The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation to Participate at Women’s Horse Industry Conference

The Women’s Horse Industry Association is pleased to announce that The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation will participate at the 2nd Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky September 22-23, 2010.

The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation program is available for children in the lower elementary grades and the upper elementary grades.  Books are given to children to keep forever; in the lower elementary program, usually first grade, they are given Little Black a Pony and Little Black Goes to the Circus. After receiving their first book, the children are taken to a farm and learn how to care for a horse.  They meet the characters in the book and then read to a horse!

Upper elementary students, usually fourth and fifth graders, are given the hardback book, The Black Stallion.  Schools, a copy of the movie, The Black Stallion, and a complete curriculum that teachers truly admire and utilize.  As a reward for reading their book, these children are treated to an amazing equestrian show, the Black Stallion Show featuring performers from Arabian Nights, from Kissimmee, Florida. The show is the professional horse show that encourages children to read, brings the book to life and encourages children to read more of the books by Walter Farley.

“This is a great program and helps a lot of children and school systems. We know that our attendees will enjoy finding out more about all that the foundation does to promote literacy,” states Catherine Masters, Executive Director of the WHIA.

Additional information is available at the web site  This program is very well received and loved by teachers and students alike, as the increased enrollment in Arkansas indicates.  The program motivates children to know the joy of reading, resulting in their choosing to read, encouraging imagination and dreams that can become a reality.   The program is non-profit, volunteer oriented, and all about education. For additional information on The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation please contact Laura Graves, Black Stallion Literacy Foundation, Southeast Director at 870-746-4500.

In addition to many exhibitors featuring a variety of equine related products, attendees will be able to listen to a top notch array of speakers and panelists. The theme of the conference is “Marketing and Making the Most of Your Horse Industry Business”. There will also be a lot of time devoted to one on one networking.

For additional information on the WHIA and the 2nd Annual Conference and Expo, please visit Women’s Horse Industry Association or call 615-730-7833. The conference is open to members and non-members of the WHIA.

Catherine Masters

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