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Friday, March 01, 2019


Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation kicks off Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes


Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced a partnership with the Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) Amateurs that will be known as the Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes.

To participate in the Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes, which runs from March 1 through August 31, 2019, one must mention “GHCS” or “Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes” when:
  1. Making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation via by following the “Get Involved” link; or
  1. Sending an email that also includes your name and address to No purchase is necessary for email entry.

For more information and for the rules governing the sweepstakes, please see the Official Rules. Eligible entries are limited to one per person.

Participants will be eligible to win a variety of prizes including a Bluegrass experience October weekend package, tickets to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, a print from famed Thoroughbred artist Robert Clark, a stallion halter, or a Grayson swag bag.

“The amateur association of the PHBA is excited to partner with Grayson to support research efforts that help our equine partners and companions,” said Marleen Cowie, president-elect of PHBA Amateurs. “Diseases like colic and laminitis do not discriminate based on color or breed, and the Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes will enable us to give back to these animals that do so much for us.”

Bill Casner, a longtime horse owner, is kicking off the Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes with a $5,000 lead gift, and he is offering his box at Keeneland as one of the prizes for those who partake in the challenge. Casner recently purchased a palomino horse, “Bet Hes Chrome,” at the Fort Worth Stock Show.

“My love of all horses, from Thoroughbreds to palominos, has inspired my dedication to Grayson over the years,” said Casner. “Discoveries from scientific research can and do make lasting impacts on generations of horses, and I am pleased to do my part to facilitate such studies through the Golden Horse Challenge Sweepstakes.”     

“Grayson aspires to improve the health and soundness of every type of horse, and we are honored to collaborate with PHBA Amateurs in pursuit of this goal,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “We will also be engaging with other breed associations that register palomino horses to encourage additional support of the challenge.”

The PHBA was founded in 1941 and maintains records on more than 88,000 horses and owners, more than 250,000 horse show entries, and more than 500 horse shows. PHBA provides recreational, financial, and competitive rewards for every age group, extending more than 900 approved classes for amateurs, novice/amateur, youth, and open programs. Classes range from halter to jumping, horsemanship to driving, cutting to saddle seat, pole bending to reining, and barrel racing.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $26.3 million to fund 358 projects at 43 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at
Contact: Holly White
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