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Equine-Based Reality Show Seeks Contestants

Survivor, Big Brother, and the Apprentice and other reality shows have all become a national television phenomenon. Now, the Game Show Network is looking for candidates in the very first equine-based reality show.

The American Dream Derby will be the first reality series set in the world of professional thoroughbred racing. The series will combine a behind-the-scenes look into training and racing horses climaxing with a live telecast of the first-ever American Dream Derby horse racing event.

The Game Show Network is looking to cast real people from all different backgrounds with varying levels of interest and knowledge of horses. Experience with horses and horse racing is not required, but a genuine interest in both is a plus.

The program will follow 12 contestants as they explore the world of thoroughbred racing guided by top trainers in the sport. While immersed in this world, they will compete in challenges related to the sport of horse racing. Professionals will help the 12 contestants better understand the process of training horses and wagering.

The show climaxes with a grand, live horse racing finale. In this winner-take-all game, one contestant will be awarded his or her very own thoroughbred race horse as well as a cash prize of up to $250,000.

"This is an amazing opportunity to not only win a ton of cash, but 100 percent ownership in a thoroughbred race horse," said Allan Johnson of the Game Show Network. "People who are involved in the walking horse industry already have a love for these beautiful animals and have a chance to make great contestants."

Interested applicants should complete the application form and provide photographs and a video introduction by Oct. 8, 2004. Application forms are available through the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. Contact Chip Walters, director of public and media relations ( at (931)-684-5915 for more information.

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