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Patrick Rodes Welcomes Exhibitors and Spectators To The Dallas Harvest Horse Show

Tyler, TX - November 4, 2008 - The Texas Rose Horse Park is filled to capacity with a sold out horse show that began today. Over 400 horses and riders will compete at the Dallas Harvest Horse Show and will run though November 9, 2008.

Managing the horse show is Patrick Rodes. He was introduced to the business by his parents who were involved in the fox hunting discipline. Rodes rode and showed growing up, and he still rides at home. Being around horses his whole life eventually led into a career managing shows at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center. Since, he has branched out and started his own business, Southbound Show Management.

Soon after Rodes joined the Dallas Harvest Horse Show, the show quickly outgrew its Las Colinas Equestrian Center venue. Kim Brunson purchased a horse show facility in Tyler, TX, and the Dallas Harvest Horse Show was relocated. Even with a location change, exhibitors enjoyed the show so much that they followed the show to Tyler. The larger venue has since sold out as well, and has attracted riders from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and all over the country.

"We got too big there and there wasn't a comparable facility," said Rodes. "Texas has really lacked a quality place to have a horse show, so we were looking for an area," said Rodes. "At about the same time Kim Brunson had talked to me about being in the market of buying a place. I really didn't have anything to do with them picking this piece of property, but when they did, it looked like it had a world of potential to me to be a nice horse show place."

Since Brunson purchased the property, many improvements have been made to upgrade the quality of the grounds to make it a world class facility. Brunson has put in all of the arenas, the barns, and the permanent stabling for competitors.

The horse show also supports local charity organizations. They have been involved with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club that is supported during the spring show, the Scottish Rite Hospital, and most recently, Habitat for Horses. Habitat is a horse protection organization that strives to improve the quality of life for horses that have come in to their care, as well as provide equine education and awareness.

This year the show will host several fundraising events on behalf of Habitat for Horses. Dinners and a silent are just a few of the things planned. Habitat for Horses is supported by the country music industry's most popular artists, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith.

"Lori Motlagh has been a big help because she lives here and she has been a big driving force. She is the one who got us involved with Habitat for Horses," said Rodes. "She had gotten a horse from there. She is very involved with the community in the area and that has been a big help. We hope to just grow on it every year."

Rodes has gone out of his way to create a hospitality-focused event, and it is possible thanks to the members of his staff. Each day of competition is filled with hospitality-based offerings to exhibitors and patrons. Complimentary breakfast is held in the hospitality tent over-looking the hunter rings. A variety of lunch and dinner spreads are also provided. Ellen Ahmann is an important part of his winning team. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner on display is personally made from scratch by Ahmann.

"We have always done that in the past for this horse show. We have actually put it into a lot of the horse shows that we do," said Rodes. "It just seems like people always enjoy the hospitality, and they appreciate it and it comes back to benefit the next time around. People are happy and they have had a good time."

Photo Credit: Patrick Rodes, show manager of the Dallas Harvest Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Lauren Fisher/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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