Tomorrow at 1 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to remember seventeen-year-old Claire Davis, who was fatally wounded in the December 13 Arapahoe High School shooting, at a memorial service at the National Western Events Center. Tickets to the Celebration of the Life of Claire Davis are free and can be reserved at nationalwestern.com.
Davis was an accomplished equestrian who competed in a horse show at the 2013 National Western Stock Show and was scheduled to compete again in 2014.
In addition, Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered that flags on all public buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in memory of Davis.
The 2014 National Western Stock Show plans to honor Davis by naming a popular horse event after her. The Gambler's Choice event will be known next year as the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show. The Events Center will also be decorated with a large yellow ribbon in memory of Davis throughout the entire stock show, which is scheduled to take place from January 11 to January 26.
Read the entire press release from the National Western Stock Show below.
The family of Claire Davis and leaders of the National Western Stock Show and Complex announced today that a Celebration of the Life of Claire Davis will be held on January 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the National Western Events Center. The National Western Events Center is where Claire competed in a horse show during the 2013 National Western Stock Show and was scheduled to compete in 2014.
The 108th National Western Stock Show in January will be honoring Claire Davis by naming a horse show in her honor. The popular Hunter and Jumper event known as the Gambler's Choice will be named the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show for the 2014 National Western. A moment of silence will be observed for Claire prior to all ticketed horse show events in the Events Center at this year's Stock Show. In addition, the Events Center will don a large yellow ribbon in memory of Claire Davis throughout the Stock Show, from January 11-26.
Paul Andrews, President/CEO of the National Western Stock Show and Complex stated, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family at this difficult time. Claire's passion and love of horses and competition embodied what we deeply value at the National Western Stock Show. She was an excellent equestrian and a great example for all youth in the world with her positive attitude and leadership. We are honored to help celebrate her life through the numerous horse show events during our 2014 Show."
"The National Western does a wonderful job of supporting young equestrians, like Claire. We're so appreciative that they've agreed to host this special celebration of Claire's life and for everything they're doing to honor Claire's memory," said Desiree Davis.
There will not be a charge for attending the event at 1:00 p.m. on January 1st, but to ensure that the facility's seating capacity is not exceeded, all those planning to attend will need to have a ticket. Tickets will only be issued at nationalwestern.com or the National Western Box Office beginning December 27 at 10:00 a.m. For those that wish to enjoy the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show, those tickets are on sale now at nationalwestern.com.
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