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Honoring the Magic and Power of Horses

The EQUUS Foundation Awards $250,000 in Grants for 2007

WESTPORT, CT - September 26, 2007 - The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., an outreach organization which promotes the positive use of the horse by supporting projects initiated by nonprofit organizations, recently awarded over $250,000 in grants to 37 charities.

In just five years since its establishment, EQUUS has awarded over $850,000 in grants to fund projects in three focal areas:

those that depend on horses therapeutically to help people - especially children - with life-threatening illness; with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities; or who are at-risk of succumbing to a life of violence; horses achieve, in many cases, what people and other animals have not been able to achieve.

Those that promote the health and welfare of the horse through veterinary research, rescue and rehabilitation; and those that elevate the equestrian sport as a whole by offering relief to equestrians in need and scholarships and grants to support the competition, training, and educational needs of equestrians.

Lynn Coakley, EQUUS President, said, "Horse Power" aptly conveys the EQUUS mission. We want to raise public awareness of the power and value of the horse in today's society - athletically as demonstrated in the unique and brilliant sport where men and women teamed with their equine partners compete against each other equally, and age often defies youth - and therapeutically in the magical way horses empower and heal those who care and ride these beautiful animals - whether they come from a privileged background or a disadvantaged one. We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of individuals and organizations that donated to EQUUS in 2007."

"Horse Power - Helping Horses, Horses Helping People" guides the fundraising efforts of the Foundation consisting of two events it sponsors annually in February at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and in June at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, and plans to expand the fundraising effort in the near future.

Corporate sponsors at the recent Connecticut event included The Private Bank of Bank of America, The Callari Auto Group - BMW of Darien - Mini of Fairfield County - Volvo of Westport, The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), George N. Venizelos & Wachovia Securities, Fairfield Equine Associates, Chopard, Coca-Cola North America, Evergreen Investments Funds, Hospital for Special Surgery, Newhouse Financial & Insurance Brokers, Torys LLP; Ascendant Energy, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Cocoa Michelle, The David Austin Collection, Delamar Greenwich Harbor & The Southport Village Inn, Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC, The Higgins Group, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., New York Sports Club, Whole Foods Market.

The charities receiving grants in 2007 include:

Public Welfare: 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: 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: 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.

The deadline for the 2008 Grant Program is May 1, 2008 with 2008 Grant Awards in August 2008. The Grant Application can be downloaded from the website at http://www.equusfoundation.org.

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.

PHOTO: Scot Evans, President, Equestrian Aid Foundation, Inc., one of the 37 2007 EQUUS Grant Recipients, and Lynn Coakley, President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Sinenberg.


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