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HEART Sock Hop Attendees Twist the Night Away!

Wellington, FL - February 18, 2008 - Hundreds of equine enthusiasts turned out in 50s Sock Hop garb to support the efforts of the Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) ambulance at the third annual fundraiser, held on Feb. 15, 2008.

With a 50s Sock Hop theme, the location, Acorn Hill Farm, was transformed into an authentic 50s diner, complete with the incredible music of City Lights. The band performed all night and kept guests on their feet, dancing to the classic hits of the era. Guests were greeted by the ambulance staff, and the ambulance unit was on-site for viewing.

There were several great raffle prizes for which partygoers could purchase tickets, including a case of first vintage Acorn Hill Wine, a piece of jewelry from David Yurman, a P.J. Saddle of choice and more. Outback Steak House, owned by Tim Gannon, provided the delicious menu of shrimp, prime rib, vegetables and rich desserts. Additionally, there was an old-fashioned ice cream bar where guests were treated to authentic root beer floats and more.

HEART's Sock Hop was generously sponsored by: Outback Steakhouse, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Murray Kessler, Sweely Holdings, Jacque Schultze, Bombardier Flexjet, Split Rock Farm, Meadow View, Beth Johnson, Warm Wind Farm, Martha Wachtel Jolicoeur P.A., Trelawny Farm LLC, Jackie Leemon and Tim Toole, Jane Forbes Clark, R. Bruce Duchossois and H n' D Stables, and David Lubben and Nancy Kwam.

The HEART Equine Ambulance was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2000. The organization is led by grand prix rider Robin Sweely, along with a dedicated staff of specially trained employees and volunteers. To date, HEART has two trucks and two trailers - one retrofitted to be an ambulance and one that was custom-built per HEART's specifications. With the help of private donations and the annual fundraiser, the organization has expanded their services and availability. In 2006, HEART transported 8 horses, while in 2007, that number jumped to 29. Between the two rigs, HEART attended 30 horse shows this year.

Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence that horses are physically debilitated or die during show jumping competitions, and while accidents are few and far between, these loses are incredibly traumatic. Aside from the obvious heartbreak to the riders, the public observing the incident is forever impacted by how the care of the horse is handled.

For more information about HEART or to make a donation, please visit the Web site at http://www.equineambulance.com.



PHOTO CREDIT: Mason Phelps, Robin Sweely (HEART president) and Tony Hitchcock (HEART board member) at the HEART Sock Hop. Photo by Heather Caristo/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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