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Officials Announced For The 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show

DARIEN, CT – March 6, 2002 – The 73rd annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show, June 12-16 at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, CT, returns with an impressive line-up of officials. Returning as Show Manager is John D. Ammerman of Dickerson, MD. The Operations Manager is William Glass of Bokellia, FL.

Judges for the Hunters include Joe Darby of Southern Pines, NC; Russell Frey of Hume VA; and Brian Lenehan of Southern Pines, NC.

Jumper Judges are Mike Christian of Ft. Worth, TX and Oliver Kennedy of Ellicott City, MD.

Returning this year as Jumper course designer is Anthony D’Ambrosio, Mt Kisco, NY.

The announcers for the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show are Gerald Briggs of Kingston, MA for the hunters and Peter Doubleday of Southern Pines, NC for the jumpers.

The 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show will open on Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00 AM and run through Sunday, June 16. Each show day will present four rings of competition including pony hunters, juniors, amateurs, equitation classes and jumpers. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit The Center For Hope, a counseling and support center for children and adults located in Darien.

The highlight of the Show is the $35,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix on Sunday, June 16. The Ox Ridge Grand Prix features many of the nation’s best horses and riders including U.S. Olympic veterans. A regular participant is two-time Olympian, Leslie Howard of Westport CT. Howard, winner of the 2000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix, is expected to return to try it again! Other Olympic veterans expected to compete include Nona Garson, Joe Fargis, and Peter Leone. McLain Ward, the 2001 Ox Ridge Grand Prix Champion, is also expected to be on hand to defend his title. Ward rode his mount, Xtatic to the win last year and also placed 8th with another of his horses, Farrah.

The Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show is one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious competitions, drawing more than 1500 horses from around the country. Exhibitors compete over classically beautiful hunter courses and technically challenging jumper courses on the park-like facility at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club. The boutique area offers a shopping event for the entire family and includes gifts for the home, people and pets, as well as a full complement of horse supplies. A visit here completes a lovely day in a country setting. The first three sponsors to sign on for the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show are Reuters, CL Adams and Watson Wyatt.

For further information, please call the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show at (203) 656-1745.

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