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There's Something for Everyone at the June 24-28 Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show

WESTPORT, CT - June 18, 2008 - The upcoming Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, June 24-28, 2008, on the grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, is filled with activities for the entire community to enjoy. The show is open to the public with no admission fees and features more than 700 riders competing in 200 classes over the five days of the show.

The show benefits The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) grant giving 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.

Horse shows offer as much for spectators as the equestrians vying for the top honors, and the Fairfield show is no exception. Spectators and exhibitors can take a break from the action and browse through the shops in the Paddock Boutique featuring: Adele's Equestrian Gifts, Bobbie Braun, Catch All, EQUUS Entries, Georgetown Stable Outfitters, M&F Antique Prints, Palm Classic Apparel, Ponymom Designs, and The Snappy Gator, as well as vendors: Agriventures Agway, Beval Saddlery, Chestnut Hill Saddlery, The Coffee Connection and Reflections Photography.

The EQUUS Foundation will also operate a boutique throughout the week and a silent auction at its Saturday luncheon. Among the wonderful items: An outing on the waters of Greenwich donated by Barton & Gray Mariners Club; golf outings at Woodway Country Club in Darien with host Roger Tarika or the Fishers Island Club with host Richard Guest; get chauffeured in a 1959 Rolls Royce courtesy of David Goodwin; a week's vacation in Stratton; a weekend getaway in Cape Cod; a private tour at the American Museum of Natural History; two season subscriptions to the Stamford Symphony,; and a weekend at the Maidstone Arms in Easthampton.

Many local retail outlets have donated items, including Catch All, Greens Farms Spirit Shop, J. Pocker & Son, Palace Oriental Rug of Wilton, Pickets - An English Garden Shop, and Walpole Woodworkers. Clothing, jewelry and accessories have been donated by Bobbie Braun, Ponymom Designs, Silver of Westport, The Snappy Gator, Tiffany & Co., including Gucci sunglasses donated by Barbara Manion, O.D, and an Elliot Vance Carry Art Handbag. Gift certificates will be offered from Regency Limousine and local restaurants such as Gates Restaurant in New Canaan, River House Restaurant in Westport, and Osianna in Fairfield. Gift certificates for services from photographers, Ben Larrabee, Reflections Photography and Alison Wachstein will also be offered. You can pamper yourself with the gift certificate for a day at Peter Coppola Salon/Spa or take home the gift basket from Total Look Salons. Equestrian products have also been donated by Equifit and Dover Saddlery.

Special events will be held daily and include: "The Judge's View" on Monday with Walter Jimmy Lee offering an insight into how top horse show judges assess performance in the show ring; Pony Pals on Tuesday, a program for the Club's day camp; a Horseless Horse Show where children can jump a course of obstacles that mimics an actual show jumping competition and a Fashion Show featuring clothing by The Snappy Gator and jewelry by Lux, Bond & Green on Wednesday; the New Country Lexus of Westport Exhibitor Barbecue on Thursday; a Dog Obedience presentation by Sally Sizer of Dog Gone Smart on Friday along with a Cigar & Malt Scotch Tasting with M&M Cigars and SKYY Spirits. The show culminates with the EQUUS Benefit Luncheon & $25,000 Grand Prix presented by Wachovia Securities, LLC and George N. Venizelos on Saturday.

The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors will also be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions, including Wachovia Securities, LLC and George N. Venizelos, New Country Lexus of Westport, Newman's Own Foundation, Fairfield Equine Associates, The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Chopard, Coca-Cola North America, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lux Bond & Green Jewelers, Tory's LLP, Agriventures Agway, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., and New York Sports Club.

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.

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 84-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 24, 2008 - Saturday, June 28, 2008.

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

EVENT COMMITTEE: Co-Chairs: Catherine Herman of Westport and Claire Sussman of Southport; Executive Committee: 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.

CORPORATE & PRESENTING SPONSORS:

Winner's Circle Sponsors:

Wachovia Securities, LLC & George N. Venizelos, Presenting Sponsor, $25,000 Grand Prix

New Country Lexus of Westport, Official Car Sponsor, Exhibitor Barbecue Sponsor & Presenting Sponsor, Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic, Newman's Own Foundation, Presenting Sponsor, Amateur Owner/Junior Jumper High Division & Championship, Fairfield Equine Associates, Presenting Sponsor, First Year Green Working Hunter Division & Championship and The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), Official Radio Sponsor

Gold Medal Sponsors: U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Silver Medal Sponsors: Chopard, Coca-Cola North America, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lux Bond & Green Jewelers, and Tory's LLP.

Bronze Medal Sponsors: Agriventures Agway, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., and New York Sports Club.

CONTACT: Lynn Coakley, President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, Email equusfoundation@aol.com; Website: http://www.equusfoundation.org.

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) grant giving 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 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: Grand Prix Rider Cassie Herman of Westport, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Reflections Photography.

 

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