Tuesday, November 27, 2007

National Horse Show After Party Set to Bring Out The Stars

Award Winning Illustrator Contributes to "Dancing with the Equestrian Stars"

(Wellington, FL) - Major awards events are known for their after parties and the 124th National Horse Show competitors, sponsors, VIPs and organizers are in for a real treat after the "Jumping Under the Stars" gala during phase one of the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Championships.

The after party, which is sponsored by Equine Motorcoach, its European manufacturer Lehel Coach Builders, Cummins Onan Generators, Volvo Trucks of North America and Kentuckian's Premier Truck Center, has the theme "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars." Professional dancers will be dancing competition style with equestrians, who will change into sequined ball gowns and costumes.

The pairs will perform the fox trot, tango, and waltz for a panel of judges. Guests can dance the night away, enjoying great music and cocktails and ballroom dancing featuring the Dance Connection of Palm Beach will highlight the after party. Competitors from the show jumping finals will rehearse during the week with Dance Connection professionals.

Comfort. Coach. Contribute.

"We wanted to do something special to celebrate the debut of our Equine Motorcoach in America," said Julie Calzone, one of the Equine Motorcoach principals. "Elizabeth Hedley with the National Horse Show organizing team at Stadium Jumping, inc. has been a star for us. She's showed up for us in a big way to ensure that the event is a success by helping us with all of the details of the advance preparation."

A yellow wristband with the words "Comfort Coach Contribute" debossed on them will accompany invitations. The wristband is the admission ticket to "Dancing with the Equestrian Stars." A Rollin McGrail illustration is the centerpiece of the invitation design.

Rollin McGrail's images are recognizable both for style and content. Often, they kindheartedly lampoon the rich while harkening back to the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick and Nora and the early New Yorker years of Peter Arno. Rollin's style is agile, playful, formal, and wry. The work is largely conceptual and at the same time lends an air of whimsy and grace to some of the most prosaic of subjects.

While Rollin's work has been shown in galleries in Paris, New York, Barcelona, Key West and for several years in West Palm Beach, the bulk of her production is aimed at national newspapers, magazines and book publishers. Rollin has had weekly illustrations in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has had frequent contributions to Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Glamour, Esquire, GQ and Nickelodeon among others. Her illustrations have appeared in bestseller books such as TOASTS (Crown) and the PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY (Clarkson N. Potter) She has also received several distinguished awards in publishing. Rollin created the poster for the 121st National Horse Show in 2004, and has a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Polo Hall of Fame in Palm Beach, Florida.

Rollin was born in New York. She went to Art School in England and graduated from Parsons School of Design, New York. She currently hails from Wellington, Palm Beach County, Florida, where she resides with her husband and their two children.

On the web, Rollin's work is at www. rollinmcgrail.com or she can be reached at her studio 561-795-9525.