EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperers

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

September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022

Adorno, Lenny, And Nina

Andrea Lee Payton

Anta LoDico Robeson

Anthony DeNoia

Arthur Banewicz

Audrey Hickman



Barbara H. Steward

Barbara Nancy Bloom

Barbara Radcliffe

Beautiful Day


Bette Martin

Betty Broadfield

Betty Schneider

Betty White

Bob Travali


Brian McFadden

Buddy Koerner

Celeste Dahm

Charlotte Marie Robertson Maples-Geer



Claude Le Frapper



Danny Schatz

Dave Croop

Debbie Stroud

Diane L. Quackenbush

Dr. Kenneth Lee, Dr. Gutstein and Poppy


Edward Merton

Elbert D. Tucker

Elbert Derl Tucker

Elizabeth Keyton





Harvey Silverman

Jame Dean

Jan Mock

Jean Mockler


Jeanne Bucher

Kathryn Sleamaker

Kaylie Marie Meyer

Kristine Blue

Lee Freund

Linda Jensen

Linda Trommer

Lora Kelly Starzee

Lucille Gates

M. Jean Ice

Madison Antoinette Lynch Dingee

Marge Gash

Marguerite Brennan

Marilyn Buttitta

Mary Evlyn Weaver Pound

Mary Lucinda Barnes Weddell

Megan Nicole Nelson

Morgan Ginsberg

Nancy Beaudoin McKissick

Nancy Stice Thompson

Norma Kelley And Her Horse, Cinnamon

Olivia Porter

Pepper Strand


Ray Amato

Richard Gregoire

Rohara Sojourn ++++//

Roy Lee Fuller

Samantha Calzone



Sidney Morris


Sky's High Command


Stacey Andrews

Stefanie Hartman

Steve DeVincent

Susan Powers

Teresa Bernard

Terri McMahan

Terry Meyer


Tonki and Twinkle



Victoria Anne Abrams

Whitley Cox

William J. Herbert Jr.

September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

Alisdair Wallace

Andrea L. Payton

Anita Dailey

Arthur Nestved



Bob Thomases


Carol Wissner

Celestial Tapestry



Christine Hull

Cindy Walker

Claire Rebecca Buckley

David Alan Gibbs

David E. Ahearn

David Rodgers


Edmund Perwien

Elizabeth Breen Matl

Felix Arredondo


Gary Lynn Jimmerson




Howard Simowitz

Jackie Green

Jeffry Becker

Jet and Maya

Jill Schroeder Peters

Jim Spears

Joseph Désiré


Kathleen Boyle

Kenneth Elvis Thompson

Laceypeetz And Tannypeetz

Louis P. Terramagra



Marion G. Smith Of Scotland

Marion Kummel

Mason Phelps, Jr.



Meredith Lynn Garrett


Nancy Bartine

Nancy Marilyn Florian







Raymond "Pat" Hanson

Robert Hess, Jr

Robert Paul McIntosh



Russ Winterbotham

Samantha Calzone

Sandy Schadler


Shanda Wallin

Sharon Buske

Sharon McGuire Buske

Sherrie Kulaszewski

Sonny, Fort & Collins Jacobson

Stacey Andrews

Stefanie Piedad Hartman

Susan Gail Smith Eubanks

Susan McAnally


Trinity Joy Coulter


Virginia Haigler

Vivian Frances Burns Ruther

W.E. "Bill" Sparks

Wendy Louise Wynes

Whippoorwill Jessica


Horse Whisperers

Making a lasting difference in the lives of people and horses

Horse Whisperers are a special group of people and organizations who are committed to ensuring that America's horses are safe and live with dignity throughout their lives and are recognized by the EQUUS Foundation for their extraordinary kinship with horses by the establishment of an award in their names to honor deserving equine charities.

The EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors selects charities to receive the Horse Whisperer Awards from among grant recipients that best align with the interests of the Horse Whisperers, including those grant recipients with which the Horse Whisperer is familiar.
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.

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.

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.

Lannie Lipson Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Lannie Lipson and her commitment to ensuring a humane environment for horses now and in the future.

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.

Newstead Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 by the EQUUS Foundation in recognition of the long-standing dedication of the Newstead Foundation and the Firestone Family to safeguarding of comfort and dignity of horses throughout their lives.

Otis Booth Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Stephanie Shafran and her daughters, Alexandra and Charlotte Murray, in recognition of their commitment to ensuring that horses remain an important part of American life.

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.

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 Farm/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 Our Horse Whisperers!
Contact us at mail@equusfoundation.org for more information.

Ways to Give
The EQUUS Foundation spends significant time evaluating grant and scholarship applications to insure that your donation will make a real difference. All grant and scholarship 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 or scholarship 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.