Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Hosts the 5th Annual “The Betsy” Gala

Sept. 6, 2013 -- The 5th annual Markey Cancer Foundation fundraiser “The Betsy” gala will be on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Indoor Arena. The gala is held during the Hagyard Lexington Classic show.

Sept. 6, 2013 — The 5th Annual “The Betsy” gala will be on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Over the past four years of the event, approximately 1,600 people have attended “The Betsy” gala hosted by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Indoor Arena, and the event has raised almost $500,000 for the Markey Cancer Foundation.

The gala is held during the $75,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the final class in the Hagyard Challenge Series. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails and dinner, followed by an auction and finally culminating in the show jumping event at 7:00pm. “The Betsy” is named in honor of the late Betsy Fishback, the late wife of Hagyard veterinarian Dave Fishback and a beloved member of the sport horse community who died in January 2009 of breast cancer.

“The Markey Cancer Center has helped Hagyard staff and family members over the years,” said Nicole Tomlinson of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “We see the Hagyard-Markey relationship as a way for Hagyard to help Markey to assist people in our community in their time of need. We are again looking forward to this year’s event.”

Alex Boone, Markey Cancer Foundation trustee, said “The Betsy” was the result of the dedicated efforts of a group of people who came up with the idea and put it into action.

Tickets for the Grand Prix Show Jumping portion of the evening are free and can be picked up at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, located at 4250 Iron Works Pike, by emailing or calling 859-685-3709. The first 1,500 people through the door on Friday, starting at 7:00 p.m., will receive a ticket for a free hot dog and Pepsi.

For more information on purchasing tickets to “The Betsy” gala please email






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