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Pink Ribbon Classic Horse Show coming to area soon

Published: June 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Staff report

The Pink Ribbon Classic Horse Show is scheduled to return June 19 at Sun Beau Valley Farm at 3229 State Route 59 in Ravenna.

Attracting entries from the tri-state area and beyond are classes for American Saddlebreds, Morgans, Arabs and more performing in the ring through June 22.

Special activities are on the calendar throughout the show and admission is free. The event benefits local breast cancer and other charitable organizations, all to raise cancer awareness. Pink Ribbon is hosted under the corporate umbrella of Equestrian Charity Events, a non-profit charitable organization.

New for 2014 is the $1,000 Andrew J. Burin Scholarship tobe awarded to the winner of the equitation championshipclass.\

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Also this year, Pink Ribbon welcomes Holly Armstrong and her American Saddlebred World Champion Parade horse Paddyngton's Mark of Distinction (aka "Marcus").

Marcus is one of only four horses selected world-wide to be a part of this year's Breyer 25thAnniversary celebration collection. Attendees will be able to visit with Marcus in the stall area June 20 as well as watch him compete June 20 and 21.

The June 21 special activities start off at 10 a.m. with the Pink Ribbon Experience, a behind-the-scenes look at the riders, trainers and horses.

This insider's VIP view of the show is free but space is limited and reservations are required (call 412-298-2512 for details). June 21 also is Ladies Day with an iconic hat contest being judged at 3 p.m.

Also on June 21, American Horse Adoption is set to begin the evening session with its renowned Salute to the American Flag during the national anthem.

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Performed numerous times in the past at the American Royal horse show in Kansas City, this tribute is a thank you to supporters who have donated to save more than 800 American Saddlebred horses from slaughter to finding new homes, whether for trail riding or to the show ring. For this performance only, the AHA riders will be joined by Marcus in full parade silver to present the colors.

American Horse Adoption/Saddlebred Rescue also is providing an opportunity for show attendees to meet the saved "Treasures" and learn more about horse rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming at its booth in the stall area.

The Pink Ribbon Classic special activities in addition to the show classes are scheduled to run on the following days and times: June 19 at 7 p.m.; June 20 at 9 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m.; June 21 at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.; and June 22 at 9 a.m. and noon.

A $5 parking donation per vehicle will be taken with free parking for veterans and cancer survivors.

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