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SWLA Business News & Events (7/31/18) – Presented by The SWLA Economic Development Alliance



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Horse Show & Fun Fest!

The Stables at Le Bocage and SWLA Economic Development Alliance are teaming up to bring a unique and exciting experience for Lake Charles, Louisiana. Le Bocage Lake Area Charity Horse Show and Fun Fest will be two days of athletic competition — humans and horses. Sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), the horse show will feature some of the nation’s top athletes competing in the sport of show jumping and hunter horse jumping over natural obstacles. It is an exciting sport to watch. There will be a Fun Festival with games and attractions for the whole family.
The Stables at Le Bocage, located at 4550 S. Park Road in Lake Charles, features two covered arenas, an outdoor lighted jumping arena, practice/warm up ring and full-sized grass riding flats. The facilities are constructed on 100 acres with only the highest quality and best equine products available. Olympic designer Leopaldo Palacio helped create the perfect plan for both riders and horses.
Equestrian type events are somewhat of a novelty in Southwest Louisiana. They attract big audiences in countries and parts of the United States where the sport is well known.
“We have always wanted to stage a major horse show at The Stables at Le Bocage,” said John Henning, who founded and owns The Stables at Le Bocage with his wife, Ginny. “We also knew we would need to do something different to build an audience for the sport here.”
The idea on how to stage a major horse show in Southwest Louisiana took shape when the Hennings brought in a top horse show producer for a consultation, Queenie Productions. Together they conceived the idea to create a Family Festival and a VIP viewing area under the Oaks to attract the non-horsey set to the horse show.
Other shows managed by Queenie Productions include: Gallop Around Louisiana Show Series in Folsom, Louisiana; the West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association Shows in Germantown, Tennessee; Gallop in the Glen in Knoxville, Tennessee; GO shows in Oklahoma City, OK; Tulsa Rendezvous Horse Shows in Tulsa, OK; and The International in Omaha, Nebraska – a unique world class equestrian experience and home of the 2017 World Cup Finals.
“Our vision included creating a charity horse show that has longevity and meaning in our community,” said Henning. “Our Derby for Dollars event raises money every year for the Shannon Cox Counseling Center, a real passion of ours. We wanted to create more than a Festival and horse show. We wanted to create something that helps the kids in our community. We found that through a partnership with The Alliance.”
The Alliance is the driving force to place The Leader in Me in Lake Area schools. The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation process that teaches 21st Century leadership and life skills to elementary students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. The Leader in Mehelps students learn how to become self-reliant, manage their emotions, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, increase interpersonal skills – (such as resolving conflicts and interacting well with others) – and develop the skills and self-confidence to successfully lead their lives. In the Lake Area, there are many schools that are in need of funding to implement this whole-school transformation model into their culture on campus.
The event kicks off the evening of Friday, October 26, 2018, with a pre-party for sponsors and riders. This event gives the sponsors a chance to meet and mingle with the riders competing over the next two days.
Saturday begins with the Family Fun Fest that will feature games and attractions for the whole family. There will be food trucks that feature the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Food Truck Wars, a winner-take-all competition for the best cuisine. The Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Foundation Exhibitor Village will be selling unique items and showcase a variety of vendors.
The show jumping competition kicks off with the USHJA Derby, hosted by Stine Lumber. As the USHJA Derby gets underway, the Tavern under the Oaks opens up to host a casual afternoon for sponsors and VIP guests. Patrons will be ringside under the shade of the Oaks with martinis, wine, beer and a sampling of hors d’oeuvres from some of the finest restaurants in the Lake Area. The Andreas Global Asset Management Group Welcome Classic starts the high stakes competition following the USHJA Derby.
Sunday begins as the Fun Fest gates open with a Contemporary Christian service on the facility grounds. Jazz on the Green opens up with the International Hunter Derby, where horses and riders will compete for the premier Derby event. VIPs have a ringside seat at a reserved table, while enjoying mimosas, milk punch and Bloody Marys, along with cuisine from different first class restaurants in the Lake Area. After the International Hunter Jumping, the field is prepared for the final and most exciting event of the weekend, the American Press Grand Prix. The American Press Grand Prix, a show jumping event, features the horses that are fastest and jump the highest for the largest prize money for the show.
For more information about the Le Bocage Area Horse Show, call (337) 905-5687 or email: joyce.richard@lebocagestables.com.
The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
 (337) 433-3632

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