The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) hosted an Open House and Reception for members of the International Arabian Horse Association's (IAHA) Region XIV and participants in the 2001 Region XIV Silverama Horse Show on Friday, June 29, 2001. The Open House was followed by a reception during which IAHA Region XIV officers presented the AHSA with a gift, an exquisite sculpture of a Mare and Foal, named "Caring," created by the artist, Shary B. Akers to welcome the AHSA to its Kentucky location. The sculpture, as well as other art made by Akers, was displayed at the AHSA offices. The Silverama Horse Show was held June 27-July 1, 2001 at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.
Larry Kinneer, First Vice Chairman of Region XIV, commented, "This sculpture came to symbolize more than just a gift but also the determination of the artist, Shary Akers, to help her overcome some health problems."
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