EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperers

The EQUUS Foundation recognizes the names of loved ones for whom memorial donations were made during the last two years.


Carol A. Wesson

Carol Enos

Carolyn White



D.J. Of Amen Corner

Ervin Eustace


Farrester Dillman


Janice Fleckenstein

Jennifer L. Knott


Joann Holland

John Duane

John Fargnoli

Judy Coates

June Isono


Kenneth J. Abbey

Krista Dawn Colby



Leslie Bernstein Bennett

Lewis J. Fenstermaker

Lisa Weatherbee

Maribelle Garris MacAlpin

Monty Merrell

Pamela Jaffe

Patricia Criel

Paul Webb Long Jr.

Pebbles, Beloved Trail Boss

Phoebe Ann Brunholzl



Ralph Pape

Robin McKernan

Roslyn Roffey


Starr Goobie

Takako Reynolds

Thomas Earl Kurth

Tony Latona



Amanda Alligood Williams


Anthony Evans Jackson


Barry Parker

Beverly Schneckenburger

Bruce Danielson


Carlos Vitelli

Carol Garges

Carol Gureckis


Cassiopeoa (Cassie) 4/24/12-4/6/23



Chestnut Joe

Christine Rappleyea


Cindi Vaughan Young

D'Aun Griego

Dallas E. Armstrong

Dancer Shields



Devon Horniman


Don Jewell

Doni Bird

Doni Bird

Ed Kusy

Eddie Valdez

Elizabeth Miller




Flat Bold

Frank A. Ramsden II


Gene Fields

George Severn Werness


Guy Rizzo


Hocus Pocus

Isabella Wade


Jacqueline Curtin

Jane Brill Kugelman

John Henry

John Slattery

Joyce Potter

Judy Ann Babuszczak

Julia Szado Blowers

Julia Szado Blowers

Julie Miske



Kathy Studwell

Kim Fischman

Kim Townsend

Laurel Ann Howell

Laurence Lyman Williams

Letha Ann Smith

Linda Lester

Linda Morelock


Lisa Soldani

Lord Stanley

Lucy, Ellie, Pina And Hershey

Maple Leaf Mel

Margaret Catherine

Marie Frances Roman

Mary Esther Chwalek

Mary Lynn Helm

Maybelle Crawford



Motown & Bailey Barrington



New York Thunder

Old Man

Patricia Pietrzak

Peter Tramm


Ranzy & Dianne


Richard L. Flowers, Jr.


Rosita Menocal

RV (Andiamo)

Sallie Ann (Lau) Staley

Samantha Calzone

Samantha Calzone


Satillo River

Scott R. Foster

Selma & Josie

Sharon M Ash

Sherri Jelenic


Standing Ovation “Ovi”

Stanislaw Piasecki

Tes Sonoités (Segue)


Theresa A. Fisher

Theresa Conte





Zazoe Park

Zorvino “Vinnie”

Horse Whisperers

Making a lasting difference in the lives of people and horses

Horse Whisperers is our named awards program that honors individuals and organizations that provide, or have provided, substantial and much needed resources to ensure that America's horses are safe and live with dignity throughout their lives. Horse Whisperer awards may be named in honor of a family member, friend, associate, or in the memory of a loved one or a loved equine companion.

The recipients of Horse Whisperer Awards are selected by the Board of Directors from among EQUUS Foundation grant recipients that best align with the interests of the Horse Whisperers, including those equine charities with which the Horse Whisperer may be familiar. The awards bring added recognition to equine charities operating at the highest standards for business and equine welfare practices.

Michele E. Arnhold Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2008 by the family of Michele E. Arnhold in memory of her life-long passion, her pursuit of excellence, and her commitment and contribution to the equestrian sport.

Daniel D. Barkan Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2013 by the family of Daniel D. Barkan, a quiet philanthropist and gentleman, in memory of his life-long love of horses.

Barbara Dailey Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2024 by the EQUUS Foundation in memory of Barbara Dailey and in recognition of her life-long appreciation of the love, joy and companionship she shared with horses.

McLain Ward Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2023 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of McLain Ward's selection as the inaugural recipient of the EQUUS Foundation Spirit Award presented to an equestrian who has significantly elevated the image and desirability of horses.

Augusta Mills Equestrian - Matt Metell Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in recognition of the dedication of Augusta Mills Equestrian and Matt Metell to the welfare of horses.

Marguerite Brennan Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in memory of Marguerite Brennan and in honor of her loving family, Jane Henderson, her daughter, and Michaela & Sean Pritchett, her grandchildren.

Gore Family Memorial Foundation Trust Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2020 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of the Gore Family's commitment to protecting equines subjected to abuse, neglect and at risk of slaughter.

Jackson Family Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2020 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of the Jackson Family's commitment to horse welfare.

Kay Family Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Lauren Kay and the Kay Family Foundation.

Lafitte De Muze Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2018 by Cheryl Olsten in the name of her horse, Lafitte De Muze, to protect and make a difference in the lives of horses who are in need of next chapters, with specific emphasis on the re-homing and retirement of Standardbreds.

Mighty Nice Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2018 by Caroline Moran in recognition of 2017 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductee Mighty Nice owned by HnD Group, which was formed in memory of the late Bruce Duchossois, who owned Mighty Nice before his passing in 2014.

Richard L. Parish Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2014 by the family of Richard L. Parish in recognition of his leadership and dedication for over 45 years to the causes supported by the Richard Laurence Parish Foundation and in honor of Margie and Dick Bondy.

Ellen R. Pearl Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by Ellen R. Pearl to be awarded annually through 2025 to an equine rescue that ensures the respect, dignity and comfort of their rescued equines throughout their lives.

Split Rock Show Jumping Tour/Bobbie & Derek Braun Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2020 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of the dedication of the Braun Family and Split Rock Farm to powerful impact of horses in our lives.

Join Us an A Horse Whisperer!
Contact us at mail@equusfoundation.org for more information.

Ways to Give
The EQUUS Foundation spends significant time evaluating grant applications to ensure that your donation will make a real difference. All grant recipients must meet the Foundation's eligibility requirements and grant making guidelines.

An Unrestricted donation is one that may be used to provide financial support to any of the grant recipients deemed worthy of award by the Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation.

Field-of-interest donations are ones where the donors may designate a particular area of charitable interest for the award of a grant, such as programs focused on improving the quality of life of horses, or programs providing opportunities for horses to impact people's lives, especially people with special needs. We will work with you to define your specific interest.