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'Heartland' Star Supports SBOA Silent Auction

Published: January 18, 2011 10:12 am ET

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Amber Marshall, star of CBC’s wildly popular 'Heartland' television series, has stepped up to support the fundraising silent auction at the annual SBOA Awards Dinner in Guelph on January 22.

Amber plays 'Amy,' a young lady with a special way with troubled horses, in the family drama set on an Alberta ranch which is now in its fourth season of Sunday Night prime time.

She says the series role combines two of her great loves, acting and horses. At one time she worked as a veterinary assistant in a clinic outside her hometown of London, Ont.

Marshall will be returning to London this March for the Can-Am All Breeds Equine Emporium on Sunday, March 20 for an autograph session with fans.

The SBOA package is offering a private luncheon with Marshall that Sunday, as well as four weekend Can Am passes, and a $100 gift certificate for the Delta London Armouries hotel.

Another unique item on the auction list will be an entertainment getaway donated by Great Canadian Gaming. Included is air fare for two from Toronto to Vancouver, four nights at the River Rock Casino and dinner at Fraser Downs.

Well over 60 lots will be on the table, everything from a Las Vegas National Rodeo Finals vacation to horse feed. There’ll be golf packages, tickets to Maple Leafs and Raptors games, cottage rentals, gourmet gift baskets, Equi-Challenge tickets, trade advertising, O’Brien Awards tickets and accommodation, a Forest City Yearling Sale entry and hotel, plus dozens of other appealing items.

Proceeds from the auction support the activities of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association, including two filly stakes races and the successful New Owners Mentorship Program for racing newcomers.

Marketing expert Dr. Joan Zielinski will be the featured dinner speaker and will be discussing her 1991 and 2010 report on harness racing commissioned by the USTA.

The SBOA event is open to everyone, not just breeders, and is always an entertaining evening. The Annual General Meeting begins at the Delta Hotel at 5:00 p.m., with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 each, parking included, and can be reserved by calling Patti Cunning (905-854-1354) or Laurie Poole (519-678-3637).

To preview the SBOA Auction items, including Stallion services, click here.

(SBOA)

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