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EQUUS Deal or No Deal Offers An Entertaining Break from the Intense Year-End Competition at Syracuse

WESTPORT, CT - November 5, 2008-Over 140 riders and their families, and members of the Board of Directors of the National Horse Show attended The EQUUS Foundation "Deal or No Deal" event at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament and National Horse Show on Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Oncenter Ballroom. Hosted by Bates Saddles, the event featured many of the top junior riders competing in the coveted Maclay finals as the Deal or No Deal Suitcase Models.

Alexa Anthony, Carly Anthony, Anna Becker, Sophie Benjamin, Alexandra Biederman, Victoria Birdsall, Molly Braswell, Olivia Clancy, Carolyn Curcio, Annie Davidson, Tina Dilandri, Christy DiStefano, Brian Feigus, Julianna Fischer, Navona Gallegos, Samantha Harrison, Amber Henter, Caitlyn Hope, Johanna Hyyppa, Olivia Jack, Reed Kessler, Christina Lin, Emma Lipman, Jacqueline Lubrano, Kimberly McCormack, Matthew Metell, Michelle Morris, Chelsea Moss, Jocelyn Neff, Catherine Pasmore, Nina Pola, Julie Richardson, Samantha Schaefer, Jessica Springsteen, Katherine Stewart, Catie Verano, Lauren Vogel and Shelby Wakeman were among the models.

Guests enjoyed a casual reception, a silent auction, a delicious buffet dinner geared to the equestrian audience, and a Halloween audio/visual show before being summoned by Ringmaster John E. Franzreb III to sit back and enjoy the take-off on the well known TV show. Suitcase sponsors included Patricia Adikes-Hill, Eleanor Bright, Burr Associates, Karen Healey Stables, Cassie Herman, The Hope Family, Suzanne Marquand and The Springsteen Family.

Beryl Ita of Bates Saddles, the event host, joined Mason Phelps Jr. serving as emcee at the podium to select the two contestants. The grand prize was $5,000. First up was Fred Bauer - who after much deliberation and urging from his three rooters, and with the $5,000 suitcase out of the running, made a deal for a $250 Gift Certificate donated by Bevals Saddlery.

Other offerings included a Next Generation Bates Elevation Saddle, a Sabrina Bag in Espresso by Coach, the ORIGINS "Be Gingerous" Deluxe Ginger Collection, a Course Walk with a Grand Prix Rider and some fabulous items donated by the Callari Auto Group in Fairfield County, Connecticut - BMW of Darien, MINI of Fairfield County, and Volvo of Westport, including BMW Cruise Bike and BMW M6 Convertible Kids' Car.

Dan Silverstone was up next and could not resist the offer of the BMW Cruise Bike after the case containing the $5,000 prize was out of contention.

"We are a young organization and are still working to raise awareness of our mission within the equestrian community", said Jenny Belknap, Chair of The EQUUS Foundation, who, along with Catherine Herman, Vice Chair and Chair of Fundraising, were on hand for the event and expressed their gratitude to the Board of Directors of both the National Horse Show and the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament for their tremendous support.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. awarded over $300,000 in 2008 to 50 charities involved in equestrian and equine activities, bringing the total awards to $1.1 million since 2003. The awards were made possible almost entirely from donations from EQUUS events. The EQUUS Foundation sponsors entertaining events each year to give something back to donors who give so generously.

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


The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) grant giving foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the award of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, Pamela Allardice, Margaret Bondy, Flavia Callari, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Julie Frank, Richard Mitchell DVM, James Newhouse, Clea Newman Soderlund, George N. Venizelos, and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.1 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Save The Dates:

EQUUS Equestrian Idol, Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington, FL, on Friday, February 6, 2009

EQUUS Grand Prix Luncheon, Fairfield County Hunt Club, Westport, CT on Saturday, June 20, 2009

PHOTO: Ringmaster John E. Franzreb III signals junior rider models from across the country to root on contestant Fred Bauer at The EQUUS Foundation Deal or No Deal event with emcee Mason Phelps Jr. on Halloween, October 31, 2008, at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament and National Horse Show. Photos courtesy of Reflections Photography.


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