Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah , such popular racehorses as Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners Animal Kingdom , California Chrome , and Smarty Jones , and world-famous stallions including Distorted Humor , Dubawi, Medaglia d'Oro, and War Front , are being offered in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.
The 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The halters are part of the silent auction in CKRH's annual gala fundraiser, Night of the Stars, coming up June 18 at the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Online bidding on the halters and other items is available here.
"CKRH is extremely grateful for the support of prominent Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms who donated halters of famous horses, which have become a signature feature of the Silent Auction during Night of the Stars," CKRH executive director Pat Kline said.
Farms that donated halters are Adena Springs, Calumet Farm, Claiborne Farm, Coolmore's Ashford Stud, Darley, Gainesway, Spendthrift Farm, Taylor Made Farm, Three Chimneys Farm and WinStar Farm.
Other stallions with halters in the auction include American Pharoah's sire, Pioneerof the Nile , and grandsire, Empire Maker . The complete list of halters being offered:
Mucho Macho Man
Pioneerof the Nile
Will Take Charge
Night of the Stars features cocktails, dining and live and silent auctions. The highlight is the auction of CKRH students and therapy horses in themed costumes in the style of a prestigious Thoroughbred auction. The theme of this year's event is "Horse Power."
Other silent auction items available for online bidding include two tickets to home games of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team during the 2016-2017 season as well as jewelry, art and photography, antiques and collectibles, equestrian-themed items, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to area attractions, and items for the home, garden and office.