April 29, 2008

The poster titled "Kick on Darren" is from a Joshua A. Walker photograph of Darren on Tragumna at Poplar Place Horse Trials. It was designed by Jimmy Lee and produced specifically to raise funds.

A trip to the Burghley horse trials and services to renowned trakehner sires are among the items in online auction for US event rider Darren Chiacchia.

The auction to raise funds for Chiacchia, who was badly injured in a cross-country fall in March, closes tomorrow.

The stallion services up for grabs include nominations to Windfall, Abdullah, Salute the Truth, E.H. Michelangelo, Favian *Ps* and many other.

Equestrian products and services in the acution include a $1000 Bit of Britain gift certificate, a year's supply of feed from Purina Mills, a trip for two to Burghley, clinics with world-class equestrians like Gina Miles and more. A 24" x 36" poster of Darren will also be available for purchase online.

All bids in the auction, hosted by Trakehners International, are paid to the Equestrian Aid Foundation in Darren's name and are tax-deductible.

Trakehners International started as an international friendship of Trakehner lovers from Germany and the United States in early 2001. What began over five years ago as an idea of how to connect Trakehner owners, breeders and enthusiasts around the world has turned into the number one place on the web for Trakehner news and features. The primary goal of Trakehners International is the promotion of the breed.