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Jaffrey: Electric Earth concerts holds equine show, benefit dinner to fund summer concert series

Horses and hors d’oeuvres, cocktails in a hayloft, Mount Monadnock in the background.

That’s what to expect on Saturday at Equestrian Fantasy, a multipart fundraising gala to benefit Electric Earth Concert’s program of free outreach concerts. The event is a collaboration between Electric Earth, Elite Equestrian Enterprises, Mead Brook Equestrian Center and the Grand View Inn in Jaffrey,

The evening will open at 5 a.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and socializing in the informal and rustic hayloft at Mead Brook, which is located at 74 Great Road. At 6 p.m. master equestrian Rebecca Eccard will mesmerize the audience with an exhibition of the beauty, elegance and grace of show horses. In addition to star Friesians, there will be gifted Morgan, Percheron and Tennessee Walker breeds. Highlights include horses performing in Liberty (loose in the arena), Quadrille (a four-rider pattern drill) and Pas De Deux (two riders performing together), as well as a carriage driving presentation and a freestyle finale with a live musical performance by soprano Ilana Davidson.

“Rebecca is a true champion in what she does,” said Electric Earth Artistic Director Jonathan Bagg. “The show should be quite spectacular and entertaining, and a bit unusual for an event like this.”

Following the performance, guests will take a short drive over to the Grand View, to enjoy a spectacular view of Monadnock before stepping into the elegantly-appointed barn for dinner provided by Sunflowers Restaurant of Jaffrey. While the sun sets on the longest day of the year, musicians from Electric Earth will perform prior to the dessert course.

The event will also include a silent auction at the Grand View, featuring such items as paintings by Danny Thibeault, Marcia Tripp and Christopher Bagg; vacation weeks in Brittany, France and Vinalhaven, Maine; a case of selected wines and a sterling silver necklace.

For those who only want to attend the Equestrian Fantasy performance, admission is $25. The reception and show together are $50, and the full program including dinner is $125.

All proceeds will benefit what Electric Earth notes is “music’s enriching and therapeutic power” at free concerts in schools, shelters, rehabilitation centers, and homes for people with disabilities. This summer outreach events will be held at Plowshare Farm in Greenfield, Summerhill in Peterborough and the Lukas Community in Temple and the program will also benefit the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention and Shelter from the Storm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Electric Earth website at ElectricEarthConcerts.org or call 646-522-3352, or email to eeconcerts@gmail.com.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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