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National Organization to Hold Children's Benefit Horse Show at DREAM Park

(Logan Twp., NJ) - The United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) Chapter 15 will hold their 22nd Annual Children's Benefit Show at Gloucester County's Dream Park from July 21 through July 23 with over 120 horses being shown. This family oriented event is free and open to the public to watch.

Of the 162 classes at this year's show be held over 3 days almost half of the classes are geared towards kids and their horses. The show offers new beginners to see and learn what it's like to show at a large event like Children's Benefit in the Academy Division. It is an entry level division that also includes new adult riders.

"When the United Professional Horsemens Association (UPHA) was planning their 20th Annual Children's Benefit Horse Show three years ago we chose Gloucester County's DREAM Park because we were so impressed with the facility. It is like a smaller version of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington which is one of the most famous horse parks in the country," said Mark McCracken, one of the show's organizers."We are excited to come back again for our third year in a row," he said.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "People will be bringing their horses from all over the mid-Atlantic region and New England to participate in this show."

"Bringing over 150 visitors to Gloucester County for a long weekend is great for our local economy. Visitors spent $511 million on recreation here in 2010, and we continue to see the strong caliber of recreational draws here this summer." Director Damminger said.  Damminger said that according to the NJ Department of Tourism Gloucester County had the largest tourism growth in the state in 2010.

Times for the 22nd Annual Children's Benefit Show are as follows:
Thursday, July 21 - 10 am-2:30 pm and 7 pm-10:30 pm
Friday, July 22 - 9 am-4:30 pm and 7 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday, July 23 - 10 am-3:00 pm and 7 pm-10:30 pm

The Gloucester County Dream Park is located at 400 US Route 130 South, Logan Township, NJ 08085. Information can be found at

Information about the show and breed:

At a national level UPHA's main charity is raising money for breast cancer groups. Our youth across the country are invited to join the Ribbons of Service where a junior exhibitor rider can seek sponsors and get pledges for their participation in the show ring. It works much like walk-a- thons. Also the UPHA asks its chapter shows to hold a Pink Ribbon night at their horse shows.

The Children's Benefit Horse Show will have its Pink Ribbon night on Saturday evening July 23rd beginning at 7 pm. Riders are encouraged to wear pink for their competition, balloons and other promotional items are sold for a fundraiser and sponsors have contributed to support the evening. Also a portion of the entry fees that evening are donated. This year the national organization is rewarding our show for its hard work in recent years towards breast cancer by presenting a check for $10,000.00 to the shows selected benefit the Get in Touch Foundation. A special presentation will be made Saturday evening to local representatives of Get In Touch.

At the chapter level, the Children's Benefit Horse Show has two charities for 2011. A portion of the net proceeds from this event will be donated to these groups after the show. The first charity is the Get in Touch Foundation which is a ground roots group that educates young women from grades 5-12 about breast cancer prevention. The second charity this year is Equi-librium Inc. an equine assisted therapy program for children and adults with a broad spectrum of special needs. This group serves the greater Lehigh Valley, western New Jersey and the Pocono area. Equi-librium provides the opportunity for people to achieve balance in body, mind and spirit. Representatives from the group will be available on Saturday July 23rd at the Dream Park.

American Saddlebred
By the late 1700s, the American Saddlebred was being recognized as a unique and individual horse type, referred to as the "American Horse." With the continued addition of Thoroughbred blood to easy gaited horses, breeders saw they were creating a distinct breed. In the 1880s, breeders of this unique type of horse began to call for the formation of a breed association and registry. Charles F. Mills began compiling pedigrees and formulating rules for a registry.

Shortly thereafter, The Farmers Home Journal, a newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky, called for a meeting on April 7, 1891. Thus, on that day, the American Saddle-Horse Breeders' Association was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the leadership of the first Association President, John B. Castleman, the objectives of collecting, recording and preserving the pedigrees of saddle horses in America began. In 1908, after years of discussion, the Association formally acknowledged Denmark F.S. as the sole Foundation Sire of the American Saddle Horse. However, in 1991, after careful review of bloodlines, Harrison Chief 1606 was also named a Foundation Sire for his contribution to the formation of the breed.

American Horses accompanied pioneers west into Kentucky. These animals became seed stock, making Kentucky a major horse producing state. In the War of 1812, Kentuckians mounted on American Horses and others from Michigan to Illinois joined the fight against the British and their Indian allies. After the War of 1812, the production of good Saddle Horses became a priority in Kentucky. These animals played a major role in the settlement of the upper Ohio Valley. They went south into Tennessee and beyond, and across the Mississippi into Missouri. Missouri rivaled Kentucky for the best Saddle Horses and Missourians say, "If Kentucky made the Saddle Horse, then Missouri made him better." The first recorded horse show was at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1817, but such competitions undoubtedly took place years before.

By the mid-nineteenth century, the Civil War demonstrated the superiority of the American Horse also commonly called the Kentucky Saddlers on the march and on the battlefield. Most high-ranking officers in both armies rode Saddler types: Lee had his Traveller, Grant was on Cincinnati, Sherman rode Lexington and Stonewall Jackson was on Little Sorrell. The first three were Saddler type with close Thoroughbred crosses; the latter was from pacing stock. Generals John Hunt Morgan and Nathan Bedford Forrest rode exclusively Kentucky Saddlers. So important were the horses that after the surrender, General Grant allowed Confederate veterans to keep the mounts they owned. In peacetime, the great demand for Saddle Horses enabled the industry to recover quickly.

Today, the American Saddlebred is best known for being the ultimate show horse, high stepping and elegant. It is also a breed of choice among many of the Amish and Mennonite communities across the country. These horses continue to be used much like our forefathers used them when this country was developed. It's the sensible, hardworking traits combined with beauty that makes the American Saddlebred desirable as an all-around family horse. This breed is a trotting breed, but is also known for his five gaits - the walk, trot, canter, slow gait and rack seen mostly in the show ring. The slow gait and rack were developed from the easy-riding gait traits the Saddlebred had inherited. The footfalls of the slow gait and rack begin with the lateral front and hind feet starting almost together, but the hind foot contacts the ground slightly before its lateral forefoot. The slow gait is a highly-collected gait with each of the four feet striking the ground separately. It is executed slowly but with distinct precision, full of style and brilliant restraint. In the rack, each foot meets the ground at equal, separate intervals. It gives a smooth ride while the horse performs in a slightly uninhibited manner, with great animation, speed and correct form. While the five gaited horses received much of the attention in the show ring during the 1900's to date, it is the pleasure horse divisions since the 1970's that have seen the most growth. The American Saddlebred remains the all-around family horse from which it was known during the settling of our country. Amateur equestrians are enjoying this breed as pleasure horses at home or in the show ring under English saddle (both saddle seat and hunt seat), Western saddle, pleasure driving and other sport horse disciplines.

The American Saddlebred is the horse that America made.