The once-a-year affair is coming!
Celebrate Connecticut Horse Shows Association 81st Champions Awards Banquet with us on Saturday March 8, 2014!
This year’s banquet and awards ceremony will be held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. This beautiful central Connecticut location is famous for its award winning cuisine and friendly atmosphere. You are greeted by double staircases as you enter into the vestibule and pick up your pre-purchased dinner tickets. Held in the room known as Kaye’s Pier South, the glass doors around the perimeter of the room look out to a deck overlooking a pond with a fountain that is elegantly lit. The room is self contained with its own private bar and rest rooms and everything is conveniently located on the ground floor. The spacious parking lot accommodates any sized vehicle and is parking is free.
The evening will start at 6:00 PM with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar reception. At this time you may look over the silent auction items or distribute raffle tickets to your items of choice . If anyone is interested in donating items that are new and can be horse related or for children, please contact Kristen Guadagnino at 860–798-7249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festivities begin at 7:00 PM with the Parade of Champions – All Lead Rein and Walk Trot 10 and under riders who have qualified at shows throughout the season. Once again we will show slides from winners of this year’s divisions showing during the night on big screens near the stage. Anyone wishing to have their winners shown up on the big screen, please submit all photos to Larry Schwartz at email@example.com by Friday, February 14, 2014.
This year will see the return of our almost famous “Challenge of the Barns” gift baskets. We are asking barns or groups of people to put together a themed basket to be raffled off during the night. Proceeds go towards our scholarship fund. The basket with the most votes will win the Champion trophy, 2nd highest ticket count will be Reserve Champion and receive a trophy. The Dinners will include your choice of Fillet Mignon, Chicken Kathryn (Baked chicken w/bread crumbs), Eggplant Parmesan, and Chicken Tenders with fries for children under 12. Fresh bread, salad, green beans almondine and red bliss roasted potatoes will be served along with the main dinner choices. For desert mini Italian pastries and Brownies. Tea, coffee and soda will be served also. The cash bar will be open throughout the evening. Immediately following the awards the room will be cleared for the dancing ‘til midnight to the tunes of DJ “Tommy V” of Wallingford.
For folks who wish to make an excursion of the evening, arrangements have been made with the Comfort Suites at 64 Knotter Drive Southington, CT for a special rate of $109.00+tax (non-smoking), including a hot breakfast (from 6:00-10:00 AM). The hotel also has a heated pool. The hotel is right at Exit 27 off I-84 approximately 2 miles from Aqua Turf. Directions to Aqua Turf (about 2 miles away), are available at the hotel and on chsaonline.com.
So gather up all your friends and relatives and plan to attend the 81st CHSA Celebration of Champions on March 8th.
“Dress to Impress” it’s the best party of the year, see you there!