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New Country Lexus of Westport becomes Official Car Sponsor of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit

WESTPORT, CT - June 4, 2008 - The Fairfield County Hunt Club and The EQUUS Foundation are pleased to announce that New Country Lexus of Westport has signed on as the Official Car Sponsor of the June 24-28 Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show. Lexus will have its full line on display during the five-day show - sedans, F-Performance, coupes, luxury utility models, and hybrids. The show is open to the public with no admission fees.

On Thursday, June 26, Lexus will also host the Exhibitor Party starting at 5:30 p.m. immediately following the $10,000 Amateur Owner/Junior Jumper Classic starting at 4:00 p.m. where young Olympic hopefuls will compete in an exciting show jumping competition.

General Manager Robert Pedro said, "We are excited to team up with this top-notch equestrian competition, and look forward to experiencing the thrill of watching world class riders and horses navigating over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds - a thrill akin to what our customers feel from owning and driving a Lexus. The Lexus experience is like no other, and our passion is providing our customers with a world-class ownership experience."

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.

Spectators will have the opportunity to experience the thrilling equestrian sport of show jumping as well as peruse the Paddock Boutiques 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 show's generous individual and corporate sponsors will also be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions. Corporate presenters in addition to New Country Lexus of Westport will include Wachovia Securities, LLC and George N. Venizelos, Newman's Own, 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, Coca-Cola North America, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lux Bond & Green Jewelers, Chopard, Tory's, Agriventures Agway, Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., and New York Sports Club.

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.

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.



EQUUS GRAND PRIX LUNCHEON - FAIRFIELD COUNTY JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW

WHAT: The EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix 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, luncheon guests enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet and have the opportunity to watch world class riders and horses navigating over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds.

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

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2008.

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.; Grand Prix starts at 1:30 p.m.

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

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

Grand Champion Sponsors: Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC.

CONTACT: Lynn Coakley, President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, Email equusfoundation@aol.com, 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) 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: Making plans for the June Benefit Horse Show are (from left to right) Claire Sussman, former president of the Fairfield County Hunt Club, Tom Keim, current president, Robert Pedro, general manager of New Country Lexus of Westport with Helena Pires, Tom Makin, Paul Meijer, and Anthony Micarelli, all of Lexus of Westport. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.

 

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