GIHP Legacy Link E-Newsletter

Spring 2010
Welcome to the spring edition of the Georgia International Horse Park’s Legacy Link e-newsletter. After a rainy winter, extremely cold weather and even snow, spring is finally on its way!We are looking forward to an exciting 2010 season at the park. We hope you’ll learn something new in this newsletter about upcoming events and projects we’ve taken on during the winter months. You’re invited to come see why we’re “Groomed for Greatness” at the Georgia International Horse Park.
Eggs falling from the sky, greyhounds and a party celebrating the Kentucky Derby…there’s plenty going on at the GIHP
The Georgia International Horse Park’s 2010 season kicks off with a variety of new events from the East Atlanta Egg Drop to the Dream 5000 Barrel Racing and Bull Riding event.The East Atlanta Egg Drop, sponsored by Discover Point Church, will feature a helicopter emptying 30,000 plastic eggs onto the GIHP Steeplechase for collection by thousands of egg hunters. The event is free (but pre-registration is encouraged) and takes place on Saturday, March 20 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit brings another unique event to the park in the form of Greyfest, Southeastern Greyhound Adoption’s annual gathering of former racing greyhounds and the families who adopted them. Scheduled for Saturday, April 17, Greyfest will feature information about the breed of dogs and the afternoon will feature the “Blur of Fur” in the park’s Grand Prix Stadium where the dogs will have a chance to run at full tilt on the stadium’s floor.

Also in April, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals will take place at the park April 22-25.

The top hunt seat and western riders from high school and middle school teams across the country will compete for the 2010 National Interscholastic Equestrian Association Champion title. The riders show in a draw-type format that “levels the playing field,” and prepares them for intercollegiate riding and scholarships. Spectators are encouraged and admission is free. More information can be found at

On Saturday, May 1, the GIHP is proud to host Derby Day, a Kentucky Derby themed party benefiting the Shepherd Center. The event includes two bands, barbecue, beverages, silent and live auction, games, and a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby. In its 27-year history, Derby Day has raised over $3.5 million for Shepherd Center. For more information visit

Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) brings the Dream 5000 Ultimate Bulls and Barrels event to the park. Promoter Russell Landrum encourages the whole family to remember our heroes during this patriotic weekend while being entertained by fast-paced competition. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Visit for a complete calendar of events taking place this spring at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Repairs to Flood-Affected Areas Nearly Complete  
The Georgia International Horse Park, along with numerous neighboring communities and facilities, experienced severe flooding this past fall. The park has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a local contractor to repair the damage caused by flooding.One of the trail heads is complete while two others are under construction with completion scheduled for March 3. Clean up of the Glen is well underway and on schedule for completion this week as well. Sand from the Yellow River that was deposited on the Glen due to the flooding has been repurposed for use in some of the arenas. The unusable portion will be removed.
29th Annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Fun will be in full bloom at the 29th Annual Conyers Cherry Blossom scheduled for March 27-28 at the GIHP from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. More than 300 art and craft exhibitors, food vendors, two stages of entertainment and a children’s area await festival-goers.Always popular, the Rockdale County Master Gardeners will have cherry trees for sale during the festival. There is no admission fee with a $5 parking fee per vehicle.

Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase at the festival. A bag meal donation to the Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund Food Drive will go towards $2.00 off the purchase of a festival T-shirt.

“The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival signifies the kick-off to spring and is such an anticipated event in this community and our region,” said Rebecca Hill, festival event manager.

The festival was named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for March 2010. For the fourth consecutive year, the festival also was named “Best Festival” in its budget category for 2009 at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association Conference Kaleidoscope Awards. The festival also boasts a number of auxiliary events including a golf tournament, croquet tournament, Scrabble tournament, the East Atlanta Egg Drop and a pageant. For more information on these events, visit

GIHP Festivals Recognized with Kaleidoscope Awards
The Georgia International Horse Park was represented at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association Conference in Macon, Georgia in February.Along with the “Best Festival” Gold Kaleidoscope Award, the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival won a Silver Kaleidoscope for “Best Sponsor Solicitation,” and a Silver Kaleidoscope for “Best T-shirt.”

The Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival, held annually in August, was recognized with a Silver Kaleidoscope for “Best Printed Ad,” and a Bronze Kaleidoscope for “Best Event within an Event” for the City of Conyers’ Green Team wildflower seedball-making project at the 2009 festival. The seedballs were recently dispersed by local school children at the Big Haynes Creek Nature Center within the GIHP.

Pictured above, left to right, are: GIHP Event Manager Jim Cowan, Conyers Main Street Program Assistant Christina Coppock, GIHP Event Manager Jill Miller, GIHP Event Manager Rebecca Hill and Steven Moore with RCS Productions, sponsor and announcer of the Kaleidoscope Awards.

Horse Park News Bits & Open Dates
· Event manager Jim Cowan wishes to thank GIHP staff, promoters and friends for their support during his recent medical leave. We’re happy Jim is back and healthy as a horse (who could resist that one?)!· The Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival has been named a prestigious Top 20 Event in August 2010 by Southeast Tourism Society.· There are still open dates available for your show or event at the GIHP in 2010. The Walker Covered Arena is open the weekends of March 13, July 17, August 14, August 21, August 28, September 11 and October 2. There are various dates available for the Grand Prix Stadium and Plaza and outer arenas as well. If you haven’t booked your event for 2010, call Darlene Partain at 770-860-4198 or email her at darlene.partain.

· The Carson and Barnes Circus will return to the GIHP June 11-13. This will be the 74th edition of the circus that, this year, blends eight decades of circus tradition with breathtaking performances and up-close audience viewing. For discount coupons and more information, visit

· Park representatives were recently part of Equine Day at the Georgia Capitol in January.

Thanks for subscribing to The Legacy Link! Visit for an up-to-date calendar of events taking place at the Georgia International Horse Park!Sincerely,Georgia International Horse Park Staff

Georgia International Horse Park | 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway | Conyers | GA | 30013


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