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June 25, 2015

Fairfield County Rallies for the EQUUS Foundation & Horses

The VIP Tent at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show was filled to capacity on Saturday, June 20, 2015, for the EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon held in association with the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix presented by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC and George N. Venizelos. Among the guests were Westport First Selectman James Marpe and his wife Mary Ellen, and former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
EQUUS Foundation Founder & President Lynn Coakley with Horse Show Co-Chairs Benedicte Berg & Sean Hogan.


Guests were treated to a champagne reception and the opportunity to browse the EQUUS Foundation Silent Auction of nearly 80 items, before enjoying an elegant luncheon and the exciting show jumping competition.

Of the 34 competitors, eight advanced to the jump-off ending with the last to go, Sydney Shulman aboard Quidam, claiming the victory. Shulman drove away in the second of two MINIs offered by Official Car Sponsor CallariCars.com courtesy of MINI of Fairfield County for winning back-to-back Grand Prixs at Fairfield and Ox Ridge. Click here for more about the Grand Prix & Family Fun Day.

Shannon Coakley, Executive Director of the EQUUS Foundation, welcomed and thanked the guests before introducing the founder and President, Lynn Coakley, who recognized the Fairfield County Hunt Club for its long-standing support of the EQUUS Foundation.

"Now in our 12th year, the EQUUS Foundation has grown from a local non-profit serving a handful of charities to a national organization providing financial support and resources to over nine hundred horse rescues and equine therapy organizations across the United States," said Coakley.

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Gordon Joseloff & George N. Venizelos

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Ron Schanze, Sean Pritchett, John Pritchett & Westport First Selectman James Marpe

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Virginia Pursche, Elaine Campbell & Chris Greer

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Debra Pipines & Barbara Harbach

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Page & Jason Mudd with Kris Greer & Brenda Tananbaum

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Gail Hellthaler, Sean Kennedy, Patricia Keenan, Larry D'Addario & Marylou D'Addario Kennedy

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Louise & Tom Keim

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Sally & Kevin MacGuire with Syliva & Flavia Callari

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Gabriella & Tucker Mays

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
R. Scott Green, Durelle Green, Berkeley Soper & Jon Tiktinsky

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Bob & Fran Dubicki with Christina & Craig Smith

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Tracy Robinson, Miranda Chu & Adele Higgins with Dr. Naitan Chu (seated)

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Roxanne & Barney Martin

2015 EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon Photo
Seated (L-R): Elena DeVoe, Catherine DeVoe, Riley Hicks; Standing: David DeVoe, Richard Gacek, Paige DeVoe

Coakley continued, "For many of you in the audience who are equestrians, you already know that there is something very special about the connection that is formed between horse and rider. The impact of that bond multiplies ten-fold for people with special needs. Our mission is to make a difference in how horses are cared for and to make the magic and power of horses available to more people with special needs. Thank you for making it possible for us to have awarded close to $3 millin in grants to organizations dedicated to helping horses and healing people and operating at the highest standards."
Winner's Circle & Medal Corporate Sponsors included:
Official Sponsors & Corporate Partners: Animal Planet, Ariat International, Blackburn Architects, P.C., CallariCars.com, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC & George N. Venizelos, Westport Magazine/Moffly Media;
Gold: Fairfield Equine Associates, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services;
Silver: Bruderman Asset Management, Grand Marnier Grande Cuvee Collection Tasting & Sponsorship, Hi Ho Petroleum, Hospital for Special Surgery, Imperial Dental Associates, Kennedy Equine Transport, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Wells Fargo Private Bank/Thomas Belden;
Bronze: Agriventures Agway, Dr. Wynatte Chu, Rights Management Holdings LLC.

Auction sponsors included:
Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Abbatiello, Adorn Accessories, Aitoro, Amazing Spaces, LLC/Jason Landau, Arbonne, Elizabeth Arden, Bradford Renaissance Portraits, Buggs Baggs, CallariCars.com, Camaje Bistro & Abigail Hitchcock - Chef/Owner, Charles Ancona, Clipper Barn of Connecticut, Elite Health Services, Equestrian Neightion, LLC, Fairfield County Hunt Club, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Flower, Grand Marnier Grande Cuvee Collection Tasting & Sponsorship, Gypsy Girl Remade, Hampton Classic Horse Show, Jeanne Huber-Happy J.D., Imperial Dental Associates, PC, Joanne Y. Pierce Fine Art, LLC, Katharine Page, Mama Jane's Global Boutique, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Newman and Blackstock Optometrists, Newman's Own, Pawtique, Personally Preppy Photography by Debra Marafiote, Polished by Claire V, The RealReal, Reflections Photography, Mr. & Mrs. Craig J. Smith & C2 Limited, LLC, SoulCycle Westport, Tommie Copper Equine & Kim Ablon Whitney.

Click here for a complete list of our sponsors and donors.

Click here to view more photos courtesy of Reflections Photography.

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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.

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