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Pocono Manor Stables’ Horse Trainer Competes in
National Reality Television Show

The Inn at Pocono Manor

Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, July 2011
... Tyler Flake, horse trainer for the Pocono Manor Stables, located at The Inn at Pocono Manor, competed with his registered American Quarter Horse recently in a national reality show to determine “America’s Favorite Trail Horse.”  The show will air in 13 one hour episodes on national television and the series will also be shown online courtesy of HRTV, beginning September 2011.

Mr. Flake and his horse, Icees Investment -- affectionately known as Stella -- competed at the regional audition this past spring in New York.  During their competition, which included completing an obstacle in a pattern and forty-five second freestyle, they were awarded the highest score of the day -- as well as the highest scores possible.

As a result, Tyler and Stella were honored as one of the 100 teams chosen from across the United States to proceed to the national finals, which were held in Austin, Texas.  The finals will air as the national reality show series, during which the contestants will compete for $100,000 in cash, prizes, and the honor of being called "American Favorite."

When asked about his horse, Mr. Flake stated, “I guess she (Stella) is the best business partner I’ve ever had.  She doesn’t call in sick, doesn’t ask for vacations days, and very rarely complains about the task at hand.  We’re out here every day doing this.  It isn’t just a hobby; it’s our life, and Stella has most definitely earned her keep doing it!”  The pair works together daily at Pocono Manor Stables.  They lead trail rides, provide riding lessons and share their skills and knowledge with riders of all levels.

For those interested in following their journey, Stella and Tyler of Pocono Manor Stables can be found on the Internet at and see them on Facebook.  Stella has her own page at

The historic and newly renovated Inn at Pocono Manor, which opened in 1902, is the longest continuously operating resort in the Poconos and one of the oldest in North America.  The Inn's elegant Exchange Restaurant at Pocono Manor welcomes guests for dinner each evening.  The Old Lamplighter Lounge serves specialty beverages and pub fare throughout the day.  The Laurel Spa offers state-of-the-art treatments designed to enhance guests' healthy lifestyles and sense of well being.

For more information on the Pocono Manor Stables, Tyler Flake & Stella, or the historic Inn at Pocono Manor, contact 800-233-8150 / 570-839-7111, or visit /

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About HRTV
HRTV is a 24-hour, television-based multimedia network dedicated to horseracing which features racing action from the world’s greatest racetracks. HRTV also features other forms of equestrian competition, as well as original programming and award-winning documentaries covering a variety of racing and general equestrian topics.

The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at The HRTV television network is presently available via cable, telco video and satellite in approximately 19 million U.S. homes through distribution partners including DISH Network (ch. 404), AT&T U-verse (ch.672), Verizon FiOS (ch.316) and a variety of cable outlets.

About The Inn at Pocono Manor

The Inn at Pocono Manor resort blends a century of hospitality with the demands of 21st Century travelers.  Lovingly referred to as the “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” and a National Registry of Historic Places property, The Inn at Pocono Manor opened in 1902 as a country retreat for Philadelphia Quakers.  Today it is the longest continuously operating Resort in the Poconos and one of the oldest in North America.  The all-season Resort boasts 237 guestrooms, and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 500 guests.  The Exchange at Pocono Manor restaurant features superb dining with an eclectic flair.  The Old Lamplighter Lounge serves specialty beverages and pub fare throughout the day. 
Complete recreational amenities are available at The Inn at Pocono Manor, including signature golf, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the luxurious Laurel Spa, fishing, clay shooting, cross country skiing, and more.   Striking views of the Pocono Mountains are visible from all sides of the resort’s main building.  Complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout.  The Inn at Pocono Manor features two 18-hole signature golf courses, including the East Course dating to 1912, which was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1927 and has been host to golf legends like Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jerry Barber.  In 1959, the West Course opened and is a favorite with long ball hitters. 
A destination within the Poconos for over a century, the 3000-acre Inn at Pocono Manor is minutes away from Crossings Premium Outlets, Camelbeach Water Park, Camelback Ski Mountain, and the Mt. Airy Casino.   The Resort is within two hours of New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Ken Ellens 
Ken Ellens Communications

Jenna Regan

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