The 2004 Youth Nationals is pairing with the University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center (CTRC) to raise money for cancer research Friday, July 30, 2004. A community night to benefit the UNM CTRC will be held that evening with special donation solicitations and guest speakers from the UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center at Expo New Mexico.

The Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show will celebrate its 12th anniversary in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when it returns to Expo New Mexico July 25-31, 2004. The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo., produces the weeklong event that features top-level horse show competition, a commercial trade fair, silent auction, annual youth convention and many exciting activities.

This year's show will feature approximately 900 horses from the United States and Canada competing in 114 classes in a wide variety of disciplines. Competition starts Sunday, July 25, through Saturday, July 31 and is open to the public. Classes run from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. each day and are divided into morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Admission to all performances is free for the duration of the show. Last year's event drew 6,000 spectators.

Initiated in 1993, Youth Nationals has been AHA's premier youth event. Competition in English, western, side saddle, native costume, working cow, dressage, and hunter disciplines combined with leadership training, games, contests, parades and dance parties make this junior rider event one of the best in the nation.

For more information on the show and complete schedule visit www.arabianhorses.org

The University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center is New Mexico's premier Cancer Center supported by the State and the National Cancer Institute to conduct innovative research and deliver state-of-the-art patient care. The UNM CRTC works to reduce the incidence of cancer in New Mexico, decrease cancer mortality and contribute to the world's understanding of cancer. With a staff of over 300 including more than 150 physicians and research scientists, the UNM CRTC maintains a vigorous clinical research program, participates in clinical trials and compiles and tracks data on all cancer cases affecting the state's diverse population.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322