Articles: Press Release
Kerins and Hot Wheels Top 41 Competitors at the Fairfield County Hunt
Club $25,000 Grand Prix to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
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Westport, CT - August 16, 2005. 41 Exhibitors competed at the $25,000
Grand Prix at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Horse Show to benefit
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. on Saturday, June 25, 2005, in Westport,
Connecticut. Battling it out at the end were Darragh Kerins aboard Hot
Wheels owned by Miranda Fisher and Kent Farrington aboard Neo owned by
the Gold Coast Group with Kerins claiming victory. Caitlyn Shiels on
Memphis finished third.
Young Riders, some of who were competing in their first Grand Prix, vied
against seasoned Grand Prix Riders, like Margie Engle, Federico Sztyrle,
Scott Stewart, and Peter Lutz. Addison Phillips, who won the $10,000
Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Classic earlier in the week, Maggie McAlary,
Natalie Johnson, and Jessica Speiser, were among the youngest riders.
Over 400 guests attended The EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon held in
conjunction with the Grand Prix. The EQUUS Foundation recently awarded
over $150,000 in grants to charitable organizations that promote the
positive use of the horse for the benefit of the general public and the
equestrian sport as a whole. Corporate sponsors included The Callari
Auto Group, Wachovia Securities, Ralph Lauren, Fairfield Equine
Associates, Russell Reynolds Associates, Monaco Government Tourist
Office, The Hospital for Special Surgery, Taylor Harris Insurance
Services, Balducci's of Westport, Conte's Market & Grill, Newhouse
Financial & Insurance Brokers, and Tory's LLP.
The EQUUS Foundation also held the "Fete Cheval Florida", a fun-filled
unique evening of equestrian revelry at the 2005 Winter Equestrian
Festival in Wellington, Florida, to raise funds. Plans are already
underway for the 2nd Fete Cheval on February 11, 2006.
"We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of individuals and
organizations that donated to EQUUS in 2005", said Lynn Coakley,
President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., "In just three years, we have
awarded over $350,000 in grants and have helped thousands of horses and
About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, operates on an
all-volunteer basis without paid staff, and is a federally tax-exempt
501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the
full extent of the law.
The deadline for grant requests for 2006 has been extended to October 1,
2005. Grant recipients are selected in the in the late fall of each
year, with grants awarded in August.
Grant recipients include charities that benefit the public using horses
to help people therapeutically and recreationally, especially children,
with life threatening illnesses, physical and emotional handicaps, and
children "at risk" of succumbing to a life of violence. Other recipients
promote the health and welfare of our most treasured partners through
rescue and rehabilitation as well as veterinary research. EQUUS also
supports charities that benefit the equestrian sport by offering
scholarships and grants to support the competition, training, and
educational needs of equestrians.
The 2005 Grant Recipients include:
ASPCA Equine Fund, New York City, NY
$5,000. Rescue & care of Premarin Foals
Bridgeport Police Mounted Unit, Bridgeport, CT
$3,000. Health & welfare of Bridgeport Police Mounted Unit
City Slickers, Inc., Wolcott, CT
$8,340. After school and summer programs for "at risk" youngsters in
inner city & suburban Hartford.
Dressage4Kids, Inc., Bedford, NY
$5,800. Scholarships to encourage children to become true horsemen with
correct position, competitive skills, & knowledge of all aspects of
riding & horse care.
Equestrian Aids Foundation, Flemington, NJ
$5,300.Support for individuals in the equestrian community afflicted
with HIV or AIDS.
Equine Orthopaedic Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort
$10,000. Improvement of the orthopaedic health of horses through
investigation in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment & prevention of
Green Chimneys Children's Services & School, Brewster, NY
$16,700. Treatment & schooling of emotionally troubled at risk youth in
New York & Connecticut through its Therapeutic Riding Program and Equine
Facilitated Psychotherapy Program.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
$11,000. Therapeutic riding & related equine facilitated programs to
individuals of all ages who face physical, behavioral & developmental
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Inc. , Ashford, CT
$15,100. A horseback riding program for children who have a
Horses in the Hood , Tarzana, CA
$6,300. A five-day horse camp for at-risk children from Los Angeles'
H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut, Inc., Washington, CT
$5,150. Rescue & rehabilitation of abused horses.
Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation, Inc., Fairfield, CT
$10,765. Scholarships for students participating in collegiate
equestrian activities & equine programs.
Living Bridges International, Inc., Glenyeare Equestrian Program,
$7,100. Building of confidence & self-esteem in children in New Jersey
through the care & training of horses.
New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc., New Canaan, CT
$7,790. Scholarships for children in need in the surrounding communities
to build leadership, management skills, responsibility, & to develop
personal character through sound horsemanship.
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Stamford, CT
$9,100. Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals of all ages with
physical, mental & emotional disabilities in eight barns in Connecticut
& New York.
R. W. Mutch Foundation, Inc., Saddle River, NJ & Wellington, FL
$5,800. Scholarships to recipients who best reflect the personal
qualities & horsemanship abilities of the late Ronnie Mutch.
United States Equestrian Federation, Lexington, KY
$2,825. Emerson Burr Horsemanship Awards Program to promote & perpetuate
good horsemanship in young equestrians.
United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Inc., Gladstone, NJ
$10,055. Support for the competition, training, coaching, travel &
educational needs of America's elite & developing International High
Performance horses & athletes.
We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding, Inc. , Cross River, NY
$5,775. Therapeutic horseback riding & other equine-related activities
in the Connecticut/New York area to people with disabilities.
For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the
website, www.equusfoundation.org or contact EQUUS at (203) 259-1550 or
at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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