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    Sonesta Farms, a dressage barn located at 17302 Swansbury Dr., Cypress, TX 77429, will host a benefit to raise funds for the well-known dressage clinician, Eddo Hoekstra, who recently suffered a paralyzing stroke that has left him without use of his left side. The stoke occurred just weeks after he became a first time father. The fund raiser will be held in two parts, with an open party on Saturday, October 27, 2012, and a dressage clinic on Sunday, October 28, 2012, to be taught by Sonesta Farm’s trainer, USDF Silver Medalist and British Horse Society Level II trainer, Andrea Seaman.

    The party on October 27 will include a barbeque buffet, two live bands, swimming, hot tub, pony rides for kids, face painting, horseshoe pitching contest, a puppy kissing booth, Halloween costume contest for the kids and a raffle and silent auction. Internationally known equine photographer, Bob Langrish, who was recently honored by the Queen of England with the British title of MBE for his contributions to the art of equine photography, will be a special guest at the party.

    The dressage clinic on Sunday, October 28 will consist of a riding lesson on your own horse to improve your dressage or just to improve your general riding abilities and will include a stall for your horse, a seminar on how to braid your own horse for shows, a video of your riding lesson, a nice lunch and a cocktail party afterwards during which Eddo will be contacted by telephone and put on speaker to visit with everyone.

    Tickets to the Saturday party are $20 for adults and $10 for children between ages 8-13. Children under age 8 are free. Rides in the dressage Clinic are $100 each. Tickets for Saturday’s events and the Sunday riding clinic can be obtained by contacting Rebecca Pennington of Sonesta Farms at Rebecca@sonestafarms.com or by phoning her at (281) 373-0125.
    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
  • Original Poster

    If you cannot come to the benefit, but do want to help Eddo, here are two ways:

    Order an Eddo Hoekstra T-shirt at www.sonestafarms.com/eddotshirt.htm. It comes in black with white printing or red with black printing and contains one of Eddo's best known quotes: "Control less. Create more." All proceeds to Eddo. Go to www.sonestafarms.com/eddotshirt.htm


    Make a tax deductible donation to the Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program and note that it is for Eddo. Go to www.leg-up.org for more details.

    Thank you everyone!
    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


    • Original Poster

      There are now several high ticket items on which you can bid to help Eddo.

      On COTH alone, we have the following:

      A breeding to any of the stallions owned by Avalon Equine. www.avalon-equine.com You can bid on the thread at http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=369490

      A breeding to the Holsteiner Grand Prix show jumping stallion, Ralando II. More info at bidding on the thread at http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=371025

      A 2-3 night stay at a luxury guesthouse b&b in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg at Valentine Hill. http://www.absolutecharm.com/ValentineHillMain.html Bidding for this great stay can be done online at www.facebook.com/SonestaFarms or by PMing me here.

      A one year membership to Jane Savoie's online Dressage Mentor Program. www.janesavoie.com You can bid on this membership at www.facebook.com/SonestaFarms or by PMing me here.

      An autographed 16x11 photo by the internationally acclaimed equine photogrpher, Bob Langrish. This photo was auctioned two years ago for $1200 for a big charity event. You can see the photo and bid on it on the thread at http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=369906

      And check back here soon, as I will be adding a 5 night stay at a condo in Wistler, British Columbia soon!
      Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


      • Original Poster

        If you are in the Houston area, please join us this Saturday, October 27, 2012 for a fun party and fundraiser for Eddo.

        Sonesta Farms
        17302 Swansbury Dr.
        Cypress, TX 77429

        I'll save you a margarita!
        Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.