Silent Auction Supports USHJA Foundation and NARHA

December 29, 2008

Lexington, KY – A silent auction held by the United States Hunter Jumper Association raised over $5,000 in proceeds to benefit the USHJA Foundation and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). The silent auction was held at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN which took place December 8-11. Winning bids of the 28 donated items were announced at the Evening of Equestrians Awards Ceremony on December 10.

The USHJA Foundation promotes the hunter and jumper disciplines by supporting the programs of the USHJA. NARHA is a nonprofit equine assisted therapy organization that has over 800 member centers in the United States and Canada.

The silent auction featured a diverse range of items donated by affiliate and national organizations, USHJA members and equine companies. Donated items ranged from private lessons with Olympians to collectables for the upcoming 2010 World Games. Several trainers donated lessons to the auction including: Colleen McQuay, Louise Serio, William Simpson, Karen Healey, Candice King, Geoff Teall, Archie Cox and Laura Kraut.

A month’s worth of lessons from hunter/jumper trainer Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas was the highest bid item bringing $800. The second highest bid item, a circuit stall at the Jacksonville Winter Series, went for $500. Other notable items of interest were five days of board at Derbydown with training for horse or lessons donated by Louise Serio and Derbydown, Inc.; a 50th Anniversary Washington International Horse Show dress sheet donated by Personalized Products/Equine Outfitters; First Light Newborn Foal Sculpture donated by Equisure, Inc; and three custom coolers donated by Curvon Horse Clothing.

The USHJA would like to thank the following members, associations and companies for their donated items: Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association, North Florida Hunter Jumper Association, Inc., Tucson Hunter Jumper Association, Wisconsin Hunter Jumper Association, 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Curvon Horse Clothing, Equisure, Inc., Featherlite Trailers, Equinart, Inc., Hodge’s Badge Company, Inc., Myler’s Inc., Personalized Products/Equine Outfitters, Pinnell, SmartPak, William Simpson, Laura Kraut, Archie Cox, Karen Healey, Colleen McQuay, Louise Serio, Geoff Teall, Equilite, Inc., Oughton Limited, Washington Hunter Jumper Association, Candice King, USEF, and the United States Olympic Committee.

For more information on the silent auction or to donate items for next year’s event, email Kristyn Kay or call 859-225-6708.

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