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The Place To Be on Halloween - EQUUS Deal or No Deal Syracuse Halloween Event

WESTPORT, CT - October 24, 2008 -The EQUUS Foundation is holding its "Deal or No Deal" event at the Syracuse show on Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Oncenter Ballroom. Hosted by Bates Saddles, the event will feature junior riders as the Deal or No Deal Suitcase Models.


Partnering with the Syracuse Invitational, a horse show already well known for inventiveness in horse show management and programming, the EQUUS event will provide exhibitors unique entertainment with a Halloween twist. A casual affair, exhibitors can take a break from the competition to enjoy a reception, buffet dinner, an audio-visual Halloween show, culminating with the entertaining take-off on the well-known TV show featuring emcee Mason Phelps, Jr., National Horse Show Chairman. The contestants will be chosen from among the audience so everyone has a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000, or make a deal for great prizes.

"We are very appreciative of the support we have received so far from our host, Bates Saddles, the Callari Auto Group (BMW of Darien, MINI of Fairfield County and Volvo of Westport), our underwriting and gift sponsor, other gift sponsors, Beval Saddlery, Coach, and Origins, and photographer, Reflections Photography. We owe special thanks to the National Horse Show and the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament for their support. We also want to thank our suitcase sponsors - 3-Case Sponsor Karen Healey Stables and 1-Case Sponsors Patricia Adikes-Hill, Eleanor Bright, Burr Associates, Suzanne Marquand and The Springsteen Family for their generosity", said Jenny Belknap, The EQUUS Foundation Board Chair.

The juniors signed on as models so far include Alexa Anthony, Carly Anthony, Alexandra Arute, Anna Becker, Sophie Benjamin, Alexandra Biederman, Victoria Birdsall, Kels Bonham, Tilden Brighton, Olivia Clancy, Carolyn Curcio, Annie Davidson, Tina Dilandri, Christy DiStefano, Olivia Dorey, Brian Feigus, Julianna Fischer, Navona Gallegos, Emily Gardner, Christina Gellos, Samantha Harrison, Zazou Hoffman, Michael Hughes, Johanna Hyyppa, Olivia Jack, Reed Kessler, Christina Lin, Emma Lipman, Jacqueline Lubrano, Kimberly McCormack, Matt Metell, Michelle Morris, Chelsea Moss, Catherine Pasmore, Nina Pola, Karen Polle, Schaefer Raposa, Julie Richardson, Grace Rogers, Rachel Roter, Samantha Schaefer, Jessica Springsteen, Katherine Stewart, Rachel Udelson, Lauren Vogel, Shelby Wakeman, Jennifer Waxman, and Kyle Wolf. Additional juniors are welcome.

The deadline for advance reservations is Friday, October 24, 2008. Suitcase Sponsorships (Tables of six) are $1,000; Individual seats purchased in advance are $100 per adult; $50 per child 12 and under. Limited seating may be available at the show at $125 for individual seats and $75 for children 12 and under. Donations for event attendance are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

The EQUUS Foundation sponsors entertaining events each year to give something back to donors who give so generously. The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. recently announced the award of over $300,000 to 50 charities involved in equestrian and equine activities, bringing the total awards to $1.1 million since 2003. The awards were made possible almost entirely from event contributors.

For additional information on the EQUUS "Deal or No Deal" event, visit the EQUUS website at http://www.equusfoundation.org or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, email to equusfoundation@aol.com.


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, 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 $1.1 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Save The Dates:

EQUUS Deal or No Deal, Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament/National Horse Show, Syracuse, NY on Friday, October 31, 2008

EQUUS Equestrian Idol, Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington, FL, on Friday, February 6, 2009

EQUUS Grand Prix Luncheon, Fairfield County Hunt Club, Westport, CT on Saturday, June 20, 2009


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