July 5, 2017
Contact: Lynn Coakley
mail@equusfoundation.org | 203-259-1550

2017 Fairfield Horse Show Raises Awareness and Funds for Horse Welfare
Thursday, June 22nd was a sunny and hopeful day for adoptable horses of many types, shapes and sizes at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut. Adoptable Mustangs, Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB), Miniature Horses and a Rocky Mountain Horse (pony) were present with their rescuers and handlers who demonstrated what these horses can do and amazed visitors with their rescue stories.

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Kisses and Homes for Adoptable Minis
Adoptable Mini Horses Getting Kisses from their Handlers at EQUUS Foundation Equine Adoption Day
Photo courtesy of Geoff Tischman


The $30,000 Fairfield Grand Prix was the highlight for guests attending the EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon on Saturday, June 24th at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut. With champagne in hand, guests were treated to a bountiful buffet of delectables prepared by award-winning chef and "Chopped Judge" Sue Torres, the Club's Executive Chef, and enjoyed a beautiful day and exciting show jumping competition.

EQUUS Foundation President Lynn Coakley welcomed guests, thanking the Club leadership and staff for its continued support and recognizing the show co-chairs, Benedicte Berg, Wynatte Chu, and Sean Hogan, and EQUUS Foundation Board members, Jenny Belknap Kees, Chair, Catherine Herman, Vice Chair, Jane Henderson, Secretary-Treasurer, along with Directors, Patty Keenan, Dr. Rick Mitchell, and Anne Walker.

"We are so happy we had a full house of wonderful guests again this year who turned out to enjoy the exciting equestrian competition, delicious summer fare, and best of all, to support our cause of keeping America's at-risk horses safe and loved," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP Communications.

"It is so easy to think that all horses are cared for and cherished like the beautiful horses people see at horse shows like Fairfield - but the truth is, behind the scenes, many thousands of horses across the country suffer neglect, abandonment, abuse and slaughter when they simply become unlucky due to no fault of their own. These powerful yet fragile, sensitive animals give us their all and this gathering was a day to give back to them."

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Lynn Coakley thanks CallariCars for their long-standing support and wishes Flavia Callari a happy birthday
Photos courtesy of Reflections Photography

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe with Jenny Belknap Kees, Board Chair, EQUUS Foundation, and Mary Ellen Marpe
Photo courtesy of Geoff Tischman

Annette French, Sarah Reynard Epifano, Fairfield County Hunt Club President, and Deb Placey
Photo courtesy of Geoff Tischman


It was all smiles for Katie Tyler and Shet Du Thot claiming victory at the Fairfield Grand Prix on Saturday, June 24th, having also just won the Ox Ridge Grand Prix the week before. Thanks to CallariCars.com, Official Car Sponsor, Katie's prizes also included not one but two new 2017 MINI Coopers for the summer courtesy of MINI of Fairfield County.

"We all thought with the downpour on Saturday morning that the Grand Prix would move to the sand ring – but the sun broke through just in time. We are grateful to the show management led by William Aguirre, the Grand Prix competitors, the show co-chairs Benedicte Berg, Wynatte Chu and Sean Hogan, and the Fairfield County Hunt Club for making this happen," said EQUUS Foundation President Lynn Coakley.

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Tyler Callari Jump
Katie Tyler aboard Shet Du Thot Tyler wins Mini
Ringmaster John E. Franzreb III joins Flavia Callari of CallariCars.com, to present the 2nd set of MINI keys to Grand Prix winner Katie Tyler
2017 Fairfield Grand Prix Presentation
John E. Franzreb III, Lynn Coakley, Flavia Callari, Benedicte Berg, Sean Hogan and Wynatte Chu
Photos courtesy of Reflections Photography

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States dedicated solely to horse welfare and the horse-human bond. 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: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: equusfoundation.org.
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