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Hospitality And Charity Fundraisers Included In The Many Special Features At The Horse Shows

Traverse City, MI - June 8, 2009 - Superb hospitality and numerous charity fundraisers are just a few of the many extras that riders, owners, and trainers will get to look forward to as a participant of this year's Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Set among the backdrop of the Grand Traverse Bay and the greater Traverse City, Michigan region, the month-long United States Equestrian Federation sanctioned event will provide morning breakfast socials, afternoon wine and cheese gatherings, and dinner parties both on and off-site for all that attend.

As a kind gesture to those that are working in the wee-hours of the morning, complimentary coffee and donuts will be the first thing to greet exhibitors as they prepare for each show day. Sponsored by David Beisel Stables, Bodyworks & "the Braiders," and Red Hare Tack and Togs, the Donut Drop can be found in the Vendor Trade Fair area next to the barns. For those that miss out on the early morning treats, bagels and juice will be served twice weekly at the show ring in-gates, which are sponsored this year by Dean and Alex Rheinheimer's Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc.

For those that have learned to love Traverse City's local award-winning wines and hand-crafted beer, they will get their opportunity to sample selections from Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery each Thursday as weekly Wine, Beer, and Cheese socials are scheduled to take place ringside. Sponsors include Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Artisan Farms, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and Positive Step Farm.

The first and third Saturday of the Festival will also include a complimentary exhibitor's party to coincide with the $15,000 USHJA Hunter Derby Classic and the $30,000 Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix respectively. The Derby Dinner will feature catering by Outback Steakhouse and is graciously being sponsored this year by co-sponsors Brookwood Farm, Hillside Farm & Friends, and Traverse City's Outback Steakhouse restaurant. Meijer of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is again the sponsor of the Series III party, which will also serve as a benefit for the Michigan chapter of the national horse rescue group, CANTER-USA.

Besides CANTER-USA, additional charities partnering with Horse Shows by the Bay are the Equestrian Aid Foundation, American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Leelanau 4-H, Grand Traverse 4-H, Munson Hospital Foundation, and the AC Paw Animal Rescue. Fun events like a doggy costume parade and contest, kid's day, a kickball tournament, and the off-site "Taste of Traverse City" are all primed to entice both participants and the local community alike to express their show of support.

The many generous promoters of the Festival will also get to experience the white glove treatment as weekly on-site VIP/Sponsor luncheons have been scheduled to coincide with each Sunday's feature Grand Prix Ring event. Luncheon sponsors include Wrenwood Farm, Graystone Farm Catering, and Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Brewery.

And new this year is an exclusive, invite-only sponsor cocktail party that is being hosted at Federico's Design Jeweler. The historic downtown Traverse City location promises to be a superb setting for what is to be an evening set among diamonds, high fashion, and gourmet downtown cuisine and spirits.

All of this and more is what awaits the thousands of participants who will be attending the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Festivities take place from July 8 through August 2, 2009. For more information please visit http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com or call 561 - 723 - 6287.

Photo Credit: The exhibitor parties are a big draw at the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Photo Randi Muster. This photo may be used once only in relation to this press release.


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