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Horse Illustrated March 2011 Wintec Giveaway Results

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With over 1,000 entries, picking a winner in the Wintec 500 Close Contact saddle giveaway was extremely tough! Thanks to all who entered for their inspiring stories. If you didn't win this time, our second Wintec giveaway ends June 15, and a third will be announced soon. Click here to see all past and current contests.

The Winner
Kayla F.,
Monroe, Wis.

One night at our barn, some moldy hay caught fire. The tack room burned, along with my saddle, and my horse Trixie got minor burns on her legs. She's now healed enough to show, but I can't afford a saddle because of her vet bills.

Weatherbeeta was also kind enough to supply a prize to our top four runners-up, the Roma Ecole Star all-purpose saddle pad worth $45.

Runners-up
Molly B.
Pittsboro, N.C.

I lost my wonderful Thoroughbred, Beau, and all my tack in a barn fire in April 2010. I rescued another Thoroughbred from an auction and she is hard to fit, especially with limited resources. I need something versatile and durable, as she is a growing 4-year-old and we are not sure where we are headed--hunters, pleasure, or maybe cross-country. My lovely new mare deserves this saddle. I want to give her a good life and a good start. Wintec, please help us!

Pat P.
Sparr, Fla.

I would love to win this saddle, not for me but for my sister. She has been my rock while I was going through a serious illness. After I started getting better, she encouraged me to get on a horse. She introduced me to the world of riding. She is a fantastic person, and I would give her the world if I could.

Sarah W.
Tallmadge, Ohio

When I rescued Salvataggio, I was told he was worthless. He was abused, starved and broken in every sense of the word--except to ride. A year later, I am told he is extraordinary. However, rehabilitation has been expensive, and this saddle would help me showcase his pricelessness in the show-ring.

Madeline D.
Wexford, Pa.

I know someone who really needs this saddle: Deb Elliott runs Elliott Acres, a therapeutic barn where I volunteer, and she has very limited funds. We started a fundraiser, "Manure with a Mission," with which I helped. If I can shovel manure for her, can you donate a saddle?

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Christy Jacobs    Wildwood, MO

6/14/2012 11:43:17 AM

I too agree with Juli from Chicago. According to horse illustrated the entries were supposed to be a maximum of 50 words. If the contest rules say 50 words or less, than that's what it should be. If it's more than 50 words, than the entry to be eliminated from the contest.

jessy    Fairlee, VT

2/16/2012 11:26:32 AM

Hi My name is Jessy I am going to be 21 this feb,20th and I only have two horses that are my family I have no other family and I need a new saddle for my mare and I would really like to enter the wintec giveaway so my horses have a better saddle then my neaten up old leather saddle it has been chewed by mice and scratched from training abused and rescue horses and horses that just don't want to go and lay down and roll

Julie    Chicago, IL

2/7/2012 8:16:17 AM

According to horse illustrated the entries were supposed to be a maximum of 50 words. Most of these entries are way more than 50 words. Had I known this I would have written a longer entry when I entered this contest. This does not seem fair as it was very hard to squeeze what you want to say in just 50 words. I have to say that I am disappointed and I'm sure that those others that followed the rules of the contest are too.

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