Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the live auction benefit fundraiser taking place during the World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring, NC, on Thursday evening, September 13, 2018, in The Barn at the Parker-Binns Vineyard near the Tryon International Equestrian Center which is the host site of the WEG!
Click here to Buy Tickets for $25.00 and join us for a good cause and a good time! Buy early. We have to limit the number of attendees to 150.
If you are not able to attend in person you can arrange for absentee bidding by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Details are on page 25 of the catalog. Please note that the email address in the catalog is incorrect. Also, we are not conducting telephone bids but you are welcome to have someone on the line in the room bid for you if they are registered or if you pre-registered via email.
Featured Auction Item #8: Deluxe Lexington Getaway for 4! Spend a day at Keeneland race course, tour Taylor Made Farm, and then enjoy a regal night at The Castle! Reserved seats for 4 at Keeneland plus a tour of the legendary Lexington TB institution Taylor Made Farm, known for sales and raising and standing stallions such as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and California Chrome. And then spend a luxurious night at The Castle, voted most beautiful hotel in Kentucky by Architectural Digest, where the renowned farm to table restaurant was voted most romantic.
Featured Auction Item #7: Shannon Brinkman Photography Package at the 2019 AECs! Shannon has photographed at the biggest competitions in the world – the Olympics in Athens, Beijing and London, the Pan Am Games in Rio and Guadalajara, the World Equestrian Games in Spain, Kentucky, and again this year in Tryon, the Kentucky 3-Day Event, the World Cup in Paris, the AECs, Bramham, Badminton, The Fork, Luhmuhlen, Fair Hill, Red Hills and more! She is the winner of the 2018 Alltech International Alliance of Equestrian Journalist Media Award for Photography, also winning the award in 2013. She is an artist in equine photography not only due to her Fine Arts degree but also because she grew up on a Trakehner breeding/training/competition farm. You will love her work!!
Featured Auction Item #6: Stay in Historic TX Hill Country Home during Fiesta in San Antonio! Stay in this beautifully updated historic 1874 Texas Hill Country home on 10 acres with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, back patio and washer/dryer during San Antonio's Fiesta the last week of April 2019! Celebrating 300 years of rich history over 10 days, festivities include lighted parades on barges in the river at night or the Battle of the Flowers parade during the day, an Oyster Bake, Taste of New Orleans, Alamo Heights Night, and A Night in Old San Antonio and more! Hotels sell out a year in advance. Close to the home are tubing on the Guadalupe River, shopping in the quaint towns of Boerne and New Braunfels, multiple wineries in Fredericksburg, Sea World, and on Saturday nights there is the dinner "Texas Rodeo" show. Fiesta Forever!
Featured Auction Item #5: 2 Private Coaching Sessions with Dressage Legend Anne Gribbons is for dressage lovers! Our auction's honorary chair is Dressage VIP Anne Gribbons, who will attend the Thursday evening gala and is President of the Ground Jury for the 2018 WEG. Anne is generously donating 2 private dressage training sessions at her farm in Florida near Orlando. You can bring your own horse or ride one of hers! Anne has trained numerous horses and riders to the FEI levels and has herself competed internationally at Championship events. She is also a noted clinician, FEI 5 star judge, past USDF Team Olympic Coach/Technical Advisor and member of the USDF Hall of Fame. Anne was a member of the U.S. silver-medal-winning team at the 1995 Pan Am Games. She developed the USEF educational pipeline and guided U.S. riders through the World Equestrian Games, the Pan American Games, and the London Olympics. She freely shares her experiences and guidance in clinics, lectures, books, and in her popular column in The Chronicle of the Horse. Don't miss your chance to meet Anne and take advantage of her wealth of wisdom!
Featured Auction Item #4: A Custom Weekend Shadowing the Our Day Farm Team during the 2018/2019 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington FL. Would pair nicely with Featured Auction Item #3 below as the farm is 5 minutes from there! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to spend a weekend with the highly successful hunter/jumper Our Day Farm team and the Alex Jayne family. The broad spectrum of equine expertise runs deep in Alex, Maggie, Charlie, and Haylie -- international/national/young jumper champions, derby/equitation/amateur/junior hunters, finding hunter/jumper prospects and developing and maintaining them, breeding and raising world class jumping horses, NCAA equestrian teams and scholarships, etc. You can even bring your horse for coaching to sharpen up your performance - take note eventers! Shadow the ODF team for a mutually convenient weekend and an insider's view of the WEF community.
Featured Auction Item #3: A Week in Wellington FL for 2 in a studio apartment in the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club for one week during the 2019 show season January –April. Ground floor condominium is located conveniently to the Winter Equestrian Festival Showgrounds and Global Dressage Festivals featuring World Class Competitions each week. International Polo grounds are a short drive away. PBP and CC features golf courses, restaurants, pool and many other luxury amenities. These accommodations are for 2 people, no smoking and no pets. A chance to enjoy warm weather and be able to see the best horses and riders compete at a spectacular venue!
Featured Auction Item #2: Scottish Highlands Stay for 2 for a week in a waterfront 4 bedroom/modern new home with Bosch kitchen, jacuzzi, washer/dryer in Croabh Haven nestled in the scenic Highlands between Glasgow and Edinburgh and within walking distance of sailing, kayaking, fishing, riding and boat trips out of Oban, Inveraray, Kilmartin Glen and more! Your local guide will show you the sights, inform you of activities and attractions, and make sure you are comfortable. The pub and village shop is just down the lane.
Featured Auction Item #1: California Dreamin' Santa Ynez Wine Valley Tour for 2 with your host Holger Hoetzel! Vintner, musician, gourmet foodie, photographer, entrepreneur and Trakehner breeder/rider, Holger will spend a day squiring you around this beautiful region for an insider's tour tasting wine, eating a delicious lunch, and customizing a case of wine just for you! Pick a mutually convenient day in July or August 2019, and perhaps stay for dinner.
We are very pleased to announce that the auction's honorary chair is longtime dressage and Trakehner enthusiast Anne Gribbons. In addition to being a charter member of the American Trakehner Association, Anne is a world renowned FEI "O" 5 star judge, former U.S. Olympic coach, and is President of the Ground Jury for the 2018 WEG. Anne has had the unique experience of living the trajectory of the evolution of dressage in the United States. A native of Sweden, Anne has been active in the U.S. dressage scene since 1972, when dressage in this country was in its infancy. She has trained and shown 16 of her own horses to Grand Prix, 9 of which were long listed for the U.S. Equestrian Team, and was a member of the U.S. silver-medal-winning team at the 1995 Pan Am Games. She developed the USEF educational pipeline and guided U.S. riders through the World Equestrian Games, the Pan American Games, and the London Olympics. She freely shares her experiences and guidance in clinics, lectures, books, and in her popular column in The Chronicle of the Horse.