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SAVE A HORSE...WIN A WHINNY!
Nashville, TN - The horse industry is coming to Music City and along with it is coming the 1st Annual WHINNY awards. The awards are being presented to individuals who use their high visibility to save and protect horses and promote the equine industry overall. The event is part of a three day annual meeting for the Women's Horse Industry Network which runs from October 6-8 also at the Radisson Hotel.
The WHINNY awards dinner will be held October 6, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel Opryland starting at 6:00pm. Included in the evening's program are live country music performances, the Rhythm & Hooves auction to benefit several equine charities and the presentation of the awards to this year's recipients.
This year's recipients include: animal rights and wild mustang advocate, Madeleine Pickens, charitable horse industry leaders, Elizabeth and William Shatner, horsewoman and advocate country music legend, Lynn Anderson, music industry icons and thoroughbred racing breeders/racers, Mike and Martha Borchetta, horsewoman and advocate singer/songwriter, Templeton Thompson and animal rights and music industry veteran, Bonnie Garner.
The Rhythm & Hooves auction will be offering a large variety of items and some very special items including a signed guitar by Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow, from Curb Records, an autographed DragonCon badge from William Shatner, an autographed "61 hits" by George Strait, a breeding to a son of Seattle Slew by New Swan Farm and an autographed book from Shania Twain. Madeleine Pickens will be donating a native American choker from artist Travis Jackson, Jr. from the Seminole tribe of Oklahoma. Elizabeth Shatner will be donating auction packages including a "Faire Game Package" including original artwork, her trademarked leather stirrup picture hangers (seen on American Pickers!), also an "All Glory Package" including both an original portrait and a rare, limited edition autographed Breyer model of All Glory, the Shatner's World Champion American Saddlebred . She will also be donating bottles of her custom-blended Faire Game White wine as door prizes.
The event is open to the public but tickets are limited. "We only have about 50 tickets left to the event so if people in town wish to attend, they are being offered on a first come first serve basis," states WHIN's CEO, Catherine Masters. Tickets can be ordered online at www.womenshorseindustry.com/attendwhinnys.html. Tickets must be purchase in advance.
Performing at the event are: Cassidy Lynn, Mark Wayne Glasmire, Keith Bryant, DeeAnn Dominy, Templeton Thompson and Lynn Anderson.
"We never dreamed this event would become as big as it has and we are simply delighted to have the chance to shine the light on so many deserving people in the horse world. It will be my pleasure to hand them their awards," adds Masters.
The event will be videotaped for a delayed broadcast on HRTV and many other cable stations by Speaking of Horses TV production company headed by Wayne Williams. The official photographer will be Raeanne Rubenstein, one of the top photographers in the world with extensive credentials in many areas including music, theatre and art.
On October 7-8, also at the Radisson, WHIN will host it's 3rd Annual Business Networking Expo which will include exhibits offering a variety of horse related products and services and panel discussions covering many topics of interest to the equine world. A complete list of exhibitors and speakers can be found on WHIN's website: www.womenshorseindustry.com. Registration is open to the public but you must be pre-registered to attend. Interested individuals can register online at the website.
The Women's Horse Industry Network is the largest network in the world for women working in the horse industry and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the annual meeting has been held in Nashville, Tennessee. Masters, who runs the network is a former music industry executive and felt that the attendees who are coming from all over the world would really enjoy visiting "Music City". It appears she is right.
"This is going to be something that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives," Masters adds.
First of all I would like to congratulate TTR member, Bonnie Garner, who is being recognized in the upcoming national Whinny Awards on Oct 6; I know Bonnie personally and feel there is no one more deserving. Congrats Bonnie!!
Secondly, please do us a favor and contact the WHIN organization and let them know of the unselfish efforts of the Tennessee Trail Riders Website (TTR) to help fellow horse people. Below is information about an award banquet in our own back yard recognizing those who have worked so hard to help horses and horse-people in need along with positively promoting the horse industry. We are a social network of horse people who use TTR to find riding companions to help in the safety and frequency of trail riders, provide advice, become a forum to discuss, understand and act on needs of the horse industry. I feel it would be very fitting for the Whinny Awards to recognize the TTR impact, family and its members. To take action, reach out to:
Women's Horse Industry Network
These are just a few examples of the support and change due to the rallying support of TTR Members:
- Provided financial support and transportation to a family evicted from their home and in dire need of medical attention.
- Led by TTR member Mike King, the members of Tennessee Trail Riders (TTR) have helped the US Humane Society respond to what they call the "2nd Disaster" in Cannon County by helping to schedule volunteer efforts and supplies to help over 80 ailing horses in an orderly fashion.
- Found homes for countless adoption horses often times where medical attention and companionship was needed or where the owners needed immediate support and relief.
- A forum (over 2,500 members) that provides daily advice to new and experienced horse owners in need of help, information, and insight.
- A National bulletin board promoting over 500 events, 20,000+ shared photos, 200+ discussions and blogs, etc.
Cheers and happy trials,
Mike & Catherine Murphy