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The EQUUS Foundation Selected as Fairfield County Hunt Club June Horse Show Beneficiary

WESTPORT, CT - April 6, 2009 -- The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show Committee is gearing up for its annual "AA-Rated" horse show to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. to be held June 16-20, 2009 in Westport, Connecticut.

"We are pleased to support The EQUUS Foundation in their mission to raise public awareness of the value of the horse not just in the competitive arena but in our every day lives", said Charles Zylstra, Club President. "We have been hard at work to make the horse show both exhibitor and spectator friendly by improving the footing on our polo field where most of the competition takes place and revamping course designs to make the competitions more challenging than they have ever been in the past for exhibitors and offering special events and boutiques throughout the five-day show for spectators."

The show, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held on the Fairfield County Hunt Club grounds in Westport, Connecticut, a landmark in Fairfield County since its establishment in 1923 and a unique private club that welcomes members of the community with equestrian interests to join its riding program.

The annual show, now in its 85th year, attracts the best and the brightest among the professional, amateur, and junior equestrian ranks, and features a $10,000 Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Classic on Thursday, June 18, 2009 and a $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 20, 2009, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos. Guests attending the EQUUS Benefit Luncheon held in conjunction with the show's premier show jumping event on Saturday will enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet and will have the opportunity to watch world class riders and horses navigating over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds.

Chairing the 2009 Committee are Claire Cassidy of Southport and Catherine Herman of Weston who are joined by Executive Committee members Alison Ashman, Kimberly Fawcett, Margaret Holzhacker, Kevin Noschese and Bevo Tarika of Fairfield; Priscilla Cornell of Greenwich, Berkeley Soper and Nancy Zylstra of Southport, Elaine Campbell, Melissa Ceriale, Lynn Coakley and Louise Keim of Westport, and Margie Bondy of Wilton.

Participation is community-wide for the show. Westport and Weston committee members include Edie Anderson, Susan Barnet, Benedicte Berg, Beth Berger, Tracy Betar, Fran Bresnan, Beth Burns, Vanessa Caccamise, Jayne Clark, Candace Coberly, Elizabeth Crossfield, Catherine DeVoe, Maguy Doyle, Silvia Durno, Carole Erger-Fass, Jane Fitzgerald, Susan Fleming, Vida Florian, Jeannine Flower, Maureen Fontana, Sheila Goetzmann, Beth Gralnick, Joan Halpin, Juliet Harker, Joanne Klouda, Celia Lieberman, Nancy & Chris Monahan, Jill Mullen, Jennifer O'Brien, Jane Orlin, Susan Parsons, Kim Penwell, Jill Petterson, Lisa Platt, Jenny Richter, Karla Roof, Ariane Mermod Schreiner, Susan Shafer, Jaclyn Sharp, Carol Shea, Wendy Silverstein, Ann Stratton, Cori Trudeau, Cole Ann Wilcox and Mary Youngling.

Fairfield and Southport members include Krista Alecia, JoAnn Alexander, Claire Bailey, Linda Bernstein, Ellie & Juan Carlos Carrera, Kaye Doyle, Elizabeth Fath, Debbie Fattibene, Liz Flavin, Pina Fontana, Catherine Friedline, Beverly Goldberg, Angela Graham, Kendra Guilfoile, Corinne Guilian, Barbara Harbach, Sean Hogan, Joann Koebbe, Dottie Lay, Tracy Lennon, Kristen McDonald, Mary Jo McGonagle, Kate Melnick, Jo Anna Morris, Kimberly Murphy, Jane Neal, Mandy Noschese, Letty Patino, Deb Placey, Virginia Pursche, Beth Rhame, Nancy Sargent, Sharon Schendel, Loise Schweizer, Danielle Sharp, Sarah Tierney, Pam Toner, Carolyn Tormey, Betsy Welke, and Vicki Wohl.

The committee also includes members from the surrounding Fairfield County towns: Judy Nielsen and Cynthia Yowan of Darien, Aili diBonaventura and Durelle Green of Easton, Martha Rendeiro of Wilton, Debbie Ward of Greenwich, Brenda Tananbaum of Norwalk, and Rachel Florio of Redding. New Tork based members include Peggy & Tom Belden, Susan Clatworthy, Ann Coley, Marianne Guadiana, Alexis Lasser and Cheryl Bundy as well as Palm Beach resident, Mary Simses.

All horse show class sponsorships directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) national charitable foundation, founded in August 2002 whose mission is to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the award grants to charities that use the horse for the benefit of the general public, promote the health and welfare of the horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole. The Foundation awarded over $300,000 in grants to 50 charities in 2008, bringing the total to over $1.1 million in grants since the first awards in 2003.

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



About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable 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 $300,000 in grants were awarded to 50 charities in 2008, bringing the total to over $1.1 million in grants since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203-259-1550, equus@equusfoundation.org, http://www.equusfoundation.org.



PHOTO: Top Row: Elaine Campbell, Margaret Holzhacker, Allison Ashman, and Silvia Durno. Bottom Row: Catherine Herman, Berkeley Soper, Margie Bondy, and Susan Barnet. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation. Larger version available at phelpsmediagroup.com.

 

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