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Wells Fargo Advisors Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of $25,000 Grand Prix

WESTPORT, CT - May 12, 2009 - The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce that Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and George N. Venizelos, Managing Director-Investments, will be the presenting sponsor of the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut.

We are especially thankful to Mr. Venizelos and Wells Fargo Advisors for their support of The EQUUS Foundation and the horse show, particularly now in these difficult times. This is the fourth year that Mr. Venizelos has participated as a corporate sponsor. As an EQUUS Foundation Board member, he has been instrumental over the years in also bringing in additional corporate sponsors.

Wachovia Securities is now part of Wells Fargo & Company, creating one of the largest investment firms in the world, as measured by number of Financial Advisors. Wachovia Securities manages approximately $1 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is one of the nation's strongest banks and an American institution since 1852, earning its legendary reputation for strength and stability. Wells Fargo & Company is one of Barron's Most Respected Companies (September 2008).

The Grand Prix is the final event of the five-day Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, June 16-20, 2009, and will feature some of the top riders in the country competing against the clock at racehorse speeds while navigating over formidable obstacles as high as five feet. The hunt club's field is transformed into a picturesque but very challenging course surrounded by "up close and personal" areas for spectators to share in the excitement.

The Club's "AA-rated" five-day show, June 16-20, 2009, is open to the public with no admission fees and offers spectators the opportunity to experience the thrilling equestrian sport of show jumping. For those who want to watch in a more formal and beautiful setting plus support the show's beneficiary, the EQUUS Foundation hosts its annual benefit luncheon during the Grand Prix, starting at 11:30 a.m. A $250 tax-deductible donation includes one luncheon seat. All class sponsorships also directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., (http://www.equusfoundation.org), a 501 (c) 3 national charitable foundation that seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote horse welfare or elevate the equestrian sport.

Horses have existed for 50 million years, predating man. But once the partnership between man and horse was forged, no other animal has matched the contributions that horses have made to civilization. Horses continue to make a significant contribution. They enrich and empower us - whether we come from a privileged background or a disadvantaged one - not just in the competitive arena, but also in our everyday lives.

For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, or telephone (203) 259-1550, or email 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 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 $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.

PHOTO: George N. Venizelos, Managing Director, Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, with Claire Cassidy, Co-Chair, Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, and Charles Zylstra, President, Fairfield County Hunt Club. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation


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