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Starlight & Kirsten Coe Win the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix to benefit The EQUUS Foundation

WESTPORT, CT - June 30, 2008 - Kirsten Coe aboard Starlight owned by Laura King-Kaplan emerged victorious at the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 28, 2008, the culminating event of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut. On hand to bestow The Callari Cup were George N. Venizelos of Wachovia Securities LLC, the presenting sponsor of the Grand Prix, Claire Sussman and Catherine Herman, co-chairs of the show, along with the Chairman, Jenny Belknap, and President, Lynn Coakley, of The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

Over 450 guests attended the EQUUS Benefit Grand Prix Luncheon, held in conjunction with the Grand Prix, and enjoyed a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet while watching 20 talented riders and horses performing at the highest level of competition.

Over $225,000 was raised at the event thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, including 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.

"We are indebted to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for allowing EQUUS to be its endorsed charity and to the hundreds of individuals and corporations who made donations this year. We are especially grateful to Horse Show Co-Chairs Catherine Herman and Claire Sussman", said Jenny Belknap, Chairman, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, email equusfoundation@aol.com, or visit us at http://www.equusfoundation.org.


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: Starlight owned by Laura King-Kaplan and ridden by Kirsten Coe, winner of the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix and the Callari Cup presented by Wachovia Securities. From left to right: John E. Franzreb III, Claire Sussman, Catherine Herman, George N. Venizelos, Lynn Coakley, and Jenny Belknap. Photo courtesy of Reflections Photography.


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