24 April 2007

For Immediate Release
For more information:

Elizabeth Beverly, Bluebonnet Horse Expo Coordinator
Email: Elizabeth@bluebonnethorseexpo.com
Phone:  (888) 542 5163
Dr. Jennifer Williams, President Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
Email: jenn@bluebonnetequine.org
Phone: (888) 542 5163

Local Horse Rescue Organizing Horse Expo to Educate the Public About Proper Horse Care and Raise Funds to Help More Horses

Austin, Texas:  April 24, 2007:  Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS), an organization that helps starving and abused horses across Texas and Arkansas, will hold their first annual
Bluebonnet Horse Expo on October 20, 2007, at Silver Hill Stables in Austin, Texas.  The Expo serves four purposes:  educate horse lovers about proper horse care, provide family entertainment, introduce rescue horses to the public, and help BEHS raise funds.  The event includes clinics and demonstrations about horse training and horse care as well as fun activities for the whole family.

Al Ragusin and his Dancing Horses will be featured at the Expo in an exciting musical performance where his horses dance in perfect time to the rhythm of the songs.  Al Ragusin will also be conducting a clinic to teach his methods to a few BEHS foster parents riding horses that will be available for adoption after the show.  Al Ragusin is well-known for his RFD-TV series and Texas Horse News column titled, “Train Your Own Horse.”  Winner of over 300 awards and trophies for Dressage, Cutting, Reining, Western Pleasure, Barrels, Racing, Charro, and Bullfighting (bloodless), Al Ragusin also trains and rides the only true dancing horses in the world.

The Bluebonnet Horse Expo will also feature an exhibition by Rowdy Yates, America’s Best Known Colonial Spanish Mustang Stallion, owned by Karma Farms.  Karma Farms will be performing their musical BreyerFest exhibition, which includes mounted games such as Stick Ball.  The excitement will continue with a demonstration by local members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association.  There will be clinics on Early Foal Training, Equine Dentistry, Natural Horsemanship, Natural Trimming, The Equine Touch, and How to Keep Your Horse Sound in 10 Minutes a Day.  The event also includes a live and silent auction of horse items, and plenty of vendors.

Twenty to forty of the rescue’s horses, donkeys and mules plan to attend the event and will be introduced to the public.  If you are interested in adoption, come meet the horses and find your new equine pal.  Pre-approved adopters may adopt an equine on the day of the Expo, so be sure to get your Adoption Application in early!  Horse Happy Hours (free non-alcoholic beverages) will focus on the equines and their sponsors.

BEHS needs help to make this a successful event.  The organization is currently seeking:

  • Event Sponsors – Sponsorships start at just $25 and the organization offers varying benefits depending on the sponsorship level.
  • Vendors – Vendor space starts at just $35 and gives all vendors access to hundreds of horse lovers.
  • Tack and other horse-related items – The rescue is seeking new and used tack, farm and ranch items and horse and ranch-themed jewelry and home décor for a live auction, silent auction and sale area.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes.  With the drought last year and associated hay shortage, BEHS has been overwhelmed with calls about starving horses throughout Texas and Arkansas.  The Bluebonnet Horse Expo will be BEHS’s major fundraiser for the year, and will directly impact the number of horses they will be able to help in the future.

For more information, visit www.bluebonnethorseexpo.com, call (888) 542 5163, or email Elizabeth Beverly, Expo Coordinator, at Elizabeth@bluebonnethorseexpo.com.