Articles: Press Release
Peter Leone Aboard Candide Wins the
$25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix to benefit The EQUUS Foundation
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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
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:email@example.com, or visit the EQUUS website at
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.equusfoundation.org.