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Russian Balloon Artist Irina at the EQUUS Equestrian Idol Event on February 17

WELLINGTON, FL – January 31, 2007 – Russian Balloon Artist Irina Patterson (http://mylifeandart.typepad.com/) will be one of the many unique performers at the EQUUS Equestrian Idol Talent Show & Bash on February 17 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. Tables of six and individual seats are still available for this special evening of feasting and equestrian revelry.

Irina, the “Russian Queen of Balloons”, a professionally trained entertainer and artist, hails from Russia where she honed her creativity under the influence of many great Russian artists. Irina’s performances are one of a kind. Irina excels in twisting whimsical animals, balloon caricatures of the people present at the party, party crowns and anything else the audience can think of.

Irina will perform her balloon caricatures while guests enjoy cocktails hosted by Skyy Spirits, a dinner buffet by Aaron’s Catering of Wellington, music by Tradewinds Music, and a silent auction. The event will be held during the Winter Equestrian Festival in the Special Events Pavilion at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Robert “Ryan Seacrest” Dover will emcee the musical talent show featuring performers Taylor Blauweiss, Patricia Griffith, Leslie Howard, Frank Madden, Alexis Stein, and McLain Ward and judges, George Morris, Mason “Simon Cowell” Phelps Jr., Susie “Paula Abdul” Schoellkopf, and Gene “Randy Jackson” Mische.

In order to raise funds, The EQUUS Foundation is seeking individuals and businesses throughout the equestrian and Palm Beach communities to assist with their gracious generosity, either through cash donations, in-kind donations, auction donations and sponsorships. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

To make reservations, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at (203) 259-1550, or Email to: equusfoundation@aol.com.


EVENT: The Equestrian Idol Talent Show & Bash to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

WHAT: A casual evening of feasting and revelry featuring cocktails, dinner, music, a silent auction, and a musical talent show performed by top Grand Prix Riders, Trainers, and other Equestrians, featuring Robert “Ryan Seacrest” Dover as Emcee, with George Morris as the Celebrity Judge joining the other judges, Mason “Simon Cowell: Phelps Jr., Susie “Paula Abdul” Schoellkopf, and Gene “Randy Jackson” Mische.

WHERE: Special Events Pavilion & Internationale Arena, Winter Equestrian Festival, Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, 14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, Florida 33414.

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2007.

HOURS: 6:00 p.m. to 10: 00 p.m.


Gold Medal (Table of six seats Front Row Center table): $5,000 per table.

Silver Medal (Table of six seats Front Row Side or Second Row Center): $2,500 per table.

Bronze Medal (Table of six seats Second Row Side): $1,800 per table.

OPEN SEATING: $175 per seat.


Underwriting opportunities are available. Underwriters receive recognition at the event and inclusion in all pre and post-publicity. Contact Lynn Coakley at 203-259-1550 or via email at equusfoundation@aol.com.

EVENT CO-CHAIRS: Jenny Belknap, Lynn Coakley, & Mason Phelps, Jr.


Gold Medal: Susan Bloomberg, Bobbie Braun & Split Rock Farm, Mary & Mike Carpenter, Gray & Jerry Fadden, Hiroko & Gregg Polle, Don & Liz Russo, and Sharon Haugh & Alexis Stein

Silver Medal: The Callari Auto Group, Jane Forbes Clark, Louisburg Farm & Skyy Spirits

Bronze Medal: Bluhammock Music, Jim Corbin, Illustrated Properties, R. Bruce Duchossois & H in D Stables, Inc., Martha Wachtel Jolicoeur P.A., Illustrated Properties, Offield Farms, Louise Otten, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Patton, Quiet Corner Farm, &Mr. & Mrs. Allan Shore

HONORARY COMMITTEE: Pamela Allardice, George Banks, Katherine & Mark Bellissino, Susan Bloomberg, Bobbie Braun, Eleanor Bright, Mary &. Michael Carpenter, Jane Forbes Clark, Carol Cone & Harry Silverman, Sherri Crawford, Debi & Lou Dobbs, R. Bruce Duchossois, Gray & Jerry Fadden, Diana & Richard Feldman, Julie & Daniel Frank, Catherine Garofalo, Toni & Jean Goutal, Ellen & Bob Healey, Jami & Klaus Heidegger, Catherine & Steve Herman, Nancy & Tim Hooker, Martha Jolicoeur, Lisa & Robert Lourie, Eugene R. Mische, Rick & Julie Mitchell, Caroline Moran, Karen Reid Offield, Kathy & Joe Patton, Mary & Martin Puris, Vanessa Symmons, Don & Liz Russo, Richard Schechter, Mary & Dennis Shaughnessy, Jill & Allan Shore, Sharon & Roy Simpson, Sharon Haugh Stein, Gigi Stetler, Robin Sweeley, and Peter Welles.


The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) non-profit fund raising organization, was founded in August 2002 to promote the positive use of the horse for the benefit of the general public and the equestrian sport as a whole. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes includes Lynn Coakley, President, Jenny Belknap, Vice President, David Goodwin, Secretary-Treasurer, and members, Margaret Bondy, Julie Frank, Gray Fadden, Catherine Herman, Leslie Howard, Dr. Richard Mitchell, DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, James Newhouse, Allan Shore, Jr., Andrea Stimmel, and George N. Venizelos.

In just four years, EQUUS has awarded over $600,000 in grants, benefiting thousands of horses and people, thanks to the generosity of its many individual and corporate donors. The EQUUS Foundation raises funds for grant awards almost entirely from two special events.

The first event, The EQUUS Equestrian Idol Talent Show & Bash, will be held during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, on Saturday evening, February 17, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.

The second event, The EQUUS Benefit Luncheon & Silent Auction on Saturday, June 30, 2007, will be held in conjunction with the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix, the culminating event of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut.

In 2007, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., will award grants to 37 charitable organizations:

Public Welfare: Charities, schools, camps and other organizations that benefit the public therapeutically and recreationally using horses to help individuals of all ages, especially children, with physical, mental & emotional disabilities, life threatening or chronic illnesses, and "at-risk" and emotionally troubled or economically disadvantaged youth. They include: Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC), Buffalo, NY, http://www.ryegate.com/(click on BTRC), Camp for All, Houston, TX, http://www.campforall.org, City Slickers, Inc., Wolcott, CT, City to Saddle, Weston, MA, http://www.citytosaddle.org, Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program, Virginia Beach, VA, Garfield Park Academy, Willingboro, NJ, http://www.garfieldparkacademy.org, Giant Steps School & The American Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development, Southport, CT, http://www.giantstepsct.org, Green Chimneys Children's Services & School, Brewster, NY, http://www.greenchimneys.org,Heritage Schools, Provo, UT, http://www.heritagertc.org, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT, http://www.highhopestr.org,The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Inc., New Haven, CT, http://www.holeinthewallgang.org,Horses in the Hood, Tarzana, CA, www.horsesinthehood,org, Living Bridges International Inc., Glenyeare Equestrian Program, Lumberton, NJ, Navajo Preparatory School, Inc., Farmington, NM, New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc., New Canaan, CT, http://www.newcanaanmountedtroop.org, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Stamford, CT, http://www.pegasustr.org, Riding For Reading, Burbank, CA, http://www.ridingforreading.org, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Loxahatchee, FL, We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, http://www.wewillrideinc.com, Work To Ride, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, http://www.worktoride.net.

Horse Welfare: Charities that promote the health and welfare of horses through rescue and rehabilitation as well as veterinary research, include: AAEP Foundation, inc., Lexington, KY, http://www.aaepfoundation.org, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), New York, NY, http://www.aspca.org, Bridgeport Police Mounted Unit, Bridgeport, CT, http://www.bridgeport.ct.us, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD, http://www.defhr.org, Equine Orthopaedic Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, http://www.csuequineortho.com, HEART Equine Ambulance, Bonita Springs, FL, http://www.equineambulance.com, Hope for Horses, Woodinville, WA, http://www.hopeforhorses.net, H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, Inc., Washington, CT, http://www.horseofct.org, Last Chance Ranch, Inc. Equine Rescue, Quakertown, PA, http://www.lastchanceranch.org, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Boston, MA, http://www.mspca.org.

Equestrian Sport: Charities that benefit the equestrian sport by offering scholarships and grants to support the competition, training, educational and economic needs of equestrians. They include: The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc., West Boylston, MA, http://www.ahjf.org, Equestrian Aid Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, http://www.equestrianaidsfoundation.org, Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation, Inc. (IEF), Fairfield, CT, http://www.ihsainc.com, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., Emerson Burr Horsemanship Fund, Lexington, KY, http://www.usef.org, United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Inc., Gladstone, NJ, http://www.uset.org.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the website, http://www.equusfoundation.org or contact EQUUS at (203) 259-1550 or via e-mail at equusfoundation@aol.com.

PHOTO. Borat & Irina Patterson, “Russian Queen of Balloons”. Photo courtesy of Irina Patterson, http://mylifeandart.typepad.com/


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