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Horse Shows by the Bay Has Top Notch Fundraisers and Festivities To Keep Everyone Entertained

Traverse City, MI - July 16, 2008 - Horse Shows by the Bay has more than just classes during the three week long horse show, which runs from July 16 to August 3, 2008, at the Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, MI. Horse Shows by the Bay will offer exciting fundraisers, festivities and exhibitions for competitors and patrons to enjoy.

The festivities will kick off on Saturday, July 19, with Kid's Day. An entire day is centered around kid-friendly activities which will begin at the "Garden" by the Old Bank Barn, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be face painting, an Activity Station provided by Leelanau & Grand Traverse County 4-H, Horseless Jumping, Barn Tours, Dog Agility Demonstrations and an opportunity to meet "Roxy" the mini-pony. Kid's Day attendees are also invited to watch the nation's best Junior and Amateur Riders compete for $10,000 in the Team Elmer's Grand Prix Ring at 2 p.m. Kid's Day is sponsored by Traverse City's Vinnie's West Side Eats.

Sunday, July 20 from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. will bring you the Bowers Harbor Inn Celebration Dinner and will feature a fundraiser for the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Hosted by Tom Wright of Uphill Farm Investments and the Ziegler Family of Artisan Farms, there will be a Diamond Drop and Live Auction.

The Diamond Drop is a charity raffle that sells glasses of champagne for a chance to win a one carat diamond. Odds are extremely high with a one in 200 chance of winning. The Live Auction will offer a number of prestigious packages and items to bid on. Packages include a Jumper training package with Margie Engle, Hunter training package with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley, an Equitation training package with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith, and a Dressage training package with Robert Dover. Items for auction include a Custom Oakcroft Wooden Tack Trunk, and leather goods by Devoucoux valued at $1,200. Another special auction opportunity is breeding to Escapade, a 2001 Elite Hanoverian Stallion who is 16.2h, black and is half brother to Scott Stewart's "Beyond", sire of "Cool Blue", "Be Cool", and "Dynamic". Escapade is both IHF and IJF nominated. He stands at Barrington Hill Farm in Dade City, FL.

Tuesday afternoon, on July 22, is the American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF) FUN-draiser. Sponsored by Personalized Products, Ann K. Hubbard Tack Shop and Custom Fox Tack Shop, this Kick Ball tournament will raise money for the AHJF.

Sunday, July 27, marks the Ride for the Ribbon Breast Cancer Research $1,000 2'6" Non-Pro Hunter Classic. All proceeds will go to the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Come out and watch an exciting class while supporting Breast Cancer Research.

Friday, August 1, brings the Polo Tournament and Hat Contest to Traverse City. Two top University Polo Teams - University of Michigan and Michigan State - compete to raise money for their respective teams. From 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., patrons are encouraged to come dressed representing their favorite team. Admission is $5 per person; all proceeds go to the University teams. Contests include silliest hat for kids, most over the top and best team spirit for U of M and MSU. This event is sponsored by the Johnson Family of Meadowview Farm.

On Saturday, August 2, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., is the Silent Auction. This fundraiser, sponsored by Meijer, will donate all proceeds to CANTER, which helps rescue thoroughbreds. While you do not have to be present to bid on items, you will not want to miss the excitement or the atmosphere this fundraiser will bring. Silent Auction items can be previewed on http://www.canterusa.org/michigan/.

With more than enough activities and fundraisers to keep you occupied, Horse Shows by the Bay encourages everyone to come out and enjoy what the Traverse City horse shows have to offer. For more information, please visit http://www.horsesportsbythebay.com.

Photo Credit: Kids enjoy equestrian activities at Horse Shows by the Bay. Photo Copyright 2007: Randi Muster. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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