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EQUUS Foundation Selected as Beneficiary of 2007 Fairfield County June Benefit Horse Show

WESTPORT, CT – April 2, 2007 - The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., has been selected by the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, to be the beneficiary of its June Benefit Horse Show.

"The Fairfield County Hunt Club is pleased to again designate the EQUUS Foundation as the charity for the June Horse Show. This is our fourth year of partnering with the EQUUS Foundation on this premiere event, which has grown into one of the top horse shows in the country. The contributions that EQUUS makes to the equestrian world as well as to the success of the show itself will continue to grow as a result of this partnership", said Tom Keim, President of the Fairfield County Hunt Club.

The Club’s “AA-rated” June Benefit Horse Show will be held June 26-30, 2007 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 83rd 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 28, 2007 and a $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 30, 2007.

Several events and all class sponsorships directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., (http://www.equusfoundation.org) an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) non-profit fund raising organization, founded in August 2002 whose mission is to 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.

New to the show’s event schedule is the EQUUS Fashion Show and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 27, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring fashions from Snappy Gator, The Winged Monkey and The Lollipop Guild.

The EQUUS Annual Benefit Luncheon on Saturday, June 30, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., is held in conjunction with the show’s premier show jumping event, the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix. Guests attending the Benefit Luncheon & Silent Auction will enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet and will have the opportunity to watch the Grand Prix up close and personal under a pristine white Century tent overlooking the Club’s field that has been transformed into a picturesque, yet challenging Grand Prix Course.

There are activities for everyone all week long - with Happy Hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday offering complimentary wine and cheese for show participants and Club members. New this year is the "Paddock Boutique" featuring a variety of merchants offering gourmet chocolates, specialty coffees, antiques, art, clothing and accessories.

One of the most unique exhibitor friendly features of the show is the Exhibitor Barbecue sponsored by The Callari Auto Group and complimentary to all exhibitors, owners, trainers, and attendants. The barbecue, which follows the $10,000 Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Classic, will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. and will feature two live bands, The Miller River Band and The Chaperones, and the MINI “Best in Show” class sponsored by MINI of Fairfield County.

The EQUUS Foundation is grateful to all its sponsors and donors who give so generously. Corporate sponsors include The Private Bank of Bank of America , presenting sponsor of the $25,000 Grand Prix, Gold Medal Sponsors -The Callari Auto Group [BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County Volvo of Westport], Fairfield Equine Associates & George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities, Silver Medal Sponsors - Coca Cola, Mr. & Mrs. James Newhouse & Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers and Bronze Medal Sponsors - Margaret Bondy Interiors, Cocoa Michelle, The Higgins Group, & Barbara C. Manion, O.D.

In order to raise funds, The EQUUS Foundation is seeking individuals and businesses to assist with their gracious generosity, either through cash donations, in-kind donations, auction donations or sponsorships. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.



FAIRFIELD COUNTY HUNT CLUB JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW EVENTS TO BENEFIT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION

UNDERWRITING & CLASS SPONSORS:

All classes at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show are available for sponsorship. Underwriting opportunities are also available. Contact Lynn Coakley at 203-259-1550 or via email at equusfoundation@aol.com.

CORPORATE SPONSORS:

Winner’s Circle Sponsors: The Private Bank of Bank of America

Gold Medal Sponsors: The Callari Auto Group [BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County Volvo of Westport], Fairfield Equine Associates, George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities

Silver Medal Sponsors: Coca Cola, Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers

Bronze Medal Sponsors: Margaret Bondy Interiors, Cocoa Michelle, The Higgins Group, Barbara C. Manion, O.D.

Presenting Sponsor: $10,000 Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Class, Thursday, June 28, 2007: Julie & Daniel Frank.

Sponsor: Exhibitor Barbecue & Best in Show MINI Class on Thursday, June 28, 2007: The Callari Auto Group [BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County Volvo of Westport]

Presenting Sponsor: $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 30, 2007: The Private Bank of Bank of America

EQUUS BENEFIT LUNCHEON, SILENT AUCTION & GRAND PRIX

WHAT: The EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon is held in conjunction with the $25,000 Grand Prix of the Fairfield County June Benefit Horse Show, the culminating event of the five-day horse show. Set under a pristine white Century tent overlooking the Club’s polo field, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet during the luncheon, which takes place immediately prior to the Grand Prix. The Club’s field is transformed into a picturesque, yet challenging Grand Prix Course, showcasing talented riders with national and regional reputations and horses performing at the highest level of competition.

WHERE: Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show Hospitality Tent, The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 2007; 11:30 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.; Grand Prix starts at 1:30 p.m.

VIP SEATING:

*Winner’s Circle Sponsor: $10,000, to include one front row center table of ten guests, and an additional table of ten guests in a premium location.

*Gold Medal Sponsor: $5,000, to include one front row center table of ten guests.

*Silver Medal Sponsor: $2,500, to include one table of ten guests in a premium location.

*Bronze Medal Sponsor: $1,500, to include preferential seating for six guests.

Grand Champion Sponsor: $1,000, to include preferential seating for four guests.

Champion Sponsor: $500, to include preferential seating for two guests.

*Winner’s Circle and Medal Corporate Sponsors receive significant additional benefits.

OPEN SEATING: $250 per seat.



EQUUS FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON

WHAT: The EQUUS Fashion Show & Luncheon featuring a champagne reception, luncheon buffet and fashion show with fashions by Snappy Gator, The Winged Monkey, and The Lollipop Guild.

WHERE: Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show Hospitality Tent, The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2007; 11:30 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.; Fashion Show at 1:00 p.m.

SEATING: $65 per seat; $650 per ten-seat table.

For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, or Email to: equusfoundation@aol.com.

ABOUT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION, INC.

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: Lynn Coakley, President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., and Thomas R. Keim, President, Fairfield County Hunt Club, Inc., with Cas Coin with attendant, Ivis Merino

 

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