Essay Contest Winner to Get Free WEG Trip

Equine essay contest to be launched by Ashlee Bond and Legend by Bayer Animal Health

(Edited press release)

To celebrate the important bond between horses and owners and the many ways horses touch lives, Legend by Bayer Animal Health has teamed with global equestrian champion Ashlee Bond to launch the Enjoy the Ride essay contest.

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009, horse enthusiasts nationwide can share their personal stories for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the Alltech World Equestrian Games September 2010 in Lexington.

“Ever since I was very young, horses have been an important part of my personal and professional life,” said Bond. “I am excited to give fellow riders the opportunity to celebrate the joys horses bring to our lives through the Legend Enjoy the Ride Contest. I know from experience that maintaining the health of your horse is a crucial part of strengthening and enriching the bond between you and your horse.

Horse owners and riders can submit a 150-word-or-less essay explaining how much they love and care for their horses and what they think their horses give back in return. Judging will be based on three criteria: ability to clearly articulate passion for riding and caring for their horse; creativity/originality related to theme; and organization/spelling/grammar/punctuation.

Entries can be submitted at or mailed to: Bayer Animal Health, Enjoy the Ride Contest/Equine CAF3, PO Box 390, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-0390.

One grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to attend the World Equestrian Games. The four-day, three-night trip consists of airfare, accommodations, event tickets and a $500 American Express gift card for the winner only, which may be used toward the purchase of meals and for other expenses.

“At Bayer Equine, we understand the dedication and passion that horse owners and riders have towards their horses,” said veterinarian Scott King, equine products manager at Bayer Animal Health. “We are equally committed to ensuring their relationships are strong and enduring by providing best-in-class products to keep your horse healthy.

“The Enjoy the Ride contest is our way of celebrating this love for horses, as well as recognizing and rewarding owners’ and riders’ tireless work as loving caregivers.”

For more information about the contest, including contest rules and specifics, visit