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Upcoming Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show Features Top Notch Show Jumping and Many Extras

WESTPORT, CT - June 11, 2009 - Now in its 85th year, the upcoming Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, June 16-20, 2009, will feature hundreds of riders of all ages competing in 200 classes over the course of the five-day show, culminating with the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 20th, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos. But that's not all - the show, held on the grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, is open to the public, with no admission fees, and offers many activities for the entire community to enjoy.

Between classes, spectators can peruse and shop at many boutiques open at 10 am daily - Adele's Equestrian Gifts & Turtle Bay Jewelry (http://www.adelesequestriangifts.com), equestrian-themed gifts, home decor items, clothing, and paper products; Alessandro Albanese (http://www.alessandroalbanese.com), custom made riding jackets, Italian made riding clothes, custom horsehair jewelry; Briar Hill Signworks (http://www.briarhillsignworks.com), custom carved wooden gold leaf signs; Catch All Gifts linens for bad, bath and tabletops; Dubarry of Ireland (http://www.dubarry.us), boots, shoes, and tweed and suede clothing collection; EQUUS Entries Jewelry (http://www.equusentries.com), jewelry - Equestrian Designs by R. Joseph Caggiano; Flowers By Marna (http://www.flowersbymarna.com), floral arrangements, animal, horse and other topiaries, and plants; Palm Classic Apparel (http://www.palmclassicapparel.com), clothing and accessories; Parlanti (http://www.parlanti.com), custom boots and chaps; Jim Dratfield's Petography (http://www.petography.com), books, stationary, fine art photo commissions; Ponymom Designs (http://www.ponymom.com), needlepoint buckles and jewelry; PucciManuli (http://www.puccimanuli.com), finely crafted toys, games & playthings for children of all ages, featuring Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses; R.F. Steelwerks welded steel garden ornaments and sculptures; R.U. Swanky? (http://www.swankybelts.com), "Jewelry for the Waist" - belts and belt buckles hand made with semi-precious stones. Also lariat necklaces and leather jewelry; and Snappy Gator (http://www.snappygator.com), clothing and accessories.

Vendors providing horse-related products and services include: Agriventures Agway (http://www.agwayct.com); Bevals Saddlery Ltd. (http://www.beval.com), Equalign Chiropractic Systems (http://www.equalign.com); The Paddock Tack Shop (http://www.thepaddockinc.com); and Reflections Photography.

The Club operates a full service food and beverage concession offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks - with specialty coffees and drinks provided by The Coffee Connection.

The show benefits The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation that 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 EQUUS Foundation will also operate a boutique throughout the week and a silent auction at its Saturday Luncheon held in conjunction with the Grand Prix. Many local retail outlets have donated items, including the Connecticut School of Music, THE GOODY SHOP, Greens Farms Spirit Shop, J. Pocker & Son, Barbara Manion, O.D., Osianna Tavern, Palace Rugs of Wilton, Pickets - An English Garden Shop, Ridgefield Pet Shop, Silver of Westport, Inc., Total Look Salons, Trek Bicycle Store and Westchester Classic Cars & Coachwork Ltd.

Some of the most unique items include: a private tour of the "Gossip Girls" set from Warner Brothers Television; golf outings at Woodway Country Club in Darien with host Roger Tarika or the Fishers Island Club with host Richard Guest; a private tour at the American Museum of Natural History; two season tickets to the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and a weekend stay on Kiawah Island and VIP Pass to the city of Charleston's Highlights.

The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors will be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions, including Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos, presenting sponsor of the $25,000 Grand Prix, BMW of Bridgeport, Official Car Sponsor, Fairfield Equine Associates, Newman's Own Foundation, Hi-Ho Petroleum, Coca-Cola Company, Hospital for Special Surgery, Agriventures Agway, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Gary Goldberg Financial Services and 95.9 The Fox Classic Rock & The New 96.7 The Coast, Official Radio Sponsor.

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.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY HUNT CLUB JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW

WHAT:

Nominated as one of the ten most unique shows in the country by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show is one of the country's oldest horse shows - with an 85-year heritage in the local and equestrian community. The horse show week offers national & local level competitions for participants of all ages as well as unique activities all week long.

WHERE:

The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - Saturday, June 20, 2009.

HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.

EVENT COMMITTEE:

Co-Chairs: Claire Cassidy and Catherine Herman; Executive Committee: Alison Ashman, Margie Bondy, Elaine Campbell, Melissa Ceriale, Lynn Coakley, Priscilla Cornell, Silvia Durno, Margaret Holzhacker, Louise Keim, Kevin Noschese, Berkeley Soper, Bevo Tarika, and Nancy Zylstra.

CORPORATE SPONSORS:

Grand Prix Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors & George N. Venizelos

Official Car Sponsor: BMW of Bridgeport

Official Radio Sponsor: 95.9 The Fox Classic Rock & The New 96.7 The Coast

Gold Medal Sponsors: Fairfield Equine Associates and The Newman's Own Foundation

Silver Medal Sponsors: The Coca Cola Company, Hi-Ho Petroleum, and the Hospital for Special Surgery

Bronze Medal Sponsors: Agriventures Agway, Margaret Bondy Interiors, and Gary Goldberg Financial Services

CONTACT:

Lynn Coakley, 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: Opening Ceremonies, Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show with Ringmaster John E. Franzreb III. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

 

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