WESTPORT, CT - June 14, 2010 - The upcoming Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, June 22-26, 2010, open to the public with no admission fees, offers spectators the opportunity to experience the thrilling sport of show jumping up close and personal at the show's two featured show jumping classes.
The culminating event is the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 26, 2010, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos. Spectators and exhibitors are also welcome to attend the EQUUS Benefit Luncheon held in conjunction with the Grand Prix and enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet while watching world class riders and horses navigating over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds.
On Thursday, June 24, 2010, the top junior and amateur jumper riders will vie for top honors at 4:00 p.m. in the $10,000 Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Classic, which will be followed by the show's Exhibitor Party at 5:30 p.m.
Rated "AA", the uppermost horse show rating, and regarded as one of the most prestigious and beautiful shows in the country, the five-day show offers over 200 classes in which national and local equestrians of all ages compete, social activities and shopping at the show's Paddock Boutique. Held on the grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club located at 174 Long Lots Road in Westport, Connecticut, spectators can take advantage of the full service food and beverage concession offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
The "Paddock Boutiques" include Charles Ancona Designs; CR Designs; Jim Dratfield's Petrography; Dubarry of Ireland; EQUUS Entries Jewelry; Self Images, Portraits by Deborah Howland-Murray; The Kitchen Sink Bag; Laszlo Accessories; Luv Rocks Jewelry; Palm Classic Apparel; Patricia's Presents; Pause Dog Boutique; Snappy Gator; and Witchy Poo. Vendors include Agriventures Agway; Bevals Saddlery Ltd.; Footing First - Lawton Adams Construction; and Reflections Photography.
The EQUUS Foundation will also operate a boutique throughout the week and a silent auction at its Saturday Luncheon held in conjunction with the Grand Prix. Many local retail outlets have donated items, including Agabhumi - The Best of Bali, BMW of Darien & The Callari Auto Group, Connecticut School of Music, Delamar Southport, The Dressing Room, Greens Farms Spirit Shop, Imposter, J. Pocker & Son, Kramer Portraits, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., Mitchell's of Westport, Molto Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Newman's Own, Osianna - A Mediterranian Taverna, Palace Rugs of Wilton, Peter Coppola Salon, Pickets, Ponymom Designs, School of Rock, Silver of Westport, Shine Salonspa, Stepney Kitchen, Total Look Salons, Trek Bicycle Store, Venture Portraits, and 21 Woods.
Unique items include a three-day, two-night stay at Vanderbilt Hall, a luxury 33-suite Newport Mansion and private members club, a golf outing at Woodway Country Club in Darien and a one-week vacation in a Stratton, VT condo.
The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors will be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions, including Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos, presenting sponsor of the $25,000 Grand Prix, BMW of Bridgeport, Official Car Sponsor, and Moffly Media, Official Magazine Sponsor, and 95.9 The Fox Classic Rock & The New 96.7 The Coast, Official Radio Sponsor, along with Gold Medal Sponsor Fairfield Equine Associates; Silver Medal Sponsors Margaret Bondy Interiors, The Coca Cola Company, Hi Ho Petroleum, Hospital for Special Surgery, Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd., and Newmark Knight Frank; Bronze Medal Sponsors Agriventures Agway, Gary Goldberg Financial Services, and Vanderbilt Hall, A Mansion Hotel & Private Members Club; and Grand Champion Sponsors Imposter, Barbara Manion O.D., and Tiffany.
All horse show class sponsorships directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) national charitable foundation whose mission is to secure homes and useful lives for horses and educate the public about the value of horses in our everyday lives by providing financial support through the award of grants to equestrian and horse charities; offering insight on management and financial practices to these charities through a thorough review of their operations; and providing a network of interested individuals for volunteer recruitment.
For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, or telephone (203) 259-1550, or Email to: email@example.com, or visit the EQUUS website at www.equusfoundation.org.