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Join The Judges at the EQUUS Equestrian Idol Event on February 17, 2007

WELLINGTON, FL – February 12, 2007 – On Saturday evening, February 17, 2007, one of the most unique auction items will be the opportunity for one guest to join judges George Morris, Susie “Paula Abdul” Schoellkopf, Gene “Randy Jackson” Mische, and Mason “Simon Cowell” Phelps to select the top two finalists in the EQUUS Equestrian Idol competition.

The celebrity lineup also features Robert “Ryan Seacrest” Dover, who will be the Emcee and promises entertaining banter with the judges. The guests will ultimately be called upon to select the one and only Equestrian Idol, but for anyone who has ever competed in an equestrian event and wondered how judges narrow down the competitors, the opportunity may be yours if you are the highest bidder.

Seven performers – Taylor Blauweiss, Heather Caristo, Patricia Griffith, Leslie Howard, Brian Lookabill, Frank Madden, and Ki-Juan Minors – will be exhibiting their musical talents at the Equestrian Idol Talent Show to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. The event will be held in the Special Events Pavilion at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Guests will be greeted with cocktails hosted by Skyy Spirits, the balloon magic of Irina Patterson, and music by Tradewinds Music while perusing the many silent auction items. Skyy will feature its award-winning portfolio of luxury brands such as The Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch, Martin Miller’s Gin, Gran Centenario Tequila, Matusalem Rum, and its well-known Skyy Vodka. Visit http://www.skyy.com for information on the Skyy story.

Many of the vendors at the Winter Equestrian Festival have donated auction items including B & B Saddlery, Beval Saddlery Ltd., BLUE, Café Cheval, The Coffee Connection, The Cotton Patch, CWD, Fox Den Interiors & Gifts, HighEnd Designs LLC, Hunt Ltd., Kocher Tack Shop, Manolo Blahnik Paddock Boots & Equestrian Chic, The Mixed Bag, The Romantic Room, The Royal Boutique, Turner & Co., and Windsor Manor. The EQUUS Foundation extends its appreciation to these vendors and encourages its guests to patronize them as they justly deserve.

Aaron’s Catering of Wellington will cater the event, opening with a lavishly presented Antipasto Appetizer Bar, followed by a delectable array of dinner selections and closing with Gourmet Petit Fours served tableside.

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.

For additional information, or to make reservations for the event, 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 Equestrians – Taylor Blauweiss, Heather Caristo, Patricia Griffith, Brian Lookabill, Leslie Howard, Frank Madden, and Ki-Juan Minors, 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, 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.


$5,000 Gold Medal (Stage Center Front Row Table of six)

$2,500 Silver Medal (Stage Center Table of six)

$1,800 Bronze Medal (Stage Side Table of six)

OPEN SEATING: $175 per seat.


Phelps Media Group for donating a three-month publicity contract to the Equestrian Idol winner.

Skyy Spirits for hosting the cocktails

Stadium Jumping for donating the facilities.

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.


$5,000 Gold Medal: Susan Bloomberg, Bobbie Braun & Split Rock Farm, Mary & Mike Carpenter, Gray & Jerry Fadden, Sharon Haugh & Alexis Stein, Hiroko & Gregg Polle, and Don & Liz Russo

$2,500 Silver Medal: Eleanor Bright, Callari Auto Group, Jane Forbes Clark, Laura Gammino, Goshen Hill, Bob & Ellen Healey, Mr. & Mrs. Murray Kessler, Louisburg Farm, and Mimi Sternlicht.

$1,800 Bronze Medal: Bluhammock Music, Elizabeth Boylan, 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 & Mr. & Mrs. Steffen Wolff.

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

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, Sharon Haugh, 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, Liz & Don Russo, Richard Schechter, Mary & Dennis Shaughnessy, Jill & Allan Shore, Sharon & Roy Simpson, 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.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: Join The Judges - George Morris, Susie “Paula Abdul” Schoellkopf, Gene “Randy Jackson” Mische, and Mason “Simon Cowell” Phelps. Graphic courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.


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