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USHJA Officially Opens Building with Ribbon Cutting

August 20, 2010

Lexington, KY- The United States Hunter Jumper Association officially opened its new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY August 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a donor reception.

The evening also featured a Calcutta auction of the top 25 Derby horses and the order of go for round two of the $100,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. August 21 at the new Indoor Arena, was released. The top 25 will then be cut to the final 12 for the Handy Hunter round, beginning at 8 p.m.

“The USHJA has always prided itself on offering every member a voice and an opportunity to be a part of the equestrian community. The development of these headquarters was no exception,” said USHJA president Bill Moroney as he welcomed the many USHJA Foundation donors into the new headquarters. “We have received incredible support from our community through general donations and purchases of bricks, trees, and benches.”

The USHJA started its journey to recognition as the National and FEI Affiliate for the Hunter/Jumper discipline in 2003 and was awarded the national affiliate for hunters and jumpers in July 2004. The “Building for Growth” capital campaign began in September 2008, and the 14-member staff moved into the building in December 2009.

Many of the charter USHJA “Building for Growth” capital campaign donors were on-hand to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

“We celebrate a growing community of horsemen and horsewomen who have embraced the USHJA for its mission; and we celebrate each and every donor that has given their faith, time and support, as an investment into the future of our sport,” Moroney said.

The Calcutta auction, which divided the top 25 horses into five teams of five horse and rider combinations, raised $12,400 with a portion of the proceeds going to the USHJA Foundation Horsemen’s Assistance Fund.

The order of go for the top 25 horses competing in round two is available on the Derby website.

EquestrianLife.com will provide a free, live streaming broadcast of the Derby and expert commentary of the event with Olympic gold medalist Melanie Smith Taylor and Equestrian Life’s R. Scot Evans to web viewers worldwide via an exclusive International Hunter Derby Finals page at www.equestrianlife.com/derby.

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