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Second Annual Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show

Goshen, MA—October 4, 2006—“As a benefit, the show was a success before the first horse ever stepped in the ring,” said publisher/editor Stephanie Sanders-Ferris regarding the second annual Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show, October 1, at the Hampshire County Riding Club grounds in Goshen, Massachusetts. “We doubled the amount of support raised since our inaugural effort, and pre-entries also showed a marked increase.”

Profits from the open horse show are directed each year to a different equestrian, or equine rescue, nonprofit organization. This year’s recipient was Bay State Equine Rescue (BSER), founded in 2002, in Oakham, to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected, and abandoned equines devoid of compassionate human advocacy. BSER focuses on community education and long-term recovery thanks to a legion of dedicated volunteers and donations.

Sanders-Ferris said $4,000 was raised through show sponsorships and keepsake program advertising, as well as rider entries. BSER president, Susan Sheridan, also credits long term planning between her volunteer organization and Massachusetts Horse, with striking the fundraising effort off on the right lead. “It was the efforts of many, working together, that enabled us to help the horses and ponies who need us. This fund raising adventure was a great success.”

Giving generously of their most precious commodities – time and talent – were judges Michelle Connors of Fiskdale (English), Ed Golembeski of Gill (Western), Joe Lombard of Medway (Hunter), and Pinnie Sears of Montague (Trail). Credit also goes to course designer, Joy Collins, of Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley, and Xenophon Farm in Montague, for providing the fences for the Hunter division. Special thanks go to Kris Martin and the Speeter family, in Hatfield, for transporting fences.

Among the day’s featured winners was Junior Olympics hopeful, Amber Riopelle, 14, of Florence, who rode Southern Comfort to first place in the Massachusetts Horse Junior Talent Search. “I like showing, and being competitive,” says the JFK Middle School student, who rides out of Stillwater Farm in South Deerfield.

The Bay State Equine Rescue Pleasure Class, open to horses and ponies that have been saved from abuse, was won by Kalyn Gelinas, riding Luke Who Dun It, a dun gelding rescued by Greenbriar Farm of Savoy. “He had been starved, mistreated, and his hooves were abscessed when he came to us,” explained Kalyn and Sandy Brazee, owner of Greenbriar Farm. Luke looked the picture of health and contentment as Kalyn accepted her winner’s garment bag from SmartBlue/SmartPak, and a Bitless Bridle®.

Lauren Trembley of Pittsfield, and Welsh/Morgan cross, Rolling Thunder, looked their personal best to receive the High Point Fitting & Showmanship award and gift certificate sponsored by artist Connie Moses and PortraitsWithHorses.com.

The “Largest Group From a Barn” award – an original metal decoration depicting a jumper and rider provided by Springfield Fence Company -- went to Greenbriar Farm, named “Best Horseback Riding in the Berkshires” in 2006 by The Berkshire Eagle newspaper. Dion Tack and Gallery of Hadley generously sponsored engraved crystalline awards for all division champions.

“The mission of Massachusetts Horse is to give back to the community. I am confident this Benefit Show, with its good intentions and great awards, will continue to grow and help those who need it most,” said Sanders-Ferris. 2005 Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show profits went to the Children’s Equitation Center of Ashfield, which promotes racial diversity in the horse industry.

For information or to become a sponsor of the 2007 Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show, please visit http://www.mahorse.com.

 

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