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December, 2013

Bluebonnet Horse Expo Raises Over $25,000 to Help Needy Horses

Dan Keen at Bluebonnet Horse Expo
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Dan Keen at Bluebonnet Horse Expo
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The 7th Annual Bluebonnet Horse Expo took place on October 19th in Austin, Texas. The event included clinics and demos by Kerri April, Michael Battenfield, Dr. Jonathon Cohen, Sue De Laurentis, Aaron & Riva England, Van Hargis, Dan Keen, Mark & Miranda Lyon, Greg Robinson, Kaylon Sullins Robinson, and Dr. David Warren. The event also offered plenty of shopping opportunities in Vendor's Row, the Sale Area, and the Bluebonnet Art Show.

Eighteen horses competed in four divisions in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge, a training competition in which professional trainers and foster homes have ninety days to work with a rescue horse. The Grand Champion was Lila, a 3 year old, grade filly shown by and adopted by Matthew Dick. The Reserve Grand Champion was Scout, a teenage, Quarter Horse Gelding shown by Twylight Alison. Scout was adopted at the Bluebonnet Horse Expo.

In addition to Lila and Scout, twenty two other horses were adopted at the Bluebonnet Horse Expo and two horses have since been adopted by people who met them at the Expo.

Michael Battenfield at Bluebonnet Horse Expo
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Michael Battenfield at Bluebonnet Horse Expo
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The event raised over $25,000. These proceeds will go towards caring for the many starving, abused, abandoned, and estray horses and other equines Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society helps throughout the year.

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 on-going drought and economic hardships, BEHS has been overwhelmed with calls about starving horses throughout Texas. The success of the Bluebonnet Horse Expo means that Bluebonnet has already taken in fourteen new equines to rehabilitate and rehome and has room to help other law enforcement agencies with their cases.

Plans are already underway for the 2014 Bluebonnet Horse Expo which should take place the third Saturday in October at the Travis County Expo Center. For more information, visit www.bluebonnethorseexpo.com, call (888) 542 5163, or email Jennifer Williams, Expo Coordinator, at jenn@bluebonnethorseexpo.com.