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Horsemanship on display in Meadville this weekend

Submitted Wed, 09/26/2012 - 9:18am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – Great stories, breathtaking beauty, intense competition, unselfish sportsmanship and well-­‐honed horsemanship will be on display in Crawford County.


The Pink Ribbon Classic, a three day all breed horse show to benefit breast cancer and other cancer related charities will be held September 28-­‐30 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville. The show is held in a beautifully landscaped arena in front of the grandstands with sessions in the morning, afternoon and in the evenings under the lights.


The show, sponsored by The Tri State American Saddle Horse Breeders Futurity, Inc., spotlights the American Saddlebred breed but spectators will be treated to Hackney ponies, Morgans, Draft and many other breeds. The close to 300 exhibitors hail from the Meadville area and also from Michigan, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.  The show features World’s Championship level judges, and a top-notch event organist to keep your feet tapping!


“Many people in the horse community have been affected, directly or indirectly, by breast and other cancers, “ said Tri State president, Amy Haller. “We felt that there was no better way to raise money for a cause that has touched so many of us, than to do the one thing we love the most: showing horses.”


All horse shows, large or small, have many things in common—the excitement of competing, the thrill of achievement, and a keen sense of belonging and fellowship. The competition itself builds sportsmanship and character. Entire families participate in the sport, and the opportunity to travel and show together is often mentioned as one of the best experiences of owning a show horse. In essence, the horse show community is one big family.


In the four years since it began, the Pink Ribbon Classic has donated over $20,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other charities. As part of the fundraising efforts for the show, permanent pink ribbons can be purchased that adorn the show arena. Ribbons can be purchased as Memorial, Survivor, or Patron to honor those who have fought life threatening illnesses or a new category for 2012, the Equine Hall of Fame.   This year a percentage of the monies from the show will be earmarked to benefit the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville.


“These horses, specifically the American Saddlebreds, love the spotlight. They love to compete as much as their riders do!” said Haller. The Saturday night session of the horse show is “Pink Ribbon Night”. The show line up features the exciting Calcutta Park Horse Challenge and the $500 Jackpot Five Gaited Stake, along with many other Pink Ribbon Classes and special trophy classes. This is a night of real excitement and the crowd is encouraged to pick their favorite in every class and cheer them on throughout the evening.


The opening class of Saturday evening is a class for challenged riders. This class shows the amazing healing and growth that can take place when a bond is formed between a horse and rider that is seen every day at Therapeutic Riding facilities around the country,” says show organizer Julie Scott. “We are proud to invite these amazing individuals and their horses to our show. It is a great opportunity for the public to see the great work being done at these centers.”


Adding a little more horsepower to this year’s event will be Bair Corvettes “PinkVette”.   PinkVette is a charity sponsored by Bair Corvettes, and Smith Gray Buick-GMC of Meadville  and “Cars” of Linesville to help raise money for the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute located in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  The PinkVette is  “Cruisin’ for the Cure” in 2012 in an effort to obtain 20,000 or more signatures on a pink Corvette.


The event is open to the public and admission is free, making it a great idea for families looking for weekend entertainment. The Pink Ribbon Classic invites you to come and enjoy a day or evening of great entertainment at the fastest growing horse show in the tri-­‐state area.


For more information, go to www.tristateasbfuturity.com .