January 12, 2008 -- Clinician and trainer Lynn Palm announces a "Why I Love Horses" and "My Favorite Horse Publication" essay contest for the 2008 Women Luv Horses™, a three-day celebration of horses and women to be held at the Industry Hills Expo Center in City of Industry, Calif. (near Los Angeles), December 5-7.
The essay is limited to 500 words or less and must include why the writer loves horses and why they love their favorite horse publication. The publication can be print- or web-based.
Submit essays via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, mailing address, contact phone number, contact email and age division. Age divisions include: 12 and under, 13 to 18, 19 to 35, 35 to 55, and over 56. One winner will be selected from each age division and each winner will receive two free weekend tickets to the Women Luv Horses 2008 event. The free weekend tickets include VIP seating at the event's Fashion Show and Cowgirl Party. Deadline for submitting essays is May 15. Essay contest winners and their favorite horse publications will be publicized daily at the event as well as on Lynn Palm's website.
"Inside every person with a horse passion is a special answer to 'Why I Love Horses.' The essay contest was created to recognize horse lovers of all ages and to reward them with an incredible experience at the Women Luv Horses event," said Palm. "We also want to recognize and team with all horse publications to grow their reader base through the Women Luv Horses event and essay contest. Horse publications are the lifeblood of the horse industry, and we appreciate their economic value in growing the marketplace."
The Women Luv Horses California debut is prompted by the success of the inaugural Women Luv Horses event held in North Carolina in 2007:
> Horse & Rider Special Report: Women Luv Horses
> Photo Gallery: 2007 Women Luv Horses
The Women Luv Horses event features a power packed educational forum of demonstrations, workshops and seminars related to women and their horse passion. Guest speakers include women role models in the equestrian and professional world. Evening fun will include Friday night's Fashion for Fillies Fashion Show and Saturday night's American Quarter Horse Association American Horses' Care Cowgirl Party. The trade show promises a special shopping experience with unique products from vendors from across the United States.
"Women represent the majority of horse owners in the United States and perhaps the world," said Palm. " Women are also matriarchs in the family unit. Blending family and the love of horses proves challenging at times. This retreat will help women learn the secrets of how to achieve a healthy balance within their busy lifestyles."
Palm extends a special invitation for men of all ages to attend the event. "The Women Luv Horses event promises entertainment, education, and shopping geared to men as well," she said.
For more than 30 years, Palm has championed the partnership of horse and rider, bringing her unique perspective to hundreds of thousands of horse enthusiasts around the world. Palm's accomplishments include the American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) 2006 Professional Horsewoman of the Year, over 34 AQHA World and Reserve World Championships, and a record 4 AQHA Superhorse wins. She is also a member of Horse & Rider magazine's Team Horse & Rider .