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The breathtaking Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA. Photo courtesy of Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Sheila Johnson, entrepreneur and founder of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Photo courtesy of Salamander Hotels & Resorts

The stables at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA. Photo courtesy of Salamander Hotels & Resorts

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The CP National Horse Show Welcomes the Salamander Hotels and Resorts

Written by: Courtesy of Client
Client: National Horse Show
Release Date: 2016-06-15

Lexington, KY - The 2016 CP National Horse Show announced today that luxury hotel company Salamander Hotels & Resorts will return as the sponsor of the Salamander Hotels & Resorts $35,000 Accumulator Class when the show returns to Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park on November 1-6, 2016. The Accumulator class will be the featured event on Friday night's exciting agenda on November 4th.

The Salamander Hotels & Resorts $35,000 Accumulator Class is one of the CP National Horse Show's most popular classes, with the venerable Whitney Stone Trophy awarded to the winner.

Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, Salamander Hotels & Resorts is based in the historic horse country of Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C., and features a diverse, luxurious portfolio that includes the equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa. Also situated in Middleburg, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the resort has been acclaimed as one of the finest in the world. Located on 340 acres, it features 168 luxurious, spacious rooms and suites, and an exquisite spa with one-of-a-kind features like outdoor treatment terraces and a spa courtyard. It also has a spectacular full-service equestrian center with a 22-stall stable, riding arena, nine paddocks and a vast array of programming that utilizes the miles of on-property trails.

"We are thrilled to welcome back the world-class Salamander Hotels & Resorts and Sheila Johnson to our wonderful family of sponsors," said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of the National Horse Show Foundation. "Sheila's and Salamander's names are unmatched in our industry, and are synonymous with being first class. I am so glad they are back with us again this year as the CP National Horse Show continues to grow and thrive in Lexington."

The Middleburg resort is just part of Johnson's growing hotel company. In addition, Salamander operates three existing golf and family resorts across the state of Florida, including Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which features the famed Copperhead Course, host of the PGA TOUR's Valspar Championship. The Salamander Collection also features Reunion Resort in Orlando (with courses by Palmer, Watson and Nicklaus), and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast (courses by Nicklaus and Watson).

"We are honored to again sponsor and support this year's CP National Horse Show," said Johnson. "It is one of the nation's most respected shows and our involvement perfectly complements Salamander's objective to continuously increase our exposure within the equestrian community."

A fourth Salamander Florida resort, Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, is scheduled to open this fall. Located on nearly two miles of white powdery sand and emerald-green water, the 170-room resort will feature sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine dunes, as well as a thoughtful, residential design. It is also adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach nature preserve, which will offer guests both a sense of privacy and a plethora of activities.

For more information, visit or call 540-687-3710.


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