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American Royal Hunter/Jumper horse show receives prestigious award

The American Royal Association is pleased to announce that the 2011 American Royal Hunter/Jumper Preview Horse Show has received the prestigious "Star Show of the Year 2011" award from the Missouri Horse Shows Association.

"We are so pleased to receive this award. The American Royal Hunter/Jumper Preview Horse Show has a fantastic committee comprised of trainers and exhibitors from across the Kansas City area. The committee worked very hard to make this an exceptional show for the exhibitors. And the addition of new show manager, Phil DeVita of Apopka, Florida made a significant impact on the show's success for 2011," said Stacy M. Maher, manager of equine events for the American Royal.

Similar to the concept of minor league baseball, the American Royal Hunter/Jumper Preview Horse Show is an entry level, warm up type of show that precedes the prestigious American Royal A Rated Hunter/Jumper Horse Show. Competition is offered in divisions that recognize young horses and/or green riders. The show was added in 2007 to broaden the scope of the Hunter/Jumper offerings during the American Royal and to afford entry level competitors an opportunity to exhibit at a large, indoor show.

"We put a lot of effort into making sure that the show facilities, the arenas and the warm up areas were in top shape for the exhibitors and horses. We installed specialized footing in all of the arenas and we added many landscaping elements to the arenas to add both visual and aesthetic interest. This gave the entire show grounds a very upscale look and feel. The committee also added new social events this year that made the show quite fun for the exhibitors," said Maher.

The two American Royal Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows, the Preview Show and the A Rated Show, comprise nearly two full weeks in the American Royal Fall calendar.

"Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows are extremely popular for both the exhibitors and spectators. Spectators have the opportunity to see fabulous, Olympic level competition and the exhibitors truly love to compete. This show was enjoyable from start to finish. We wanted it to be memorable for both the competitors and the spectators," said Bob Petersen, president and CEO of the American Royal.

The Missouri Horse Shows Association has more than 500 members and the group sanctions over 130 competitions each year in multiple riding disciplines. MHSA was incorporated over 50 years ago and their mission is to promote the breeding, development, exhibition, marketing and ownership of light horse breeds not only in Missouri, but nationwide.

The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year during the months of September, October and November, more than a quarter-million people attend events in the American Royal Complex. In 2011, the Royal contributed over $1.7 million in scholarship and educational awards to youth who participate in agricultural programs. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates over $70 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. For further information, see www.americanroyal.com.



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