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EQUUS Selected as Fairfield June Horse Show Beneficiary

WESTPORT, CT - February 23, 2008 - Over 100 members of the Fairfield County Hunt Club have joined the Fairfield County June Benefit Horse Show Committee to support of The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., following the announcement by Tom Keim, Club President, that EQUUS has been selected as the show's beneficiary.

"The Fairfield County Hunt Club has again designated the EQUUS Foundation as our June Benefit Horse Show charity. We are pleased to work with a charity that makes such great contributions to the equestrian world. This is the fifth year that we've partnered with the EQUUS Foundation on this world class event, which has become one of the premiere horse shows in the country", said Tom Keim.

Chairing the 2008 Committee are Catherine Herman of Westport and Claire Sussman of Southport, who are joined by Executive Committee members Alison Ashman and Margaret Holzhacker of Fairfield, Margie Bondy of Wilton, Elaine Campbell, Lynn Coakley and Louise Keim of Westport, Priscilla Cornell of Greenwich, and Berkeley Soper of Southport.

Participation is community-wide for the show which is open to the public and offers daily special events, shopping, and equestrian competitions for all ages. Westport and Weston committee members include Edie Anderson, Susan Barnet, Benedicte Berg, Beth Berger, Fran Bresnan, Beth Burns, Vanessa Caccamise, Melissa Ceriale, Candace Coberly, Elizabeth Crossfield, Catherine & Dave DeVoe, Maguy Doyle, Sylvia Durno, Vida Florian, Maureen Fontana, Sheila Goetzmann, Beth Gralnick, Jane Henderson, Dana Kligerman, Dana Lipman, Jane Mastrianni, Sally McDermott, Ariane Mermod Schreiner, Nancy & Chris Monahan, Jill Mullen, Jennifer O'Brien, Jane Orlin, Susan Parsons, Letty Patino, Kim Penwell, Jill Petterson, Jenny Richter, Susan Fleming, Susan Shafer, Jaclyn Sharp, Carol Shea, Jill Silver, Cathy Talmadge, Cori Trudeau, Leslie Wolf, Mary Youngling, and Vivian Zapfel.

Fairfield and Southport members include Krista Alecia, JoAnn Alexander, Ellie & Juan Carlos Carrera, Susan Craft, Virginia de Boer, Kaye Doyle, Elizabeth Fath, Debbie Fattibene, Kimberly Fawcett, Liz Flavin, Pina Fontana, Catherine Friedline, Angela Graham, Corinne Guilian, Barbara Harbach, Sean Hogan, JoAnne Janson, Joann Koebbe, Dottie Lay, Tracy Lennon, Kristen McDonald, Kate Melnick, Jo Anna Morris, Jane Neal, Mandy Noschese, Deb Placey, Dorothy Porter, Beth Rhame, Kathy Rudkin, Nancy Sargent, Sharon Schendel, Bevo Tarika, Sarah Tierney, Pam Toner, Carolyn Tormey, and Vicki Wohl.

The committee also includes Judy Nielsen and Cynthia Yowan of Darien, Aili diBonaventura, Millie Foote and Durelle Green of Easton, Cheryl Bundy, Brenda Tananbaum and Tracy Thomson of Norwalk, Jill Mastoloni-Furno and Debbie Ward of Greenwich, Jill Stern of Monroe, Rachel Florio of Redding, and Martha Rendeiro of Wilton. New York based members include Peggy & Tom Belden, Susan Clatworthy, Marianne Guadiana, Alexis Lasser, and Coke Ann Wilcox.

The Club's "AA-rated" June Benefit Horse Show will be held June 24-28, 2008 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 84th 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 26, 2008 and a $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 28, 2008. The EQUUS Annual Benefit Luncheon is held in conjunction with the show's premier show jumping event, the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix. Guests attending the Benefit Luncheon 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.

All class sponsorships directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., (http://www.equusfoundation.org) a 501(c) (3) public charity, 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.

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, 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) public charity, 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 who are responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap, Chairman, Lynn Coakley, President, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Margaret Bondy, Flavia Callari, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Julie Frank, Leslie Howard, Richard Mitchell DVM, James Newhouse, Clea Newman Soderlund, Allan Shore, Jr., 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 $850,000 in grants have been awarded in five years, with $250,000 awarded in 2007.

Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., is located at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880 - Tele: (203-259-1550 - equusfoundation@aol.com - http://www.equusfoundation.org

PHOTO CREDIT: Committee gears up for Fairfield Show to benefit The EQUUS Foundation. Bottom Row (Left to Right) Lynn Coakley, Claire Sussman, Catherine Herman, Cori Trudeau, Benedicte Berg, Bevo Tarika, and Berkeley Soper. Top Row (Left to Right) Catherine Friedline, Pam Toner, Margie Bondy, Susan Barnet, Kim Fawcett, and Catherine DeVoe. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.


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