Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show to Award Over $150,000 in Hunter Prize Money


Katy, TX - March 31, 2011 -The Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show is just around the corner, and the top horse and rider combinations are preparing to travel to this incredible horse show where they will compete for $250,000 in total prize money. The hunter divisions alone will be awarding an unprecedented $150,000 in prize money to the winning combinations during the weeklong event, running prizes April 5-10, 2011 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in beautiful Katy, Texas. This unique hunter/jumper event draws the top competitors from around the country and benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

In addition to the High Performance, Junior, Amateur-Owner, Children's, Pony, and Adult Amateur Hunter divisions, the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show will feature a number of highlight hunter competitions. The main event will be the Carole and Jim Looke Family Fund $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

One of the barns that will be traveling to compete at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show will be SBS Farms with their professional rider Jennifer Alfano. Over the last two years, Alfano has won countless Hunter Derby events and placed second in the last two Finals, after winning the Leading Money Earner title. She will have mounts competing in the Derby, the High Performance Hunters, and the Second Year Green Working Hunters.

"Co-Founder Peter [Pletcher] has done an incredible job to get a lot of sponsorship and support for this horse show, with a lot of money at stake for the top horses in the hunter divisions, which doesn't happen too often," noted Alfano. "We have to support a true professional like Peter for what he's doing for the sport.  We are headed excited to head to Texas after the Derby in Palm Beach and can't wait to see what everyone's been talking about. I think it's great that there is such good prize money in the hunters, and we thought that made it worth the trip."

Another highlight event during the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show will be Thursday's $25,000 Pre-Green Classic, followed by the $20,000 National Hunter Classic on Friday. On Sunday, riders will also have the opportunity to compete in the $5,000 Junior Hunter Classic, and a $3,000 Pony Hunter Classic.

The Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show is produced by P.J.C.P. and main jumper events will include the  $25,000 Spring Gathering Grand Prix, the $10,000 1.45m Spring Gathering Welcome Stake, the $10,000 1.40m Spring Gather Jumper Classic, and the $10,000 1.35m Open Jumper Speed Stake.

The Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show is looking forward to a very successful event in 2011. For more information about sponsorship opportunities please contact Peter Pletcher at (713) 822-4617. For more information about the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show please visit www.britanniafarm.com or for a copy of the 2011 prize list contact Pauline Cook at (281) 924-6579.

SPRING GATHERING CHARITY HORSE SHOW FAST FACTS
EVENT: Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show

WHAT: An "AA" rated hunter and four-star jumper horse show produced by P.J.C.P Horse Shows and benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

WHERE: Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX, located just 40 minutes from Houston, TX.

WHEN: April 5-10, 2011

FEATURES:
· Over $250,000 in total prize money and over $150,000 in Hunter Prize Money
· Carole and Jim Looke Family Fund $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
· $25,000 Grand Prix
· $25,000 Pre-Green Classic
· $20,000 National Hunter Derby
· $5,000 Junior Hunter Classic
· $5,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic   

BENEFCIARY:  The Spring Gathering Charity Horse show benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which works diligently to find a cure for diabetes through the support of research. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for Type 1 Diabetes research. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with Type 1 Diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times each day or use a pump - each and every day of their lives. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including more than $107 million last year. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.    

HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to around 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: Complimentary during every day of showing

PARKING: On-site - There are also 50 amp & 30 amp Camper Hookups located directly on the showgrounds.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Alfano of SBS Farms will show Jersey Boy during the Carole and Jim Looke Family Fund $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show. Photo By: Shawn McMillen.




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