New Format for the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show

New Format for the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show
Contact:
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, classic.pr@verizon.net

DARIEN, CT ? January 23, 2002 ? The 73rd annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Showheld at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien CT, will have a new format thisyear. The Show will open on Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00 AM and run throughSunday, June 16.

June 16, which is Father?s Day, will feature the $35,000 Ox Ridge GrandPrix. Each show day will offer four rings of competition including ponyhunters, juniors, amateurs, equitation classes and jumpers. Some new classesto be offered this year are the State Line Tack National Children?s Medal,Adult Equitation, Short Stirrup Equitation and Maiden, Novice and LimitEquitation Divisions. A portion of the proceeds from the show benefits TheCenter For Hope, a counseling and support center for children and adults,located in Darien.

The highlight of the horse show is the $35,000 Ox Ridge GrandPrix. The Ox Ridge Grand Prix features many of the nation?s best horses andriders including U.S. Olympic veterans. An annual participant is two-timeOlympian Leslie Howard of Westport CT. Howard, winner of the 2000 Ox RidgeGrand Prix, is expected to return to try it again! Other Olympic veteransexpected include Nona Garson, Joe Fargis, and Peter Leone. McLain Ward, the2001 Ox Ridge Grand Prix Champion, is also expected to be on hand to defendhis title. Ward rode his mount, Xtatic to last year?s win and also placed8th with another of his horses, Farrah.

The Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show is one of the nation?s largest and mostprestigious hunter-jumper competitions, drawing more than 1,500 horses fromaround the country. Exhibitors compete over classically beautiful huntercourses and technically challenging jumper courses on the park-like facilityat the Ox Ridge Hunt Club. The boutique area offers a shopping event for theentire family and includes gifts for the home, people and pets, as well as afull complement of horse supplies. A visit here completes a lovely day in acountry setting. The first three sponsors to sign on for the 2002 Ox RidgeCharity Horse Show are Reuters, CL Adams and Watson Wyatt.

For further information, please call the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show at(203) 656-1745.