EQUUS Equestrian Idol on February 12th – Great Entertainment, Great Food and Great Shopping!

WESTPORT, CT – February 3, 2010 – Just two weeks away, the Equestrian Idol event on Friday, February 12, 2010, presented by Foundation Farm to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, boasts great entertainment, great food, and great shopping. The performers - Dianna Bricker, Heather Caristo, Hillary Dobbs, Casey Hodges, Ramsey Janney, Jordan LaPlaca, Brian Lookabill, Colton Mason, and Rick Rockefeller-Silvia, along with Ki-Juan Minors and Jen White Kane, the 2008 and 2009 Idols – are rehearsing. The judges – Margie Goldstein-Engle, Leslie Howard, and Frank Madden – are ready.

Guests will be treated to a delicious buffet by Aaron’s Catering of Wellington in the magnificent Grand Marquee Tent at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida. Guests will also enjoy shopping for items donated by generous individuals, national and local retailers, and vendors from the Winter Equestrian Festival. There’s something for everyone - clothing, jewelry, accessories, artwork, and many other desirable items for horse and rider.

You can learn to play polo this season on the world class fields of the International Polo Club. This package, donated by The International Polo Club Palm Beach and valued at $3,000, includes Polo Lessons and Practice Games culminating with a Final Tournament, Saturday night Cocktail Reception, Sunday Brunch and attendance at the Sunday Polo Match. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome.

Located in Wellington and Jupiter, Floor Specialists is donating a four-hour Deep Sea Fishing Outing (or cruise along the Inter-Coastal waterway – your choice). The fully captained 46-foot Bertram will depart from its berth at the Blowing Rocks Marina in Jupiter, Florida for an exciting morning or afternoon on the water.

Tiffany & Co. in Palm Beach Gardens is offering a selection of their exclusive jewelry, including a Paloma Picasso Sterling Silver Zellige Medallion medium pendant on a silk cord, a Sterling silver Return to Tiffany Heart tag necklace and bracelet, a Sterling silver Crown Key, and Sterling Silver large bead pendant on a 20” chain. Bobbie Braun is donating White & Rose Gold Earrings from her collection and Alligator Bangle Bracelets from Nicaragua. An anonymous donor is offering a 93 CTS magnificent Beryl Aquamarine, appraised at $9,450.

Rick Raphael Photography is offering a complimentary Classic Equestrian Portrait session and canvas print of any size to fit the room in which it is displayed. If the winning bid is more than $1,800, they will also donate 10% of all commissions received during their stay in Wellington between February 12 and March 3, 2010 to The EQUUS Foundation in the name of the winning bidder.

Philip Levine of Companion Dogs is donating a one-day intensive training session. Philip, with his dogs, Esther and Ida, uses innovative techniques to train your dog based on the dog’s natural social instincts.

RV Sales of Broward is donating a one week rental of one of their deluxe motor homes valued at $5,500 – not just great for a vacation – also great accommodations for Tampa, Lake Placid, and HITS at Saugerties.

You can enjoy all-season fun in Stratton, Vermont for one week in a condo near the base of the Stratton mountain. Bring your friends – the condo sleeps 8. Ski, hike, golf, swim and play tennis depending on the season you choose. Great accommodations for the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows.

Frank Roccanova, a painter, sculptor, and photographer based in Amagansett, New York, is donating a book of his original photography, "Homage to Magritte" inspired by his desire to use his camera the way Rene Magritte used his paintbrush.

Gracie Street Interior Design, Inc. Studio & Boutique is donating a Trowbridge Limited Edition English Reproduction Print "Flowers in April" by John Hill presented in a Black Frame with Mahogany Banding.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is offering an exclusive hospitality package that includes four VIP Tent wristband passes valid for the Hampton Classic Horse Show, Tuesday-Sunday, August 31-September 5, 2010, (six days including Sunday's Grand Prix). General Admission Parking is included. Seating is available at any "Hampton Classic Guest" table in the Grand Prix, USET, and Chalet Tents. This package cannot be purchased. Individual VIP Tickets are not available for sale at the show.

Just Horse Videos Worldwide and HORSETV are donating a selection of DVDs including Seabiscuit - The Lost Documentary, A Bit About Bits - Jimmy Williams, The Rider's Eye - Doug Payne and Jim Wofford and others.

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid for a VIP Table at American Hunter Jumper (AHJF) Hunter Classic on February 20, 2010, as well as a bowling lane for 10 at the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Bowling for Equestrians event on Sunday, February 14, 2010.

Equalign Chiropractic Systems (www.equalign com) is donating a $400 gift certificate for horse or rider. Other equestrian items include a Frederic Butet Saddle valued at $4,300, gift certificates from Beval Saddlery, SmartPak, Cavalleria Toscana and Parlanti, and a padded crown dressage snaffle bridle donated by Euro-American Saddlery.

Last but not least, whether or not you attend the event, you can pick your favorite performer to win online for a $20 donation. If the judges select your pick, you will receive 50% of the donations collected split among all who selected the winner. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be notified after the event. Pick your favorite and help support The EQUUS Foundation at http://www.equusfoundation.org/WEFInvite1.html.

All guests attending the event will have the opportunity to bid to Join the Judges Panel, or cast their votes as members of the Audience Voting Panel to select the 2010 Equestrian Idol.

Auction and Gift Sponsors include Adequan, Bevals Saddlery Ltd., Bobbie Braun, Cavalleria Toscana, Companion Dogs & Philip Levine, Equalign Chiropractic Systems, Equine Artistry by Barbara, Euro-American Saddlery, Floor Specialists, Inc., Gracie Street Interior Design, Inc. Studio & Boutique, Hampton Classic Horse Show, HORSETV, International Polo Club Palm Beach, Just Horse Videos Worldwide, Hunt Ltd., KIDS on the beach / Rumor Has It, Mason Phelps, Jr., Origins Natural Resources, Parlanti, Pilates Rocks, Polo Gear, Rick Raphael & Leslie Fuller of Raphael Photography, Frank Roccanova, , RV Sales of Broward, Robin & Phil Schonberger, SmartPak, Tiffany & Co. in Palm Beach Gardens, Turner & Co., Wellington-WEF.com, LLC and Windsor Manor.

Proceeds from this fantastic event will be used to award grants to charities that find homes and useful lives for horses. Seating options include VIP tables of eight starting at $2,500 and individual seats at $150 per person.

To R.s.v.p for the Equestrian Idol event, Friday, February 12, 2010, at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, please contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., by phone (203) 259-1550, by email at equus@equusfoundation.org , or R.s.v.p. online at http://www.equusfoundation.org/WEFInvite1.html.

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