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Garlands Of Orange To Highlight Local Horse Show

May 15, 2013

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — In support of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, horses will don orange floral neck garlands at the 2013 Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut Annual Horse Show, which will be held Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26.

For the past five years, the horse show has offered a “benefit class” which focuses on outreach to a local charity. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has been chosen to be this year’s beneficiary. The benefit class, also known as the walk, trot, jog class, is open to all ages and level of riders. All riders who enter this class will be awarded orange sashes to place on their horses for a center ring photo after equestrians complete their ride.

“Every year, we strive to choose a local charitable organization that is representative of our exhibitors’ passions,” said Amy Zolnik, of Wallingford, who serves on the board of directors for the Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut. “We have many exhibitors and members of our club who have personal connections to multiple sclerosis, and we knew that the Connecticut Chapter needed to this year’s beneficiary.”

The Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut will also design orange t-shirts promoting the National MS Society. Funds will be raised through the sale of the t-shirts, as well as class entry fees and sash sponsorships. The horse club hopes to raise $1,500 for the Connecticut Chapter.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. There currently is no cure.

The 2013 horse show will be held on Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26 at the “Big E” Eastern States Exhibition Center in Springfield, Mass.

For more information about the Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut’s Annual  Horse Show, please visit or like the Facebook page Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut- AHCC.

To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to become involved, please visit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s website at



About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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