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Co-author Beth Herman, John Blackburn and Susan Lylis

Former Congressman John Tanner and Jane Thery who chairs the Farm Stewardship Committee of the Maryland Horse Council listen to Blackburn's remarks.

John Blackburn, Rhonda Van Lowe, Bridget Love Meehan and Former Congressman John Tanner

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John Blackburn Launches Healthy Stables By Design at the Washington International Horse Show Armed Forces Reception

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2013-10-30

All Author Proceeds Donated to Equine Charities

Washington, DC - October 30, 2013 - Award-winning equestrian architect John Blackburn celebrated the launch of his newly released book, Healthy Stables by Design, at the Armed Forces Reception at the Acela Club in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The event was part of Military Night at the 55th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on Friday, Oct. 25.

Approximately 250 VIPs, guests and members of the media joined Blackburn for a short program, cocktails and dinner. A portion of the ticket sales and all author proceeds from Blackburn’s book were donated to the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Therapy Program and PATH International’s Wounded Warrior Project area organizations: Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Therapeutic Riding and Recreation Center and Loudoun Therapeutic Riding.

On hand were members of the Third Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the U.S. Army, serving the nation since 1784. The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and includes the Caisson Platoon. Also in attendance were members of the U.S Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, who performed their precision rifle drill for the WIHS audience.

WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan welcomed the group and introduced Rhonda Van Lowe, Chairman of the Board of Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program. Van Lowe shared her experience with horses in the program and described what a wonder they are. She spoke about their new facility, designed by Blackburn. Then she turned over the podium to Blackburn.

Blackburn gave thanks to his co-author, Beth Herman; his sponsor, Lucas Equine; the Washington International Horse Show; his wife, Jenni, and others for their support.

“Horses have given me so much, and now it is time for me to give back to horses,” said Blackburn about his decision to donate all his proceeds from his book to equine charities. The architect and author will travel for the next year for public book signings at booksellers and private events at farms featured in Healthy Stables by Design. Proceeds from every event will benefit equine charities.

The next stop on Blackburn’s book launch tour is the Alltech National Horse Show, where he will appear for book signings on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 30, after the show at Gracie Street Garden; on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Taylor Harris Club; and at noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the North Star Rider Lounge. He will also be on hand at the Lucas Equine booth from Wednesday to Saturday during the show.

About Healthy Stables by Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman
Healthy Stables by Design is a museum-quality coffee table book that illustrates Blackburn’s approach to equestrian architecture through dramatic photography and compelling writing.

It introduces the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light and passive solar heating and cooling into significant horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional.

About John Blackburn
John Blackburn serves as the President and Senior Principal of Blackburn Architects, a Washington, D.C. firm. He has 35 years of expertise in architecture and 30 years of work focusing specifically on equestrian architecture with more than 160 horse farm designs to his credit. His award-winning work is widely known for its beauty, functionality and sustainability.

Blackburn has built facilities for racing, polo, hunters and jumpers and Quarter Horses in a variety of climates and evolving site conditions and he has been featured in dozens of equestrian, architecture and luxury lifestyle publications.

Click here to learn more about Blackburn Architects.

For more about Healthy Stables by Design, by John Blackburn click here 

Click here to order Healthy Stables by Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman. All author proceeds donated to equine charities.

Sponsored by:
Lucas Equine Equipment

To sponsor the tour of Healthy Stables by Design contact:
Carrie Wirth
(516) 763-3389 (office); (612) 209-0310 (cell)



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