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Peter Leone Aboard Candide Wins the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix

WESTPORT, CT - June 22, 2009 - Urged on by spectators and over 300 guests at The EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Benefit Luncheon, Peter Leone aboard Candide owned by Haphco LLC claimed victory at the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut. George N. Venizelos representing Wells Fargo Advisors was on hand to present the well-earned blue ribbon, along with his guest, Harriet Mays Powell, Fashion Director of New York Magazine, Show Co-Chairs, Claire Cassidy and Catherine Herman, Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman of the Board of The EQUUS Foundation, and Lynn Coakley, President of The EQUUS Foundation.

The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors, including 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, were presenting awards all week long to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions, which culminated with the always exciting Grand Prix on Saturday. Guests at the EQUUS Luncheon enjoyed a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet while watching the talented riders and horses performing at the highest level of competition.

The show benefits The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation dedicated to the vision of a more compassionate, educated America that values the diverse role the horse plays in modern society and to transforming the way horses are treated and perceived.

"We are very grateful to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for selecting The EQUUS Foundation as the show's charity and to the hundreds of individuals and corporations who made donations this year", said Show Co-Chair and EQUUS Board member, Catherine Herman. "The Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote horse welfare, and elevate the equestrian sport since its first awards in 2003. Despite a difficult year, we are hopeful we will reach our next benchmark of $1.5 million in grants awarded by 2010."

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.

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 awarding 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.

Candide owned by Haphco LLC and ridden by Peter Leone, winner of the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix

PHOTO: Candide owned by Haphco LLC and ridden by Peter Leone, winner of the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix and the Callari Cup presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. From left to right: John E. Franzreb III, Jenny Belknap Kees, Catherine Herman, George N. Venizelos, Harriet Mays Powell, Claire Cassidy, and Lynn Coakley. Photo courtesy of Reflections Photography.


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