Arabian Horse Celebration Event returns to Freedom Hall September 17-20, 2014
May 8th, 2014
ARABIAN HORSE CELEBRATION EVENT
RETURNS TO FREEDOM HALL SEPTEMBER 17-20, 2014
Contact:Kelly Charpentier, Event Coordinator
LOUISVILLE, KY., February 10, 2014) Last year, “the Celebration” was one of the most applauded stops on the Arabian horse calendar, hosting nearly 275 horses and 15,000 visitors at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. This year, it promises to be even bigger and better.
What does not change:
- Half of all entry fees will be paid out in prize money, and this year there is additional guaranteed funding in many open championships.
- Stallion Row will offer great promotion for sires, with its central location, presentations and social events.
- An A-list of leading authorities will offer educational seminars on today’s most compelling equine topics.
- Clinics will be available to hone the skills of experienced horse people and teach newcomers, while demonstrations will attract novices and inform horse owners about a variety of Arabian talents.
- Youth Workshops which inspire a love of horses, particularly Arabians, are again on the schedule, serving children of all ages with a variety of activities from Breyer® horse painting to barn tours.
- The conveniently-located Shopping Expo will be back, offering everything from tack and equipment to stunning artwork, luxury items, apparel for the show ring and social scene, and more.
- The Celebration’s charity remains Louisville’s much-loved Home of the Innocents, which cares for neglected, abused and medically fragile children. Once again, Arabians will be providing a special experience for the kids (and a heartwarming one for those who see it).
And here’s what is new:
- The exciting Celebration Breeding Rewards Futurity Program for both halter and performance will be inaugurated. Terry Holmes is chairing its organization, and details are expected soon. “It will promote breeding,” says Holmes, who notes that it will be yet another asset for the sires of Stallion Row. “And we promise that it will be very straightforward—the easiest program ever.”
- The program has the potential for very substantial financial awards. “The prize money will be raised from a Stallion Service Auction and from the Breeders Rewards classes’ entry fees,” says the Celebration’s Bob Battaglia. “It will pay for itself, separate from the Event’s existing prize money system, and payback will be quick and simple.” The first Breeders Rewards competitions will take place in 2015.
- This year also will offer a Sale Program, which is not new to the Celebration (it actually began two years ago), but will be so expanded that it deserves special mention. Show management has put together a package that includes a stall on Sales Row, public showings, and advertising to enhance the horses’ sales potential.
- New this year also is the addition of straight Egyptian classes, endorsed by the Pyramid Society, that will lend another dimension to the show’s halter competition. “We are looking for ways to promote the Arabian horse,” says Battaglia, “and we want to include everyone. The Pyramid Society is one of the industry’s most respected associations. We are very proud to partner with them.”
And there will be more to come.
The Celebration invites participation on all levels, from exhibitors, breeders, spectators, commercial vendors and volunteers, to the general public and those who simply love horses and want to know more about Arabians. Benefactor and sponsorship packages also are available at a range of levels, including the purchase of skyboxes in Freedom Hall.
The Arabian Horse Celebration Event offers some of the highest-level competition in the breed, but it is about much more than that. It is a positive contribution to the future—and at the same time, it is an amazing opportunity for people who love Arabians.
The non-profit Arabian Horse Celebration team is made up of owners, breeders, trainers, amateurs, professionals and lovers of Arabian horses. For more information on the organization and the event, visit www.arabiancelebration.com.