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Horse Shows by the Bay Partners With Numerous National Charities During Its 2008 Season

Traverse City, MI - August 8 - Horse Shows by the Bay, a three-week nationally recognized equestrian event, partnered this season with numerous charities to help fundraise over $25,000. The weekly charity events have become a highlight of the schedule and participation has grown steadily over the horse show's five season history.

CANTER-USA, a not for profit equine rescue group raised over $9800 for its organization through a silent auction and fundraiser sponsored by Meijer, Inc out of Grand Rapids, MI. The event coincided with a complimentary exhibitor dinner during the $25,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix. While enjoying the meal catered by Arizona Steak House participants were given the opportunity to bid on the numerous high-quality silent auction items that had been donated to CANTER throughout the year. The items that brought the most attention were an Antares Show Jumping Saddle, a US Open 2009 Golf Package, and halters worn by famous thoroughbred race horses. Artwork of thoroughbred great Barbaro also created bidding interest. "CANTER is extremely pleased with the Silent Auction results and the Hospitality Event - CANTER lists Horse Shows by the Bay as its PREMIERE event of the year," remarked Michigan chapter secretary and Detroit's WXYZ news anchor Robbie Timmons.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation raised over $6000 during its third annual event at Horse Shows by the Bay. The fundraiser was held on the first Sunday of the show series and coincided with the Celebration Dinner located at the famed Old Mission Peninsula Bowers Harbor Inn. The event was sponsored by the Ziegler Family, Tom Wright, and Horse Shows by the Bay. During the elegant affair attendees raised money for the Foundation by purchasing Diamond Drop champagne glasses and by bidding on specialty rider lesson packages that were donated by equitation specialist Andre Dignelli, hunter rider Scott Stewart, and Show Jumping Olympian Margie Engle. Additional items included in the auction were a breeding to hunter stallion great Escapade, a custom made Oakcroft Tack Trunk, and leather goods hand made by Devecoux. Dignelli was on-site to personally auction off his three-lesson package and as such received the greatest number of bids. "I had a great time here at the dinner and at the Horse Show - it's a quality event through and through," exclaimed Dignelli. The Equestrian Aid Foundation's mission is to build a membership based organization to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing direct financial support for their medical or other basic needs.

Perhaps the most fun charity events held at Horse Shows by the Bay were the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Kick-ball Tournament and the University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University Polo Match. The Tournament featured horse show attendees playing two simultaneous kick-ball games in the hunter warm up arena which was hosted by Personalized Products, Custom Fox Tack Shop and Ann K. Hubbard's Tack Shop. The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Rider Relief fund received over $2500 from the sales of 150 team jerseys purchased by the game players. The Polo Match held on the final Friday evening of the horse show pitted the two polo clubs against one another in a friendly game featuring high fashion, school rivalry, and a lot of enthusiasm. Each University team received monies collected from the 2500+ spectators that lined the tiered seating of the Team Elmer's Grand Prix Arena.

Additional charities to receive numeration through events held at the horse show were Leelanau & Grand Traverse 4H for their participation in Kid's Day, sponsored by Traverse City's Vinnie's West Side Eats; the Bits & Bridles 4H group for their half time Polo Match exhibition, and Ride for the Ribbon which is a research fund linked with the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Horse Shows by the Bay is a multi-week series of nationally ranked summer horse shows located at Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, MI. Over 1400 horses and their riders attended this year competing for $360,000 in total prize money. For more event information and information on the featured charities please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com or call 561-723-6287.

Photo Credit: University of Michigan and Michigan State University Polo Match at Horse Shows by the Bay. Photo (C) 2008 Joe Mama Photography. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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