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2nd Annual Day of the African Equestrian Gala
Harambee Farm
Rutherfordton, NC
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The 2nd Annual Day of the African Equestrian (DOTAE) gala will be held on Saturday, October 19th at Harambee Farm  located in the Green Creek Township of Polk County, North Carolina, USA.

First presented in 2018 as a tribute to Africa based athletes competing in the FEI World Equestrian Games and to pioneering African-American horsemen (active pre-1975), the 2019 DOTAE gala will be staged as an adjunct to the CSI 5* (International Jumping Competition) scheduled for October 16  20 at the nearby Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The Tryon tournament will include qualifying classes for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan).

Hosted by The AFRICAN CONNECTIONS Research and Education Fund, Inc. (ACREF), a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, in association with SportsQuest International, LLC, the evening will honor equestrians of African ancestry active in national and international level pursuits since 1975. Prominent riders, trainers, huntsmen and handlers include (but are certainly not limited to): Marvin Brangman (Bermuda); Philesha Chandler (USA); Donna Marie Cheek (USA); Rogerio Clementino (Brazil); the late Sultan Darr (né Kevin Edwards - Bermuda and Brazil); Jefferson Tot Goodwin, MFH (USA); Thoroughbred Owner/Trainer Gaston Grant (USA); Tammy Greaves (United Kingdom); Bruce Griffin (USA); Julian Hyde (Jamaica); Paige Johnson (USA); Bassem Hassan Mohammed (Qatar); Nayel Nassar (Egypt); Abdelkebir Ouaddar (Morocco); Shayna Simon (USA); Mavis Spencer (USA) and Shepherd Zira (South Africa).

Guests at the soirée will feast upon a variety of treats inspired by the cuisines of North Africa and the Americas  expertly prepared by chefs from the renowned Hare and Hound Pub of Landrum, SC.


2019 Tom Bass Seminar: An educational seminar honoring the memory of the internationally renowned saddle horse trainer Tom Bass (1859 - 1934), will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, October 19th at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina (USA). Discussions will focus upon Diversity in Equestrian Sport.

A legendary American Saddlebred trainer, Mr. Bass was born enslaved in Columbia, Missouri. He played a prominent role both in the establishment of the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City and in the promotion of Mexico, Missouri as the Saddle Horse Capital of the World. Highlights of his extraordinary career include championships at two worlds fairs and more than 2,000 blue ribbons. The Tom Bass bit, developed to give the rider control without causing pain to the horse, is still in use today.

Admission to the Tom Bass Seminar is FREE to the public.

Confirmed panelists include: Julian Hyde, representing the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica; Stanford Moore, Publisher of Black Reins Magazine; Julian Seaman, Media Director of the Badminton Horse Trials (UK) and Hillary Tucker, Equine Services Specialist & Territory Sales Manager at McCauley Brothers - an Alltech company. Additional panelists will be announced in the run-up to the event. The seminar will be moderated by Melvin H. Cox, Managing Director of SportsQuest International, LLC and a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Topics to be explored by panelists include:

Demystifying horse sport - not for rich kids only!

Developing broad based community support for equestrian activities at all levels

Leveraging (new and traditional) media in horse focused education and promotion

Making horses 'cool' again in low wealth and middle income communities

Identifying and promoting heirs to the legendary equines of yesteryear: (Roy Roger's) 'Trigger',(The Lone Ranger's) 'Silver', (Zorro's) 'Tornado', (My Friend) 'Flicka', 'The Black Stallion', 'Mister Ed', (Gene Autry's) Champion the Wonder Horse, etc.

Incorporating the rich equestrian heritages of non-white, non-European communities (including African, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native-American, Romani, South Asian and others)into our shared equestrian narrative


Raison d'être: Celebrating contributions to equestrian knowledge, history, sport and tradition made by residents of African nations - as well as by persons of African heritage living in Europe, Asia, the Americas and throughout the world.


Theme: Building Global Bridges Through Equestrian Sport...
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Harambee Farm (View)
339 Lyles Pond Road
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
United States


Other > Charity
Sports > Equestrian

Minimum Age: 10
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: The AFRICAN CONNECTIONS Research and Education Fund, Inc.
On BPT Since: Jul 01, 2019
AFRICAN CONNECTIONS Research and Education Fund

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