Lexington, KY - For the first time ever, the Alltech National Horse Show is in Kentucky, and for as low as $10, you can be a part of history in the making, while at the same time benefiting a noteworthy charity. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the Alltech National Horse Show general admission gate receipts will be donated to the various charities featured each day at the event.
The 128th Alltech National Horse Show will be held from November 2-6, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Tickets are now available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, and range from $10 to $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult (limit two child tickets for every paying adult). Parking at the Alltech Arena is free.
The schedule of charities benefiting from the Alltech National Horse Show ticket sales is as follows:
Wednesday, November 2
Daytime: The Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. It also provides for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals, and conducts research to discover new ways of improving the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
Dr. Henry Iwinski, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shiners Hospital, said, "We are thrilled to be selected as one of the charities for the Alltech National Horse Show. Over 10,000 children from Kentucky and the surrounding states are currently receiving expert pediatric orthopedic care at our hospital. Gifts such as this one from Alltech enable us to deliver that care regardless of the families' ability to pay."
Evening: The Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project
Just days following Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010, Alltech began its work to help rebuild the country through tangible, long-term investment. Within 48 hours of the quake's cessation, Dr. Pearse Lyons was in Haiti identifying opportunities for involvement, and the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project was launched. Today the project includes complete financial responsibility as well as renovations for a grade school in northern Haiti and the resurrection of a Haitian gem - the country's 100% mountain-grown Arabica coffee. Organically grown and Fair Trade Certified™, Alltech's Café Citadelle coffee is hand-picked, ensuring a consistent and flavorful coffee at the peak of its richness. Most importantly, the coffee provides a sustainable livelihood for the people of Haiti with all proceeds from Café Citadelle going directly to the thousands of families working for the co-op as well as two Haitian primary schools.
"Haiti needs a healthy economy," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. "Sustainable economic growth is the only thing that will make a long-term difference in Haiti. Alltech is pleased that our Sustainable Haiti Project can be among the other well deserving charities benefiting from the Alltech National Horse Show."
Thursday, November 3
Daytime: The Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop
The Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop was designed and is dedicated to providing services, activities, and supervision that will help engage youth in a manner as to keep them off the streets and hopefully off the path that leads to gun violence, gang affiliation and substance abuse. Through the collective efforts of staff members, volunteers, parents, and peers, the Mustang Troop has proven a successful avenue for children looking for structure, guidance, and purpose in their lives. It is the goal of the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Mustang Troop in general, to encourage children and young adults to live up to their potential by giving them, through their work with horses, the necessary resources to be successful in school, work and life as a whole.
Kathy Hopkins with the Mustang Troop stated, "The Mustang Troop, and the Kentucky Horse Park as a whole, is overwhelmed and extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Alltech National Horse Show. This is a wonderful honor that will be greatly appreciated by our staff, troopers, and horses. The Mustang Troop is a program that survives solely on donations and volunteer manpower, and we are thankful for each and every generous contribution that comes our way. Thank you so much for this outstanding recognition."
Evening: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding and improving the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Horse Park, located on over 1,200 acres in the heart of Kentucky, is known throughout the horse industry as a competition facility and working horse farm, and to visitors from around the world as a beautiful and serene tourist destination. The Kentucky Horse Park celebrates the horse, in all its forms and interactions with humans. It is the world's only park dedicated to humankind's relationship with-and love for-the horse. More than one million visitors travel to the park annually to explore their own personal relationship with horses. Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has contributed over $25 million worth of improvements, helping to make the Kentucky Horse Park the leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world.
"The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is pleased and honored to be named one of the charity recipients of the 2011 Alltech National Horse Show. Please join us on the evening of Thursday, November 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena to watch world-class equestrians compete and help raise funds to support the Kentucky Horse Park," said Laura Klumb, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
Friday, November 4
Daytime: Louisville Mounted Police
The Louisville Mounted Police's mission is to help ensure that Louisville is one of America's safest cities by using private donations to provide the Louisville Metro Police Department and its officers with essential equipment and programs not covered by tax dollars. The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is a private, independent and non-profit charitable organization and focuses its spending on four categories: crime fighting, excellence in policing, health and well-being of LMPD officers, and community partnerships.
"Louisville Metro Police Foundation certainly appreciates opportunities to partner with Alltech. This is a great opportunity to make Louisville a safer city and ensure LMPD has the necessary resources. Community partnerships have proven over the decades to be an invaluable asset to combat criminal activity," said Troy Pitcock of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation.
Evening: Kentucky Equine Humane Center
The Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) is a first-of-its-kind facility, established with the specific goal of providing owners with a humane option when they need to give up their horses. No horse in Kentucky in a precarious situation is ever turned away. Those who can be adopted go to loving homes and, like dogs and cats, those with chronic pain, hopeless injuries or illness are compassionately euthanized by a licensed veterinarian. Since KyEHC opened its doors in 2007, it has given refuge to more than 650 horses.
Saturday, November 5
Daytime: Lexington Mounted Police
Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supporting the horses and officers of the Lexington, KY mounted police unit and their outreach training efforts to mounted officers throughout North America with an annual National Mounted Police Colloquium. The Lexington mounted unit also offers The Civilian Equine Sensory Clinics, supporting civilian riders.
"We recognize and appreciate the enormous support of corporations in the sustenance of equine sports. Without this level of involvement, these sports would not be able to maintain the level of excellence we are experiencing in the current economy. The Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police are especially grateful for the invitation to participate in the educational opportunities during the 2011 Alltech National Horse Show," said Gin Preston with the Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police.
Evening: United States Equestrian Team Foundation
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international high performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. Its main tasks are to support athletes, promote international excellence and build for the future.
Bonnie Jenkins, executive director of the USET Foundation, said, "We are so appreciative of being selected as one of the charities for the Alltech National Horse Show this year. The NHS has been an important and prestigious competition for our U.S. Equestrian Teams in the years past. Choosing the USET Foundation as the charity for the Grand Prix evening is wonderful and will truly help as we look forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London."
Sunday, November 6
Daytime: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in fighting animal cruelty, engaging community partners in animal welfare and enhancing animal health services. The ASPCA, headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, a grant program that helps animals in need across the nation, and a ground-breaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.
"The ASPCA is honored to be a beneficiary at the Alltech National Horse Show's ASPCA Day on Sunday, November 6," said Valerie Angeli, senior director of Equine and Special Projects at the ASPCA. "For 145 years, we have been dedicated to the protection of horses, and this donation will allow us to do more for horses across the country in need of help and a protective voice. In 1933, ASPCA board member Alfred B. Maclay created the ASPCA Maclay Competition in partnership with the National Horse Show to foster responsible and compassionate horsemanship. We are confident this tradition will continue at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, the home of our 'Angels for Horses: The ASPCA at the International Museum of the Horse.' exhibit."
For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, please visit www.nhs2011.org.