run from November 5-9, 2008 at the Texas Rose Horse Park, in Tyler, TX.

For the five days of competition, dedicated staff and organizing committees have gotten together to put more than just ring competition on the schedule. This hospitality-driven show offers a variety of events and parties to keep everyone entertained.

Every morning on the show grounds, spectators and competitors will find a fully catered breakfast available to them. All this is offered compliments of the horse show. In addition, most high profile events such as this usually have an admission price to watch some of the top riders in the country compete. Admission at Dallas Harvest Horse Show is free to all, and convenient on-site parking is available.

Ellen Ahmann of Southbound Show Management, along with fundraising chairperson, Lori Motlagh, is the driving force behind the planning and execution for all the wonderful events and fundraisers for Habitat for Horses.

"One of the things that I love about what we're doing with this show is that we are giving back to the horse community. I think it is so important that we give back to our sport or anything that gives you enjoyment," said Ahmann. "For anything people are involved in, such as the equestrian industry, there are two sides. There is a definite need for support; there are so many horses in need of our help. We have a responsibility to give back."

Wednesday, November 5, is the first day of competition. At 3:30pm, the Dallas Harvest Horse Show will be hosting an USHJA sanctioned "From the Judges Perspective" Clinic presented by Southbound Show Management. Dallas Harvest Horse Show judges Mindy Darst and Betty Oare will be conducting the clinic.

Many Judges Clinics have high participation fees however, as a service to both exhibitors and spectators; Dallas Harvest Horse Show is offering this event free of charge. No reservation is required, but with a clinic as demanding as this one, seating will fill up quickly. Following the Judges Clinic, attendees will be invited to the Wednesday Welcome Party, which will be held in the Hospitality Tent located on the Hunter Berm.

On Friday, November 7, a major highlight will be the $15,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby. This event is sponsored by ASG Software Solutions, and presented by Dietrich Insurance and Walsh Harness Saddlery. Other major sponsors of this event include Charles Owen & Co., Dover Saddlery and local sponsor The Texas Rose Horse Park.

This exciting class will be coupled with the Friday Afternoon Hunter Derby Reception benefiting Habitat for Horses, which will begin at 3:00 p.m. located in the Hospitality Tent. Sponsoring this wonderful reception is Tyler Plastic Surgery, the premier plastic surgery center for enhancing beauty. Tickets are $50.00 per person with package deals available to include admission to the Grand Prix Brunch. Proceeds raised will directly benefit Habitat for Horses. This catered reception will have the best seating available for the International Hunter Derby.

The show will continue with a full schedule on Saturday, November 8th. Another free event will be offered; a catered Saturday Evening Exhibitor Dinner, Grand Prix Team Calcutta and silent auction. This evening spectacular will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be located in the Viewing Room above the Indoor Ring.

The Calcutta will be run as an auction. All riders competing in the $25,000 Harvest Grand Prix will be divided into teams of four or five. These teams will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder, who becomes the "owner" of the team. On Sunday, whichever team "owner" has the winner of the Grand Prix on their team wins 50% of the pot, while the other 50% is donated to Habitat for Horses. This exciting, fast paced live auction, featuring our guest auctioneer, Olympian Mason Phelps, dinner reception and silent auction should not be missed. The silent auction will feature 30 fabulous items including two Cheryl Crowe custom saddles, designer equestrian jewelry and clothing, sculpture, artwork and much more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their appetites and checkbooks for this charity event.

Those who plan on attending the $25,000 Harvest Grand Prix on Sunday, November 9 will be pleased to know that yet again, the Dallas Harvest Horse Show has hospitality on their mind. Starting at 11:30 AM on Sunday in the Jumper Ring Tent, a Grand Prix Brunch benefiting Habitat for Horses will be available. Tickets for this prestigious event are offered at $75.00 per person and Priority Seating Tables of eight are $750.00.

In addition to outstanding cuisine and premier seating, another event will take place prior to the grand prix. Habitat for Horses, an amazing horse rescue organization, will be in attendance with a few of the wonderful horses available for adoption. These horses in need will be the "stars" of the Habitat Parade which will take place just prior to the Grand Prix. Supporters of this organization include Executive Board members Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. Nelson has adopted 27 horses through Habitat.

"I am really excited about this horse show. I like that we are giving back to the horse world and an organization that is in need," said Ahmann. "Right now, Habitat's needs have been expanded because Hurricane Ike has just devastated their farm. They have a lot of repairs to do and work has to be done. I think it's wonderful that we are going to be able to do something to help them."

This jammed-packed schedule is full of fun, exciting activities and events for people of all ages to enjoy. Clinics, breakfast, brunches, dinners, and auctions are just the beginning of what the Dallas Harvest Horse Show has to offer. More events are in store and will be revealed over the course of the show.

For more information on the show and to view the prize list, please visit http://www.southboundshows.com

For more information on Habitat for Horses and to view adoptable animals, please visit http://www.habitatforhorses.org

Photo Credit: 2007 Dallas Harvest Horse crowd enjoying one of the many receptions offered at the show. Photo (C) 2008 Connie Kelts of Photo Rodeo South. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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