Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. Announces “Taste of Traverse City” Exhibitor Party to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation

Friday, May 1, 2009

Traverse City, Mich. – April 28, 2009 – "Taste of Traverse City," this year’s annual off-site exhibitor party hosted by Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc., will benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), a non-profit organization providing basic medical needs funding for those suffering catastrophic illness or injury. The party and auction scheduled for Sunday, July 12, 2009, will feature popular food and beverages from area restaurants at the Jolly Pumpkin Tavern and Brewery on Old Mission Peninsula.

“Taste of Traverse City” will be held during the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival, a four-week, multi-discipline equestrian event at the Flintfields Horse Park on July 8-August 2. This will be the fourth year that Horse Shows by the Bay has partnered with EAF; however the first time that the entire event will be managed by the Foundation. To date, Horse Shows by the Bay has raised more than $40,000 to benefit the EAF.

“Given the tough economic times and the continued demand that is being placed on the Foundation for donor support, we felt that a more aggressive approach had to be taken to raise the awareness and significance of the Foundation and the role it plays within the community,” said horse show co-owner Alex Rheinheimer. “This event has been a huge success in the past, and we are dedicated to continuing our support for an organization that can make such a significant difference in people’s lives.”

Only 250 tickets for the exhibitor party will be issued. Each ticket is $125 with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to the EAF.  More than 500 people attended the function last year.

The evening will feature popular dishes from Traverse City’s favorite local restaurants, including Cafe Habana, Blue Tractor Cook Shop, Northpeak Brewery, and Bowers Harbor Inn. Hand-crafted artisan Jolly Pumpkin micro-beers and award-winning wine from long-time horse show partner Bowers Harbor Vineyards will also be available.

Bidding on exclusive silent auction items will complete the evening.

Tickets can be purchased by check through the horse show by marking the total number of tickets needed on the hunter/jumper horse show entry blank or by going to EAF direct via their web site or by calling 1-800-792-6068. 

For horse show information, please visit Additional entry forms are available to download from the Exhibitor Info Tab.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation’s mission is to build a membership-based organization to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing direct financial support for their basic medical needs. It is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information on the event and EAF, please visit