Lexington, KY – A stampede of 400 horse-crazy youth filled the stands of the Alltech Arena Friday night for Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, sponsored by Group C. During this barn bazaar for young equestrians and local youth who simply adore horses, participants wore festive outfits, organized cheers and even dressed up in horse costumes to compete for prizes throughout the evening.
Alltech awarded prizes to youth who showed exceptional spirit and enthusiasm during evening events, which included the thrilling LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance, the high jump competition for world-class show jumpers. After the competition, Barn Night participants were invited inside the ring to meet top-level equestrians during an autograph and photograph session. All-star riders including Tim Gredley, Charlie Jayne, Catherine Pasmore and Hillary Simpson mingled with the youth and took photos beside the towering puissance wall.
The first 50 Barn Night participants who entered the Alltech Arena received goodie bags sponsored by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. Congratulations to the following prize winners:
One-year subscriptions to Sidelines magazine to Cammie Brunker of Keeneland Pony Club; Bobby Evans of Findaway Farm; Andrea Compton from Midway College; and Emma Baum from Meadow Lake Equestrian Center
A one-year supply of LIFEFORCE Elite™ to Ashlea Crouch of Diamond H Saddle Club
Official merchandise of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to Cara Malanowski of Shelby Creek Stables and Elaine Duett of Robert Murphy Stables
A Lyons Farm™ Grill Out Pack to Liftoff Equestrian Center in Versailles, KY
Alltech awarded a trip for four to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to Sadie Boschert of Midway College Equestrian Team. Findaway Farm of Burlington, Ky., took a golf cart back to their barn for organizing the largest participating group and showing the most spirit in the crowd.
“You could truly feel the energy and enthusiasm of these wild young fans fill the Alltech Arena tonight,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “We know it’s that sort of excitement in the community that affirms Kentucky’s position as the Horse Capital of the World and ensures the local equine industry’s ongoing success.”
Barn Night in the Bluegrass was presented by Group C and supported in part by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. To see group photos from Barn Night in the Bluegrass, visit www.alltech.com/press.