Trifecta of sponsorship results in new Derby title: ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance, Featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery

March 19, 2008

LEXINGTON, KY - The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) is proud to announce two new sponsors for the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby. In addition to the Derby 's Title Sponsor, ASG Software Solutions, two equestrian powerhouse companies have joined forces with the USHJA. Dietrich Insurance has signed on as the Derby 's Presenting Sponsor with Walsh Harness & Saddlery as the Featuring Sponsor. These new sponsors complete a trifecta of corporate sponsorship for the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

"As a leader in equestrian sports, the USHJA created this innovative and precedent-setting hunter program as a means to demonstrate the organization's creativity and progressive vision. The unparalleled sponsorship support this program has received so early in its inception is testament that the USHJA International Hunter Derby is a tremendous success," stated William Moroney, president of USHJA. "We commend and salute the commitment that ASG Software Solutions, Dietrich Insurance and Walsh Harness & Saddlery have provided to the new Derby program."

"We are thrilled to become a sponsor of the USHJA's new International Hunter Derby series. This partnership will enable the hunters to be showcased in an extraordinary fashion. We feel it is an important step in the future promotion of show hunters world wide," stated Shawna Dietrich, president of Dietrich Insurance. "As a participant in the hunter and jumper arenas for over 30 years, I am excited to be able to join in the sponsorship of the USHJA International Hunter Derby. This Derby provides a great opportunity to showcase hunters in a venue and manner that displays their brilliance and athleticism. Dietrich Insurance is proud to be involved in the Derby Series and promote the sport of show hunters."

Dietrich Insurance is one of this country's largest agencies specializing in insurance for sport horses and horse properties. The Dietrich Insurance staff is uniquely skilled to offer numerous comprehensive insurance products, underwritten by qualified companies.

Walsh Harness & Saddlery, a sponsor since the inaugural Derby in December 2007, has watched the new hunter initiative grow and prosper. "We are extremely excited to be a part of this new series and look forward to the growth it will promote in the industry for everyone,” stated president Paul Treiber. "We are proud to be a part of such an exciting, and new competition that people will be talking about and showing up to see. Walsh Harness & Saddlery has, and will continue to, provide quality leather halters and leads as prizes for all of the competitions in the 2008-2009 qualifying competition season."

Walsh Harness & Saddlery has been making leather harnesses and halters since 1914. Paul Treiber purchased the company in 2002 and has expanded the product line to include saddle items for show horses, thoroughbred racing, hunters and jumpers, quarter horses and reining.

The USHJA International Hunter Derby Series was created to bring show hunters to the international level, to increase spectator, media and sponsorship interest and to bring tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of showing hunters. Click here for more information on the USHJA International Hunter Derby and the 2008/2009 schedule.

For more information please contact Whitney Allen, Director of Marketing and Communications at 859-225-6967.

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