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Epson Piereville & Sharn Wordley Claim Victory at the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix

WESTPORT, CT - July 6, 2007 - Urged on hundreds of spectators and over 450 guests at the EQUUS Benefit Grand Prix Luncheon, Sharn Wordley aboard Epson Pierevile claimed the top honors at the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 30, 2007, the culminating event of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut. Split seconds behind Wordley's time was Libby McKinney on Gun Du Desfi. Margaret Preston representing The Private Bank of Bank of America was on hand to present the well-earned blue ribbon, along with Flavia Callari representing The Callari Auto Group, who presented The Callari Cup.

Guests at the EQUUS Luncheon enjoyed a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet while watching 26 talented riders and horses performing at the highest level of competition. Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, including the Presenting Sponsor of the Grand Prix, The Private Bank of Bank of America, The Callari Auto Group, George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities, Fairfield Equine Associates, Chopard, Coca Cola North America, Evergreen Investments Funds, Hospital for Special Surgery, Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers and Torys LLP, over $200,000 was raised at the event.

"We are indebted to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for allowing EQUUS to be its endorsed charity and to the hundreds of individuals and corporations who made donations this year. We are especially grateful to Horse Show Co-Chair and EQUUS Board Member Margie Bondy and EQUUS Board Member George N. Venizelos who were, almost single-handedly, responsible for the fundraising effort. Special thanks is also due to Horse Show Co-Chairs, Tom Belden and Millie Foote", said Lynn Coakley, President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, email equusfoundation@aol.com, or visit us at http://www.equusfoundation.org.


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: Epson Piereville owned & ridden by Sharn Wordley, winner of the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix presented by The Private Bank of Bank of America and The Callari Cup donated by The Callari Auto Group. From left to right: John E. Franzreb III, Flavia Callari, Margaret Preston, Tom Belden, Millie Foote, Margie Bondy, and Lynn Coakley.


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