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October Hill Farm Supports Habitat For Horses Through Sponsorship of $25,000 Dallas Harvest Grand Prix

Tyler, TX - November 20, 2008 - October Hill Farm, a full hunter/jumper training, sales, and breeding operation in Hudson Oaks, Texas, recently attended the Dallas Harvest Horse Show in Tyler, TX. The farm, which specializes in developing top-quality hunter and jumper horses, competed at the horse show, which was held at the Texas Rose Horse Park. October Hill Farm is owned and managed by the Davis family.

Proceeds from the Dallas Harvest Horse Show were donated to Habitat For Horses, an equine protection organization that saves distressed, abandoned, and mistreated horses. The charity is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and well-being of all horses and provides a safe and secure home while rehabilitating them for adoption. October Hill Farm signed on as this year's presenting sponsor of the $25,000 Harvest Grand Prix to further support Habitat For Horses.

"We decided to sponsor the grand prix because we love animals and horses," commented Erin Davis of October Hill Farm. "We sponsored the class willingly and lovingly for Habitat for Horses; we certainly want to support a charity that helps all of the injured and homeless horses out there."

Along with sponsoring the $25,000 Dallas Harvest Grand Prix, Davis piloted her 12-year-old grand prix horse On Target to second place in the class. "Tracy [Fenney] outran me again for the win," Davis laughed. "I've been trying to beat her since I was eight years old."

Davis also earned tenth place in the grand prix with her young horse Alamo, a 6-year-old stallion. "He was fantastic," said Davis. "We bought him as a yearling over in Europe and imported him. I was very pleased with the results; he did much better than I expected for a young horse. I have very high hopes for him. Actually, all of my younger horses did quite well at the show. They stepped up and performed as well or better than the older and more experienced horses."

Earlier in the week, she competed with Alamo in the $3,000 Nordic Lights/Bruheim Welcome Stake and pinned third. On Target took second place in the $5,000 Jumper Classic.

At October Hill Farm, Erin Davis rides and trains the horses, while her sister Wendy manages the farm and breeding operation. Wendy Davis reported, "I'm really pleased with Alamo. It was his first outing at the grand prix level, and he was great. He showed us he can do the job. On Target did really well too. It's always a pleasure to watch my sister ride that horse. I'm really pleased with how our horses are going. We produce hunters and jumpers, so it's great to watch the horses we've bred and raised do so well."

She added, "The Dallas Harvest Horse Show was really well done. I think it's great to have a fantastic facility like the Texas Rose Horse Park. Patrick Rodes is a great manager, and the footing out there is fantastic. We'll go out there again and again, and we look forward to showing there in the future."

Erin and Wendy Davis, who started October Hill Farm in the mid-1980s, will continue to compete in the Texas area and focus on their breeding, training, and sales operation. With seven stallions, 30 horses in training, and over 80 horses on their farm, the Davis family remains engaged in the sport horse industry through training and philanthropic sponsorships.

For more information on October Hill Farm, please go to http://www.octoberhill.com

To learn more about Habitat for Horses and to view adoptable animals, visit

http://www.habitatforhorses.org/.

For more information on the Dallas Harvest Horse Show, please go to http://www.southboundshows.com.



Photo Caption: Erin Davis on On Target at the Dallas Harvest Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Jenny Underwood. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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