Contact: Lynn Coakley,, 203-259-1550


Selfies, Champagne & Sunshine Empower Horses & the EQUUS Foundation

On Saturday, June 25th, guests attending the EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon during the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show rallied for horse welfare while enjoying champagne, sunshine & some selfies too! Held in association with the $30,000 Fairfield Grand Prix presented by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC and George N. Venizelos, the luncheon was once again an afternoon not to be missed in Fairfield County.

Horse Welfare Selfies
Guests snapped selfies in support of the EQUUS Foundation's
horse welfare programs thanks to New England Selfie!

Paul O'Shea & Terceira claimed the
Grand Prix victory!
Click here for show highlights.
Leadline competitor, Rebecca Frost.
Chief of Police Westport Foti Koskinas,
First Selectman of Westport James Marpe, Pheobe Koskinas, First Selectman’s Wife Mary Ellen Marpe, George N. Venizelos, Wendy Nixon, Kathleen Krause
and Frank DiNardo Jr.
Flavia Callari, Will Kees, EQUUS Foundation Chairman, Jenny Belknap-Kees and EQUUS Foundation President, Lynn Coakley
Horse Show Co-Chairs Sean Hogan,
Wynatte Chu & Benedicte Berg
with John E. Franzreb III
Virginia & Oliver Pursche with Friend

The luncheon also featured a silent auction with over 75 items. For the 2nd year in a row, all of the bidding took place online allowing horse lovers both near and far to vie for the variety of items all for a great cause!

Luncheon guests were surprised with a last minute live auction for 2 tickets to the July 12th performance of Hamilton on Broadway. Thanks to Chris Greer, a friend of the Foundation, for jumping in to serve as the auctioneer, the tickets went for the high bid of $5,000.

With this generous donation of $5,000, an additional five horses will be provided with the rescue, rehab, retraining and re-homing they so desperately need. Every dollar makes a difference in the Foundation's effort to make the United States a better and happier place for horses, especially for the over 200,000 currently designated as unwanted.

You can make a difference today too by clicking here.

EQUUS Foundation Vice Chairman, Catherine Herman with husband, Steve and Friends
Tracy Thomson, Emily Callahan & Jen Ross
Henderson & Devoe
Paige Devoe, David Devoe, Elena Devoe, EQUUS Foundation Treasurer, Jane Henderson and Catherine Devoe
Michael & Nancy Sargent
Seated (L-R): Thomas D'Addario Sr., Patricia Keenan-D'Addario & Lawrence D'Addario; Standing: Nick D'Addario, Dawn Mauzual, Caroline Harrison & Bea Hittman
Mejia, Blaney & Filler
Manuela & Lucia Mejia Fanjul
with Maddie Blaney & Gracie Filler
Champs for all!
Bill & Elise Bucknall with George N. Venizelos
Ann Brown with EQUUS Foundation
Board Member, Jenny Schwartz
EQUUS Foundation Board Members, Patricia Keenan D'Addario & Jennifer Kane. Jen also performed the National Anthem!
Susie & Peter Armstrong with
Renee Van Heerden
Miles Frederick Vincent &
Lauren Coakley Vincent

Thank you to our sponsors!
View all our sponsors here.

Official Sponsors & Corporate Partners:
Animal Planet, Ariat International,, and Wells Fargo Advisors LLC & George N. Venizelos.

Gold Medal: Elise & William Bucknall, Phyllis Collins, Fairfield Equine Associates, Friends of EQUUS Foundation, The Gochman Family, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services, and Laure Sudreau.

Silver Medal: The Blaney & Filler Families, Bruderman Asset Management, Mr. & Mrs. David F. DeVoe, Jr., William R. Harris Jr., Dr. & Mrs. Steven Herman, Hi Ho Petroleum, Hospital for Special Surgery, Imperial Dental Associates, PC, Lawrence D'Addario & Patricia J. Keenan, Marylou D'Addario Kennedy and Sean Kennedy, Kennedy Equine Transport, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Mr. & Mrs. Juan Pablo Mejia Fanjul, Virginia & Oliver Pursche, Mr. & Mrs. Eric Ross, Wells Fargo Private Bank/Thomas Belden, and Joel Whidden.

Bronze Medal: Agriventures Agway, Wynatte Chu, DDS, Dr. & Mrs. Charles Cornell, Maniatty & Walker Families, and Barbara & Mark Zand.

Grand Champion: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Conlon, Sean T. Hogan Esq., LLC, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Knadler, Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Rendeiro, Rose Hill Farm, and Gabrielle Guise & Jon Tiktinsky.

Auction Sponsors: American Gold Cup, Robin Augustadt, Barbara's Visions, Mr. & Mrs Timothy Barton, The Bentz Family, Beval Saddlery Ltd,, Charles Ancona, The Cliffs, Clipper Barn of Connecticut, Cor, CRISTA Camp at Miracle Ranch, Elite Health Services, Elvenspun, EquiFit, inc., Equipoise & Vandy Lipman, Fairfield County Hunt Club, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Flower, Diana Friedlander, Olivia Goodnow, Hampton Classic Horse Show, Imperial Dental Associates, Katherine Page, Mama Jane's Global Boutique, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Movement Design Pilates & Wellness, New Canaan Mounted Troop, Newman's Own, Olive & Bettes, Patricia's Presents, Joanne Y. Pierce Fine Art, LLC, Polished by Claire V, M. Scott Redstone, Farrier, Reflections Photography, Allen M. Schoen DVM, Jenny A. Schwartz/William Raveis, Scout & Molly's, Southampton Hunt & Polo Club, Splash of Pink, Uckele Health and Nutrition, and Venture Photography.

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. 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:, Website:
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