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Halters Worn by American Pharoah, other notable thoroughbreds among items in CKRH online auction

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; his sire, Pioneerof the Nile; and grandsire, Empire Maker, are among the exciting Thoroughbred racing-related items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 37-year-old program 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 15th annual gala fundraiser, NIGHT OF THE STARS, on Saturday, June 23, at the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Online bidding on the halters and numerous other items is available at http://KYSTARS18.givesmart.com.

“As CKRH’s annual gala fundraiser, NIGHT OF THE STARS gives us the opportunity to showcase our program and the healing power of horses,” CKRH Executive Director Pat Kline said. “The online auction enables people who aren’t able to attend NIGHT OF THE STARS to obtain unique items and support CKRH. We thank members of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky for their year-round support of CKRH and their special contributions to our auction.”

Farms that donated halters include Adena Springs, Claiborne Farm, Coolmore, Gainesway Farm, Godolphin, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, Juddmonte Farms, Taylor Made Farm, Three Chimneys Farm and WinStar Farm.

Halters were worn by:

American Pharoah
Awesome Again
California Chrome (also a saddle towel)
Empire Maker
Gun Runner
Kitten’s Joy
Maclean’s Music
Medaglia d’Oro
Pioneerof the Nile
Point of Entry
Uncle Mo
War Front

Other silent auction items appeal to racing enthusiasts

“Hopes, Dreams and Wishes” is the theme of this year’s NIGHT OF THE STARS, which features cocktails, dining and live and silent auctions.

Silent auction items available for online bidding include:

  • One-way flight on H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, a prominent airline carrier for horses;
  • Visit to Stonestreet Farm for up to 10 people to see Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra and enjoy wine on the patio;
  • Two first-floor clubhouse box seats tickets to the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs;
  • Box for six people at Keeneland and a tour of Darley;
  • Framed, signed and numbered print of Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk by Richard Stone Reeves;
  • Four vintage metal chairs used in Keeneland’s box seats;

Other items include photographs of American Pharoah, along with jewelry, art and photography, antiques and collectibles, equestrian-themed items, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to area attractions, and items for home, garden and office.

The highlight of NIGHT OF THE STARS is the live auction of CKRH students and therapy horses in themed costumes 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; and the Morgan-cross Chico, a highly decorated hippotherapy horse.

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.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

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