Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts will be interested in a number of items – including halters worn by Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify – being offered in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 38-year-old nonprofit headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages.
The online auction is part of CKRH's 16th annual gala fundraiser, NIGHT OF THE STARS, on Saturday, June 22, at Keeneland. Bidding on the halters and numerous other items is available at https://2019STARS.givesmart.com
“CKRH is extremely proud of NIGHT OF THE STARS, an annual celebration of our therapy horses, participants, volunteers, supporters and collaborators from throughout Central Kentucky,” CKRH Executive Director Pat Kline said. “The online auction enables people who aren't able to attend NIGHT OF THE STARS to obtain distinctive items and support CKRH. We are especially thankful to the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky, including farms and veterinary clinics, which provides year-round assistance to CKRH.”
Farms that donated halters to CKRH's online auction include Calumet Farm, Claiborne Farm, Coolmore's Ashford Stud, Gainesway Farm, Godolphin, Hill 'N' Dale Farm, Juddmonte Farms, Shadwell Farm, Spendthrift Farm, Taylor Made Farm, Three Chimneys Farm and WinStar Farm.
Halters were worn by these accomplished Thoroughbreds:
- Always Dreaming
- American Pharoah
- California Chrome
- Empire Maker
- English Channel
- Good Magic
- Gun Runner
- Hard Spun
- Into Mischief
- Keen Ice
- Malibu Moon
- Oscar Performance
- Quality Road
- Street Sense
- Super Saver
2019 event in new location
“Night in Palm Springs” is the theme of this year's NIGHT OF THE STARS, which features cocktails, dining and live and silent auctions.
The highlight of the evening is the live auction of CKRH students and therapy horses in the style of a prestigious Thoroughbred sale. Among the horses in the auction are the Thoroughbred Impressive John R., a former racehorse who participates in CKRH programs for Military Veterans, at-risk youth and Fayette County high school students.
This year's gala is being held at a new location at Keeneland: the world-famous Sales Pavilion, where Triple Crown winner Justify sold as a yearling. Guests may shop the Silent Auction in the Limestone Café; enjoy drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres at the nearby Show Barn; and take in the presentation and Live Auction in the Sales Ring, which features theater-style seating.
As many as 500 people annually attend NIGHT OF THE STARS. Tickets are $150 each and may be purchased by calling CKRH at (859) 231-7066.
Other interesting items available for online bidding
- Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15-year bourbon.
- 2019 special edition commemorative Maker's Mark bottle, which honors the University of Kentucky's championship team, and is signed by Coach John Calipari and members of the team.
- One-way flight on H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, a prominent airline carrier for horses; and
- Tour of Jonabell Farm and a day of racing at Keeneland.
Also included in online bidding are jewelry, art and photography, antiques and collectibles, horseback riding lessons and other equestrian-themed items, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to area attractions and items for home, garden and office.
Phone bidding on Live Auction items: Additionally, bids may be placed on several items also being offered in the Live Auction. People who will not be present at NIGHT OF THE STARS may call CKRH at (859) 231-7066 by 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21, and make arrangements for a CKRH representative to call them when the item is up for bid.
Live Auction items include
- Highly collectible signed and certified Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Jersey.
- Trip for six to this year's Arlington Million.
- Three-night stay and wine-related activities for two couples in Bordeaux, France.
- Dinner, tour of historic Lexington Fire Department's Station No. 4 and ride in fire truck.
- Portrait experience with Mark and Stella Kidd, nationally known image-makers in Central Kentucky.
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