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The Grooms Award, Ltd. Paid Tribute to Jumper and Hunter Grooms at 136th National Horse Show

Lexington, KY — November 06, 2019 — The Grooms Award, Ltd. paid tribute and provided gifts to jumper and hunter grooms at the 136th National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.

Grooms of horses in the $50,000 National Horse Show Hunter Classic received a collection of items including SmartPak’s Out Smart bug Spray, Back On Track’s Limber Up LiniMint and shampoo and a $50 gift certificate from Back On Track, a Firefly Farm hat, a #groomsrock t-shirt, a collection of Purina items and towels, Top Turnout’s All-In-One Shampoo and snacks.

Grooms of the horses in the $225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Lexington received a collection of items including SmartPak’s Out Smart bug Spray, Back On Track’s Limber Up LiniMint and shampoo and a $50 gift certificate from Back On Track, a Grooms Award wool beanie hat sponsored by Mason Phelps, a Firefly Farm hat and a #groomsrock t-shirt, and snacks.

The groom of the winning horse in the $50,000 National Horse Show Hunter Classic was Nicole Mandracchia, who takes care of Lafitte De Muze, ridden to victory by Amanda Steege. The groom of the winning horse in the $225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Lexington was Lesley Leeman, who takes care of MTM Vivre le Rev ridden to victory by Brian Moggre.

Each of these two grooms received a SmartPak embroidered Grooms’ Award tote bag filled with a wonderful collection of gifts including Back On Track’s Limber Up LiniMint and Shampoo, SmartPak’s Out Smart bug Spray, a medical bag of horse show necessities donated by former groom Susan Crush (RN), R&D Custom Bead Jewelry (Dina Santangelo), items from Got Salt?, Sterling Essential’s Leather Cleaning and Leather Conditioner, Boy-O-Boy’s Bridleworks embroidered belt, a Grooms’ Award and USHJA embroidered hat, and “Flavor Fix” donated by HoofFix.

“It was exciting to award both Nicole and Lesley at the National Horse Show,” said Andrea Mewhinney, Director of The Grooms Award, Ltd. “The National is one of the most revered horse shows in America and grooms play a major role in horses earning the privilege of showing there. We are honored to recognize their contributions and we thank the National Horse Show for giving us the chance to do so.”

The line-up of 2019 events at which The Grooms Award, Ltd is participating includes:

CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ – Wellington, FL – February 17
Del Mar National Horse Show – Del Mar, CA – May 4
Devon Horse Show – Devon, PA – May 30
Lake Placid Horse Shows – Lake Placid, NY – July 6
American Gold Cup – N. Salem, NY – September 15
Pennsylvania National Horse Show – Harrisburg, PA – October 19
Del Mar International – Del Mar, CA – October 20
National Horse Show – Lexington, KY – November 1 & 3
Las Vegas National Horse Show – Las Vegas, NV – November 16

Created to recognize the workers “behind the scenes,” the Grooms Award was established in honor of Moira Caffarey (who unexpectedly passed away in 1997) and later George Hennessy (transporter for the USET). Friends of Moira donated a trophy for the first-ever grooms’ award at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg where individuals and companies donated prizes to be given to the winning groom. As donations increased each year, it was decided that each of the Grand Prix grooms deserved a “Thank You” for their efforts and professionalism. A tote bag was awarded to each Grand Prix groom, filled with goodies and gift cards from generous sponsors.

The Grooms’ Award, Ltd. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, recognizing professional grooms at select major horse shows each year. The Grooms’ Award, Ltd. welcomes donations and sponsorships.

For more information, or to donate, please visit www.groomsaward.org. The Grooms Award, Ltd. is also on Facebook and Instagram. #groomsrock

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