The purpose of the show is to encourage equine artists and to support the arts, in general, as an integral part of all horse-related sports. The annual WTBOA art show was very successful at Longacres in the 1980s and ’90s. In 2013 it will celebrate its 14th year of continued growth and success at Emerald Downs.
The art show is presented under the auspices of the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation (WTF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such, all sponsorships and/or other donations made to the art show are tax-deductible.
The show, judged by a respected panel of Northwest artists and/or other knowledgeable professionals, is open to all ages, including children, pre‑teen, intermediate and adult divisions. Cash prizes are offered in all categories, including the Stanley A. Gillman Best in Show Award, Angie Crockett Memorial People's Choice Award and Morrie and Joan Alhadeff Purchase Award.
This year's panel of judges will be comprised of the nationally renowned husband-wife photography team of Jerry and Lois Levin, artist and accomplished Northwest trainer Sharon Ross, and internationally recognized equine and wildlife artist Verdayle.
Entry fees and commissions are very reasonable. All exhibited artwork is offered for sale and a portion of the proceeds supports the many beneficent programs that are funded in part by the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation.