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John Blackburn signs a book at Pegaso Farm in Chicago.

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John Blackburn Book Tour Raises Much-Needed Funds for Equine Charities

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2013-12-22

Wellington, FL – December 23, 2013 – John Blackburn has been on an extensive tour of the country to celebrate the launch of his book, Healthy Stables by Design. He has traveled to many of the farms featured in the book for private signing events and has made public appearances at bookshops, museums, equestrian venues and major horse shows. Blackburn was also asked to participate in the prestigious National Press Club Book Fair presented by Politics & Prose, an active and well-known Washington, D.C.,bookseller.

All author profits from the sale of Healthy Stables by Design have and will continue to be donated to various equine charities including Hooved Animal Humane Society, PATH International’s Wounded Warrior Project, Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, The Equine Rescue League and many more.

“I want to thank all those who hosted events and the horse charities who participated in the signing events for my book,” said Blackburn. “Many of the barn owners and bookshops went to extraordinary lengths to help promote my book and the needs of their favorite equine charity.”

Blackburn completed a total of 18 events in two months and sold over 200 copies of the book, raising over $7,000 for various horse charities. 

“The book tour has inspired me to find ways to continue to help horse charities in the future,” said Blackburn.  “There are a lot of horse charities out there that need our help. Though I can’t help them all, I will look for opportunities to continue to give back to horses what they have given me over the past 30 years.” 

Blackburn will continue with additional Healthy Stables by Design events in the winter and spring of 2014.

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, dressage, 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.


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