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Exhibitor Barbecue Plus "Best in Show" Contest at the Fairfield County June Horse Show

The Callari Auto Group will host the Exhibitor Barbecue plus the MINI Cooper "Best in Show" Contest at the June 26-30 Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show

WESTPORT, CT - June 16, 2007 - More than 750 riders have already signed up to compete in 200 classes over the course of the five-day Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, June 26-30, 2007 on the grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut. The show is open to the public with no admission fees.

On Thursday, June 28, the Callari Auto Group will host the Exhibitor Barbecue and MINI Cooper "Best in Show" Contest at 5:30 p.m. While the event is complimentary to show exhibitors, tickets are well worth the cost at $15 per person. It promises to be a rocking evening with two live bands - The Miller River Band and The Chaperones, "Open Mic" performances (Are you the next idol?), and a delicious buffet including an Argentinian Beef Mixed Grill and Seafood Paella.. Guests will also judge the MINI Best in Show Contest - an MINI rally and exhibition sponsored by MINI of Fairfield County. The barbecue follows the $10,000 Amateur Owner/Junior Jumper Classic starting at 4:00 p.m. where young Olympic hopefuls will compete in an exciting show jumping competition.

In addition to the Thursday Barbecue, activities have been planned for each day of the show - with the Paddock Boutique open daily - allowing spectators and exhibitors to take a break from the action. Catch All Personalized Gifts, Cocoa Michelle, Etcetera, Lollipop Guild, Fiona Mittag & M & F Antique Prints, Rawlings Antiques, Reflections Photography, Snappy Gator, Wild Horses Ltd., and Winged Monkey will operate boutiques, offering something for everyone.

On Tuesday, June 26, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Foxes, Hunters, Cublets, and Cubs (the very young campers participating in the Fairfield County Hunt Club Day Camp) will participate in the Pony Pals program and have their first introduction to the "magic and wonder of horses".

Testing for The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards Competition will be held Wednesday-Thursday, June 27-28, 2007, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the Awards Presentation on Friday, June 29, after the Pony Hunter Classic. Open to juniors competing in the Children's Pony Hunter and Pony Hunter Divisions and sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the program was created in 2002 by the friends and family of Emerson Burr to promote and perpetuate good horsemanship in young equestrians. Emerson Burr was stable manager at the Fairfield County Hunt Club for over 50 years. The children he led to victories, the ponies he led with a gentle hand and the countless people whose lives he touched, can testify to the legend he created in his own time.

On Wednesday, June 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a Fashion Show along with a champagne toast and delicious buffet amidst the excitement of the horse show with Club members modeling fashions by The Snappy Gator, Lollipop Guild, and Winged Money. The event is open to the public at $65 per person to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. Another benefit for The EQUUS Foundation will be held later in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The junior equestrian committee of the Fairfield County Hunt Club will host a "Horseless Horse Show" on the clubhouse lawn. All you need is $1.00 to jump a course of obstacles that mimics an actual show jumping competition.

You can also take advantage of a unique complimentary demonstration - A Conversation with Companion Dogs - on Friday, June 29, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm by Philip Levine of Companion Dogs showing his innovative techniques for training well mannered and properly socialized dogs for both individuals and families. "You don't have to have special needs to have a special dog." Gentlemen may prefer kicking back for the Cigar & Malt Scotch Tasting Night on Friday, June 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with hand rolled cigars, a selection of premium malt scotches and gourmet hors d'oeuvres while experts discuss cigar rolling techniques and scotch distillation and production - a unique experience at $50 per person.

The culminating event will be the EQUUS Benefit Luncheon & $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix - on Saturday, June 30, from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Grand Prix starts at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. Luncheon seats are $250 per person to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors will also be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions. Corporate presenters will include The Private Bank of Bank of America, The Callari Auto Group - BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County - Volvo of Westport, The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities, Fairfield Equine Associates, Chopard, Coca-Cola North America, Evergreen Investments Funds, Hospital for Special Surgery, Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers, Torys LLP, Ascendant Energy, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Cocoa Michelle, The David Austin Collection, Delamar Greenwich Harbor & The Southport Village Inn, Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC, The Higgins Group, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., New York Sports Club, and Whole Foods Market.

For information about the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show and The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., call (203) 259-1550, or email equusfoundation@aol.com.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY HUNT CLUB JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW EVENTS TO BENEFIT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION

Nominated as one of the ten most unique shows in the country by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show is one of the country's oldest horse shows - with an 83-year heritage in the local and equestrian community. The horse show week offers national & local level competitions for participants of all ages as well as unique activities all week long.

The show benefits The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 2002, to raise public awareness of the value of horses in our society, and to raise funds for charitable organizations in the United States that depend on horses to achieve, in many cases, what people and other animals have not been able to achieve, those that promote horse welfare, and those that elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

CORPORATE & PRESENTING SPONSORS:

Winner's Circle Sponsors: The Private Bank of Bank of America, The Callari Auto Group - BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County - Volvo of Westport, The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities

Gold Medal Sponsors: Fairfield Equine Associates

Silver Medal Sponsors: Chopard, Coca-Cola North America, Evergreen Investments Funds, Hospital for Special Surgery, Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers, Torys LLP

Bronze Medal Sponsors: Ascendant Energy, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Cocoa Michelle, The David Austin Collection, Delamar Greenwich Harbor & The Southport Village Inn, Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC, The Higgins Group, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., New York Sports Club, Whole Foods Market.

Presenting Sponsor: $10,000 Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Class, Thursday, June 28, 2007: Julie & Daniel Frank.

Presenting Sponsor: $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 30, 2007: The Private Bank of Bank of America

Underwriting Sponsor: Exhibitor Barbecue & Best in Show MINI Class on Thursday, June 28, 2007: The Callari Auto Group -BMW of Darien, Mini of Fairfield County & Volvo of Westport.

Official Radio Sponsor: The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox)

FEATURED EQUUS EVENTS:

EQUUS BENEFIT LUNCHEON, SILENT AUCTION & GRAND PRIX

WHAT: The EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon is held in conjunction with the $25,000 Grand Prix of the Fairfield County June Benefit Horse Show, the culminating event of the five-day horse show. Set under a pristine white Century tent overlooking the Club's polo field, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet during the luncheon, which takes place immediately prior to the Grand Prix. The Club's field is transformed into a picturesque, yet challenging Grand Prix Course, showcasing talented riders with national and regional reputations and horses performing at the highest level of competition.

WHERE: Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show Hospitality Tent, The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 2007; 11:30 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.; Grand Prix starts at 1:30 p.m.

VIP SEATING:

*Winner's Circle Sponsor: $10,000, to include one front row center table of ten guests, and an additional table of ten guests in a premium location.

*Gold Medal Sponsor: $5,000, to include one front row center table of ten guests.

*Silver Medal Sponsor: $2,500, to include one table of ten guests in a premium location.

*Bronze Medal Sponsor: $1,500, to include preferential seating for six guests.

Grand Champion Sponsor: $1,000, to include preferential seating for four guests.

Champion Sponsor: $500, to include preferential seating for two guests.

*Winner's Circle and Medal Corporate Sponsors receive significant additional benefits.

OPEN SEATING: $250 per seat.

EQUUS FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON

WHAT: The EQUUS Fashion Show & Luncheon featuring a champagne reception, luncheon buffet and fashion show with fashions by Snappy Gator, The Winged Monkey, and The Lollipop Guild.

WHERE: Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show Hospitality Tent, The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2007; 11:30 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.; Fashion Show at 1:00 p.m.

SEATING: $65 per seat; $650 per ten-seat table.

For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, or Email to: equusfoundation@aol.com.

ABOUT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION, INC.

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 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, one held in February during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and the other in June at 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.thebtrc.com, 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.

 

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