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Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards Program will be at the Fairfield County Hunt Club

USEF Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards Program will be at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Horse Show, June 26-30

WESTPORT, CT – April 9, 2007 – The United States Equestrian Federation will again conduct its Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards Program at The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show on June 26-30, 2007, in Westport, Connecticut. One of the premier equestrian events in the country, the Fairfield June Horse Show benefits The EQUUS Foundation.

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards program was created in 2002 by friends and family of the late Emerson Burr to promote and perpetuate good horsemanship in younger equestrians. The awards competition had been held solely at the USEF Pony Final National Championships until 2006, when the program was expanded to include the Fairfield June Show.

Emerson Burr was stable manager at the Fairfield County Hunt Club for over 50 years. Those who knew Emerson knew that horsemanship always came first. 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. Awarded the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, he was an outstanding equestrian, whose lifetime experiences and accomplishments exemplified uncommon devotion to the sport and whose equestrian career and horsemanship continually elevated the sport’s excellence.

Junior riders exhibiting in either the Pony Hunter or Children Hunter Pony Divisions at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show are eligible to participate. Each child who participates will take a written test, then the four children in each of the four age groups who score the highest on the written test then move on to the hands-on Horsemanship Test. The best child in each age group will receive a monetary grant for furthering their education or offsetting equestrian-related costs.

The program will be administered by Lauren E. Chapman, Assistant Director of Hunters and Jumpers at the U.S. Equestrian Federation as part of the USEF Outreach Program. She will be assisted by show committee volunteer, Deborah Ward. The written testing will be held from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, in the Hospitality Tent. The time and location of the hands-on Horsemanship Test will be announced. The awards presentation will take place immediately after the conclusion of the $1,000 Emerson Burr Pony Hunter Classic on Friday, June 29.

The USEF Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards Program is one of 37 charitable organizations that will receive grants in 2007 from The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit fund raising organization, 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. EQUUS also funds numerous therapeutic riding programs, including such local programs as Pegasus and We Will Ride, Inc. in Ridgefield, Conn. 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 will host activities throughout the show, culminating with a gala Benefit Luncheon and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 30, 2007, taking place during the exciting $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix, the final event of the five-day horse show. The EQUUS Foundation is seeking individuals and businesses to assist with their gracious generosity, either through cash donations, in-kind donations, auction donations or sponsorships. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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

FAIRFIELD COUNTY HUNT CLUB JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW EVENTS

TO BENEFIT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION

UNDERWRITING & CLASS SPONSORS:

All classes at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show are available for sponsorship. Underwriting opportunities are also available.

CORPORATE & PRESENTING SPONSORS:

Winner’s Circle Sponsors: The Private Bank of Bank of America

Gold Medal Sponsors: The Callari Auto Group - BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County - Volvo of Westport, Fairfield Equine Associates, George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities

Silver Medal Sponsors: Coca Cola, Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers

Bronze Medal Sponsors: Margaret Bondy Interiors, Cocoa Michelle, The Higgins Group, Barbara C. Manion, O.D.

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.

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

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.



PHOTO: Emerson Burr with Cody Auer, Alexa Weeks, and Whitney Weeks. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

 

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