How about a lesson with a U.S. Olympic Team rider? Or maybe some pointers from Grand Prix Jumper and Hunter riders and trainers? Or if that doesn’t float your boat, perhaps some expert veterinary services for your horse, or a glamor-shot of your four-legged partner’s best side. These are just some of the items in the Goody Bag being auctioned by one of the premier non-profits helping ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds.
On Aug. 14 through the 21st, some of the nation’s top riders—including Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, and Will Coleman—will auction their services to benefit CANTER Mid-Atlantic’s first-rate services to the nation’s ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds. And the show-stopping list of participating equestrians is just the beginning!
More than 100 exciting items, ranging from jewelry to consultations to a private tour of the Rolex Cross Country course are up for bid, a plethora of donated items that underscores the goodwill the horse industry feels toward organizations like CANTER Mid-Atlantic, says Allie Conrad, executive director of the nonprofit.
“We are overjoyed at the support we have received for the work we do to transition ex-racehorses into new careers,” Conrad says. “Thoroughbred racehorses are amazing animals and it’s through donations and fundraisers such as our online auction that give us the critical funds we need to keep the program going.”
She adds, “We truly appreciate the many offers that have come in this year to help support our work. Because of that support this year’s auction is shaping up to be one of the best!”
The following list is a sample of available items:
• Lessons with U.S. Olympic Team Event Riders (all U.S. based riders)
• Lesson with former U.S. Olympic Team Dressage Rider and FEI “O” Judge, Linda Zang
• Lessons with Grand Prix Jumper and Hunter Riders/Trainers
• Consultation with Blackburn Architects
• Private Rolex Stadium Show Jumping Course Walk
• Veterinary Services
• Photography & videography
• Sagamore Racing Hoodie & Cap
• Shamrock Farm Tour
• Subscription to Chronicle of the Horse
• There are many more items, even for those without a horse, including haircuts and facials, homemade soaps, homemade brownies, artwork, jewelry and much more.
Proceeds from the online auction will go directly to the care and training of ex-racehorses who have been brought to CANTER Mid-Atlantic, says Conrad, noting that many CANTER grads have found successful careers in Eventing, Foxhunting, Show Jumping, Dressage and more.
Conrad adds that as in prior CANTER Mid-Atlantic online auctions, www.canterusa.org/midatlantic bidders will find some amazing items including merchandise from Weatherbeeta, Five Star Tack, Cavalor Feed and services they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to purchase: