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Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Announces First Annual I Love Ny Horses Art Show

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: National Horse Show
Release Date: 2009-09-16

Senator David Valesky and Olympic Gold Medalist Beezie Madden among judges, event supported by Everson Museum of Art and Cazenovia College.

Syracuse, NY - September 16, 2009 - Recognizing the growth and importance of the equine industry and presence in the Central New York corridor, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Featuring the 126th National Horse Show is underwriting the first Annual I Love NY Horses Art Show.

Entries for the juried show will represent all ages from kindergarten to an open division and will be on exhibition during the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament at the Oncenter, October 27 – 31, 2009.

“What better way to celebrate our love for horses and how they continue to be such an integral part of the American fabric,” said Olympic Gold Medalist and Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden. “This art show will involve students and adults of all ages, furthering the goal of the Invitational to enhance development of equestrian sports and the positive impacts of our industry locally.”

“The equine industry is an important part of the Central New York economy,” commented Senator David Valesky (D, 49th District). “I am pleased to be involved in this art show to celebrate the wide range of benefits all things equestrian bring to our region.”

Senator Valesky and Ms. Madden will serve as honorary judges along with representation from the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, Cazenovia College and the Equine industry, yet to be named.

Supported by both the Everson and Cazenovia College, the first annual show will be a juried exhibition in a wide range of media that focuses on horses and how society interacts with them. Subject matter can be a literal or abstract approach to this idea. Through the exhibition all of the partners supporting it seek to expand the general knowledge and appreciation of horses and their importance to New York State.

“The Everson is pleased to participate in this first of its kind exhibition and support the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament,” said Everson Director, Steven Kern. “We are always excited to partner with neighboring events and organizations, and the I Love NY Horses Art Show is yet another way to promote the rich artistic talent of our region.”

“Cazenovia College proudly supports the I Love NY Horses Art Show,” said Cazenovia College Director of Communications Wayne Westervelt. “Our ongoing role with the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, combined with academic programs in Equine, Art and Design, and Education, position the College to assist in further promoting the horse and equine industry through art.”

Awards categories include kindergarten through 3rd grade, 4th and 6th grades, 7th through 9th grades, 10th through 12th grades, college and an open division. All media is invited, including photography, sculpture, mixed media and fine art. First place winners will be chosen in each category as well as a “Best of Show” and honorable mention.

Entry fees are $5 per submission, and each artist may submit twice. Deadline for submission is October 2, 2009 and announcement of winners will be made at the Oncenter’s Lower Atrium, October 29th, 6 p.m.

For more information on exhibition specifics, drop off and retrieval of materials visit or contact Madison Ross

More information is available at

Senator David Valesky: Jessica Decerce,
The Everson Museum of Art: Sarah Massett,
Cazenovia College: Wayne Westervelt,

About the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament: Each fall, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament welcomes the top-ranked equestrians from across the US and the world to downtown Syracuse to compete at the War Memorial Arena in the Oncenter Complex. The event features a full slate of high-level competition, entertainment, shopping and exhibitions and runs October 28 to November 1, 2009. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the Syracuse Invitational benefits Cornell University Equine Hospital and the Vera House.


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