FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEXINGTON, KY-November 25, 2014-The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the extension of its current Wheeler Museum exhibit, A Sporting Tradition: Iconic Horse Shows Across the United States. The exhibit will remain open through December, 2015. Additionally, as of today's date, the Museum is launching a video tour of the current exhibit offering those unable to visit the museum in person an opportunity to view it via their computers, smart phones or tablets.
"With the overwhelmingly positive feedback we've heard from the membership about the Wheeler Museum's Iconic Horse Shows exhibit, we are very excited to extend it," said Bill Rube, co-chair of the USHJA Wheeler Museum Committee. "Because these shows are part of the fabric of the hunter/jumper community, anyone who is passionate about this sport will enjoy reliving these incredible shows' histories, and we hope the extension gives more people an opportunity to visit."
The exhibit features photographs, video, artifacts and other memorabilia to showcase 19 of the most historically significant and storied competitions across the United States that featured hunter and jumper classes. In addition to their longevity and long-standing traditions, the horse shows featured share similar traits: competition, community and charity.
In fact, upon the exhibit's initial opening in June, 13 of the 19 competitions featured in the exhibit bear the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Heritage Competition moniker. Since the opening, one additional competition featured within the exhibit has been awarded this status. The USEF Heritage Competition designation is reserved for horse shows that have run for more than 25 consecutive years and have made a substantial contribution toward the development and promotion of the sport by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition. Also, they must involve and support the community within which the competition is held.
The video tour is now available at: www.ushja.org/wheelermuseum/videos.
The USHJA Wheeler Museum is supported by individual donors and in particular the Legacy Circle. The Founding Five of the Legacy Circle----Dr. Kenneth and Selma Garber, The Gochman Family, The Hallman Family and Merrylegs South, The Oberkircher Family, and Jennifer and Roger Smith----donated $10,000 each in 2014 to support the preservation of the hunter/jumper sport through the Wheeler Museum. For more information about joining the Legacy Circle, contact Megan Lacy at email@example.com.
About the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Wheeler Museum is home to an ever-growing collection of equestrian memorabilia including trophies, ribbons, books and equipment from all aspects of the hunter/jumper industry, as well as a collection of artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, which was previously located at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Located in the United States Hunter Jumper Association headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park, the USHJA Wheeler Museum is dedicated to Sallie and Kenny Wheeler of Keswick, Virginia, who built an equestrian dynasty over more than six decades receiving countless accolades including the American Horse Shows Association Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. The Wheeler Museum is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ushja.org/wheelermuseum.