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John Blackburn To Appear at Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects http://blackburnarch.com/
Release Date: 2014-05-15

Wellington, FL – May 15, 2014 – John Blackburn, the award-winning equestrian architect, will be on hand for a book signing of his coffee-table primer on stable design, Healthy Stables by Design, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD, on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 16 from noon to 2 p.m. The event will be held on the Pimlico Grandstand.

Maryland’s own Sagamore Farm is one of Blackburn’s featured project chapters in Healthy Stables by Design. Owned by Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour, the former home to racing legend Native Dancer, winner of the Preakness Stakes in 1953.

Blackburn will join several other authors on the topics of racing and horses including Jean Chodkowski, author of The Anatomy of Horse Race Handicapping, and Jay Hovdeyd, author of Long Rein: Tails from the World of Horse Racing.

One of Pimlico's oldest stakes races, the Black-Eyed Susan was first run at Pimlico in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks. The name was changed in 1952 to complement the Preakness and to acknowledge the Maryland state flower. The mile and one-eighth test for three-year-old fillies is traditionally run the Friday before the Preakness. The race was first graded in 1973 and has been a Grade II event since 1976. The Black-Eyed Susan has long been recognized as the middle jewel of the traditional filly Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Oaks Stakes (at Churchill Downs) and the Acorn Stakes (at Belmont Park). Only three fillies, Wistful (1949), Real Delight (1952), and Davona Dale (1979), all owned and bred by the illustrious Calumet Farm, have ever accomplished this feat.

Upcoming Event
Blackburn Book Signing: Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 16, 12 noon-2 p.m. Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD

For information click here.

About Healthy Stables By Design by John Blackburn with Beth HermanHealthy Stables by Design is a museum-quality 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.

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. In 2013, Blackburn completed a total of 18 events in two months and raised over $7,000 for various horse charities.

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.

Upcoming Events

Blackburn Book Signing: May 16, 12 noon-2 p.m. Black-Eyed Susan Day, Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD

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
http://www.lucasequine.com/

 

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