WESTPORT, CT â€“ May 26, 2010â€“The Fairfield County Hunt Club and The EQUUS Foundation are pleased to announce that BMW of Bridgeport has signed on as the Official Car Sponsor of the June 22-26 Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show. BMW will have its full line on display during the five-day show, including the all new and redesigned 2011 BMW 550i, the 750Lxi, the 335i Convertible, the X5 xDr50i, and the Z4 sDr30i.
Mitch McManus, President and General Manager, said, â€œWe are excited to team up to support this top-notch equestrian competition, which is open to the public with no admission fees and offers spectators the opportunity to experience the thrilling equestrian sport of show jumping â€“ a thrill akin to what our customers feel from owning and driving a BMW.â€
The showâ€™s generous individual and corporate sponsors will also be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions. Corporate presenters in addition to BMW of Bridgeport include: Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos, Presenting Sponsor, $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix; Moffly Media, Official Magazine Sponsor; Fairfield Equine Associates, Gold Medal Sponsor; Margaret Bondy Interiors, The Coca-Cola Company, Hi Ho Petroleum, Hospital for Special Surgery, Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. and Newmark Knight Frank, Silver Medal Sponsors; Agriventures Agway, Gary Goldberg Financial Services, and Vanderbilt Hall - a Mansion Hotel & Private Members Club, Bronze Medal Sponsors; and Imposter and Barbara C. Manion, O.D., Grand Champion Sponsors.
Spectators will also have the opportunity to shop at the showâ€™s Paddock Boutiques featuring Charles Ancona Design, Jim Dratfield's Petrography, Dubarry of Ireland, EQUUS Entries, The Kitchen Sink Bag, Laszlo Accessories, Luv Rocks Jewelry, Palm Classic Apparel, Patricia's Presents, Pause Dog Boutique, and The Snappy Gator. Horse Show vendors include Agriventures Agway, Beval Saddlery, and Reflections Photography.
â€œOver 200 competitive classes are held over the course of the five-day show, culminating with the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 26, 2010, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos. This is a great opportunity for spectators to watch top riders and horses navigate over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds. For those who also want to support the charity, The EQUUS Foundation holds it benefit luncheon in conjunction with the Grand Prix featuring a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffetâ€, said Co-Chairs, Alison Ashman and Catherine Herman.
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 to educate the public about the value of horses in our everyday lives. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing financial support through the award of grants to equestrian and horse charities; offering insight to these charities on their management and financial practices 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the EQUUS website at www.equusfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION, INC.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.
Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.3 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. 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: email@example.com; Website: www.equusfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY HUNT CLUB JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW
WHEN: Tuesday-Saturday, June 22-26, 2010.
WHERE: Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.
Presenting Sponsor: $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, 26, 2010: Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos, http://www.georgev.wfadv.com/index.cfm
Official Magazine Sponsor: Moffly Media, http://www.mofflymedia.com
Official Car Sponsor: BMW of Bridgeport, http://www.bmwofbridgeport.com
Gold Medal Sponsor: Fairfield Equine Associates, http://www.fairfieldequine.com
Silver Medal Sponsors:
Margaret Bondy Interiors, http://www.margaretbondyinteriors.com
The Coca Cola Company, http://www.coca-cola.com
Hi Ho Petroleum, http://www.hihopetroleum.com
Hospital for Special Surgery, http://www.hss.edu
Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd., http://www.laidlaw.com
Newmark Knight Frank, http://www.newmarkkf.com
Bronze Medal Sponsors:
Agriventures Agway, http://www.agwayct.com
Gary Goldberg Financial Services, http://www.ggfs.com/
Vanderbilt Hall, A Mansion Hotel & Private Members Club, http://www.vanderbilthall.com
Grand Champion Sponsors:
Barbara Manion O.D., http://www.barbaramanionmd.com
The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show is held on the grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut, a landmark in Fairfield County since its establishment in 1923 and a unique private club that welcomes members of the community with equestrian interests to join its riding program.
All horse show class sponsorships directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) national charitable foundation whose mission is to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in our everyday lives through education and the award of grants.
Rated â€œAAâ€, the uppermost horse show rating, and regarded as one of the most prestigious and beautiful shows in the country, the five-day show is open to the public and offers over 200 classes in which national and local equestrians of all ages compete, social activities and shopping at the showâ€™s Paddock Boutique.
Spectators will experience the thrill of show jumping up close and personal at the showâ€™s two featured show jumping classes: 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 showâ€™s Exhibitor Party at 5:30 p.m.
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.
For additional information, contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, or telephone (203) 259-1550, or Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the EQUUS website at www.equusfoundation.org
Alison Ashman and Mitch McManus with Trainer Cassie Herman aboard Capone