Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Local party calendar crowded.(Personalities)

Byline: Inside Source CHARLOTTE BALCOMB LANE Of the Journal

Decisions, decisions. So many events were going on last weekend, Albuquerqueans actually had to decide what they wanted to attend. Schmooze with the young and restless at the Equestrian Cup, or soak up the culture at the opening of Traditions! at the Budaghers exit; attend the annual Directors Dinner at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, or saddle up for a wild and woolly Wild West party at the J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch south of Santa Fe? I chose the Equestrian Cup and the Eaves party, and both were great.

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY: Without a doubt, the 12th Annual Equestrian Cup has become one of the hottest outdoor public picnics of the year. Why? Lots of good food and the chance to taste a slew of affordable wines, all set within four hours of terrific people watching and priced at a very reasonable $30.

And, as if any more entertainment were necessary, a series of horse shows takes place in the outdoor arena at the State Fairgrounds throughout the event.

Last year, Arctic weather kept all but the heartiest partiers away, but the co-chairman of the event, Justin Taibbi, 25, estimated that Sunday's fair skies drew about 2,500 people. …

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