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Horseplay Opens Season, Raises Funds for Beloved Local Zoo


Springfield, Massachusetts—January 26, 2007—“It has become a big promotional event for the Zoo, and a kick-start to our season opening,” says education director Alison Summers, referring to The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center’s “Equine Week at the Zoo,” presented in collaboration with Massachusetts Horse magazine. The popular week-long event will celebrate its fourth anniversary this April 14-22 at the Zoo in Forest Park, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“This is an exhibition, as well as an educational event,” says Summers. “The idea, in keeping with the mission of the Zoo, is to exhibit the wide variety in equines, and display the abilities and specialties of each breed using periodic demonstrations throughout the day.” Adds L.A. Pomeroy of Massachusetts Horse, “We appreciate the opportunity such an event presents its horse community to showcase their breeds and educate zoo visitors, many of whom may be experiencing horses for the first time.” The magazine, which serves the region’s horse communities, publishes from the Berkshires hill town of Goshen, and has worked with the zoo to present Equine Week since 2004.

Equine Week at The Zoo in Forest Park promotes public awareness and appreciation for animals of all kinds, including a variety of horse and pony breeds and their distinguishing qualities. Among this year’s featured breeds are Mammoth Jackstock and Norwegian Fjords, and the Zoo debut of a new zebra colt. Daily demonstrations will include children’s crafts and face painting, riding and driving performances, and grooming, show braiding, and hoof trimming.

It is also a powerful fundraiser for the nonprofit zoo, contributing more than $30,000 to the annual budget to care for its many animals, from leopards and mountain lions, to lemurs and, new this year, a pair of young wolves. For more information on participation or sponsorship of Equine Week at The Zoo in Forest Park, click http://www.forestparkzoo.com, or please contact director of education, Alison Summers, at (413) 733-2251 x10, or by email, Alison@forestparkzoo.com.


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