A premier Equestrian Hunter / Jumper competition is coming to Hartford’s historic Keney Park at Lookout Mountain, September 9th, to 11th, 2016. The horse show and all of the excitement of show jumping is brought to Hartford by the Westbrook Hunt Club and presented by Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. The horse show, a family fun event will feature some of the top equestrians from all along the east coast, eastern Midwest states, and eastern Canada. There will also be vendors/exhibitors providing merchandise of both equestrian and non-equestrian styles, and of course food.
The Annual Connecticut Classic Horse Show has been many years in the making. This event has been a life-long dream of Ebony Horsewomen’s CEO Patricia Kelly to bring back the horse shows that operated at Keney Park back in the 1920’s. “Our goal is to prove that Hartford is ready for world class events like this one, and at the same time bring back to life a national treasure that is Keney Park. Horse Shows showcase non-traditional career opportunities to youth from Hartford’s North End”, said Patricia Kelly.
Horse shows and the horse industry in Connecticut generates hundreds of million dollars of direct and indirect influence annually. It is also a major source of income for many. The economic impact to the Hartford and the Northeast communities is significant. “We are excited and pleased to have the Connecticut Classic Horse Show in Hartford. It is not only a unique sporting event but also an economic driver for the region”, said Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings.
The Connecticut Classic Horse Show will present $125,000 in cash prizes to the best competitors in several classes. Sponsors and advertisers can take early advantage of special marketing opportunities to thousands of competitors and equestrian fans that are expected to attend or follow the show online. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our state’s capital city and all of Connecticut to take part in an exciting sport”, said Robert Murdock, Director of Sports Marketing for the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau.
The Connecticut Classic Horse Show, presented by Ebony Horsewomen and produced by Westbrook Hunt Club will be three days of top horse sports featuring show jumping at the professional, amateur and youth level competitions and exhibitions by Dressage and Western riders. The show will start with an opening ceremony honoring the four branches of the United States armed forces, the Hartford Police Mounted Patrol Unit, State of Connecticut Governor’s Horse Guard and Ebony Horsewomen’s nationally recognized Junior Mounted Patrol.
Day two and three continue with show jumping competitions and other equestrian exhibitions along with a Barn Night. A portion of the Connecticut Classic Horse Show’s proceeds will go to support Camp Courant and other youth therapeutic camps and organizations across Hartford.
The Westbrook Hunt Club located in Westbrook, Connecticut established in 1967 and is a long standing part of the horse community in and around New England and has operated rated shows under the United States Equestrian Federation for decades and will operate all aspects of the Connecticut Classic Horse Show competition. Jane Dow-Burt, the operator of Westbrook Hunt Club, as a junior rode with famous horseman, judge and trainer Victor Hugo-Vidal. She won numerous championships and titles winning in the junior hunters and equitation and then as an amateur successfully competed in the A/O hunters. Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. located in Hartford is the show host. “We are excited to collaborate with Ebony Horsewomen and look forward to bringing show jumping to beautiful Keney Park!” said Jane Dow-Burt, Operator of The Westbrook Hunt Club.
Ebony Horsewomen which operates an equestrian and agricultural center in Keney Park.is a non-profit youth development and community service organization founded in 1984 who has been locally and nationally recognized as an innovative leader in the equine youth development field. Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Patricia E. Kelly was named as CNN Top Ten Heroes for 2014, Aetna’s Champions for Change, 2015 and Mrs. Kelly was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 2015.“ Ebony Horsewomen has served thousands of youth in their 31 years. “We are even more excited that through the CCHS we have the opportunity to expand and educate Hartford of the profound potential of the equestrian sport for our city and the increased impact it will have on our youth” said Kelly