EQUUS Foundation & USEF Best Performance Competition
E-NEWS—January 2015

Colorado, Lake St. Louis, Monmouth and Raleigh
Nationwide - Horse shows are signing up to support horse welfare!

Colorado Springs Spring and Fall Shows, Lake St. Louis Hunter/Jumper Series, Monmouth County Show Series and Raleigh Indoors are the latest to sign on to offer the Best Performance Competition bringing the total to over 70 horse shows across the United States. Participating horse show organizations include:

Atlanta Classic Brandywine Valley
Buffalo International Colorado Springs Spring and Fall Shows
Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Fairfield
Gulf Coast Classics Herring Brook
Lake St. Louis Hunter/Jumper Series Monmouth County Show Series
National Horse Show Ox Ridge
Pin Oak Princeton Show Jumping
Raleigh Indoors Skidmore College Saratoga Classic
Saratoga Springs Texas Shoot Out
Washington International Horse Show

To view the current list of participating horse shows, click here. Add your horse show here.


Join us at the Best Performance Team Invitational

A First of its Kind World-Class Competition
The first Best Performance Team Invitational will take place on Friday evening, February 20, 2015, under the lights in the International Arena during week 7 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

Darragh Kenny, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, Rodrigo Pessoa and McLain Ward are among the grand prix riders forming teams to compete over a jumper course judged on style and performance by the legendary George H. Morris and Katie Prudent.

Fete Cheval Etoile Jenny Belknap Kees and Chrystine Tauber are serving as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the EQUUS Foundation Fete Cheval Etoile, which will be held in conjunction with the class. Guests arriving in the International Club at 6pm will enjoy cocktails and dinner as well as a tribute to the 2015 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductees. 100% of the proceeds benefit horse welfare.

Table sales are now open here.

For questions about the Best Performance Team Invitational and Fete Cheval Etoile table reservations, contact Shannon Coakley at 203-259-1550; shannon@equusfoundation.org.

The Best Performance Team Invitational is a special event of the Best Performance Competition (BPC), the joint program of the United States Equestrian Federation and the EQUUS Foundation that rewards competitive excellence at recognized events and provides on-going support for horse welfare.


The Best Performance Competition - It's A Win - Win - Win!

Enroll here to participate in the Best Performance Competition (BPC), an exciting new joint effort of the USEF and the EQUUS Foundation to reward competitive excellence and support horse welfare.

Open to Junior, Amateur, and Professional competitors in all divisions, the BPC consists of four classes:
     • Best Junior on a Pony
     • Best Junior on a Horse
     • Best Amateur
     • Best Professional

The winners are the individuals who, in the opinion of the judges, exhibit the best overall competitive performance at the show and accumulate points in the Best Performance Competition overall standings for the USEF competition year starting on December 1, 2014.

It's a Win - Win - Win!
     • A Win for Horse Shows: There's no enrollment fee and easy to sign up; participating horse shows may retain up to 50% of the class entry fees to cover the administration and operation of the program and will be eligible to win the Best Performance Competition Horse Show of the Year Award, which will be presented by the USEF to the horse show(s) with the greatest percentage of program participation.

     • A Win for Competitors: You will be recognized for all your "best performances" throughout the competition year; it's easy to participate; and the entry fee of $20 is tax-deductible. You will be making a difference in the lives of horses and people in need!

     • A Win for Horse Welfare: Program proceeds will be used to help reduce the unwanted horse population, retrain horses for multiple careers and make equine therapy available to more people with special needs. For the EQUUS Foundation, it's all about how horses move us beyond our boundaries - as athletes and humanitarians.

For more information, visit the Best Performance Competition here or contact Shannon Coakley by phone at 203-259-1550 or by email at shannon@equusfoundation.org.



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About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. 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, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

About USEF: Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), www.usef.org, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.