10th Annual Tails But No Black Tie Equestrian Fundraiser To Benefit New Orleans City Park

NEW ORLEANS – Beautiful horses, world-class riders and fabulous food all come together on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at Equest Farm, 1001 Filmore Ave., for the 10th Annual Tails but no Black Tie Fundraiser.

         The equestrian event, which benefits New Orleans City Park, hopes to raise $85,000 to replace the roof on Equest Farm’s main barn and refurbish the roof on the back barn, in order to keep the horse stalls dry.

         “Unfortunately, the roof on the 75-year-old barn has given up keeping our horses dry,” said Leslie Kramer, manager of Equest Farm. “When it rains, they get wet in their stalls. With the funds we hope to raise from this year’s Tails but no Black Tie event, we plan to replace the unsightly, non-functioning roof to match the other improvements to our facility.” 

         Guests to Tails but no Black Tie are invited to don their best “Cowboy Casual” and help “raise the roof” at several activities throughout the evening, including the Calcutta Grand Prix where guests can watch horses compete for a $10,000 prize, while eating a catered meal, enjoying an open bar and a Jazz band.

         The Tails but no Black Tie schedule includes:


4:00 p.m.              Viewing of horses

6:00 p.m.              Grandstand opens

6:30 p.m.              National Anthem and Grandstand Dinner

7:00 p.m.              Calcutta Grand Prix begins

8:00 p.m.              Jump Off


         Grandstand tickets ($175 and up) are limited to 400 tickets and include a catered dinner, open bar, music by the Tom Fisher Jazz Ensemble and up-close viewing of the Grand Prix.

         General Admission Tickets ($15 for adults/ $10 for kids over 4—kids must be over 4 to attend) are limited to 300 tickets and include access to view the horses and the riders, access to concessions and a variety of fun equestrian activities, along with a ringside view of the Grand Prix.

         This past March, Equest Farm, which has been rebuilt not once, but twice, celebrated 15 years of ownership of the stables in City Park. Summer camps, field trips, birthday parties featuring riding lessons, family rides, daily lessons and a multitude of other outside activities are available for the public to enjoy. New footing in the rings, a covered arena, new paddocks for the horses, new jumps and a new barn have made Equest Farm one of the premier equestrian centers in the country.

         Sponsors of the 10th Annual Tails but no Black Tie Fundraiser include Cembell Industries, WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), NOLA Rugs, Terminix, Gibbs Construction, Lumber Products, Inc., and Accolade Farm.

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