September 11, 2017
Contact: Lynn Coakley
mail@equusfoundation.org | 203-259-1550

Happy Endings for Adoptable Horses at the Hampton Classic
Adoptable horses awaiting new careers got to shine on two glorious, consecutive days this summer at the 2017 Hampton Classic Horse Show! The Opening Ceremony at the Hampton Classic on Sunday, August 27th, featured our parade of the adoptable horses.

The horses were then showcased at a Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation on Monday, August 28th, as part of the 7th Annual Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Day sponsored by world-class equestrian and our EQUUStar, Georgina Bloomberg, on Monday, August 28, 2017, and featured dogs, cats and horses in search of forever homes.

Photo Credits: Left: Kristen Gray; Right: EQUUS Foundation

"All horses are champions to us," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP Communications. "We are honored to help them find their way home to a new purpose and a new beginning."

A kiss sealed the deal for Mikey, adopted on the spot for her daughter by EQUUS Foundation EQUUStar and world class equestrian, Brianne Goutal Marteau. Now healthy and stunningly beautiful, Mikey was rescued at auction by 13 Hands Equine Rescue in an emaciated and neglected condition. 13 Hands Equine Rescue was one of the five featured equine charities that were invited to join the EQUUS Foundation with adoptable horses at the Hampton Classic event.

"Mickey Blue Eyes will now serve as an Ambassador for so many other beautiful horses like him who just need a chance," said Brianne.

Opening Ceremony
Award-winning author, renowned Animal Welfare Advocate and Host of Animal Planet's upcoming Dog Bowl Specials, Jill Rappaport, EQUUS Foundation Founder and President, Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation VP of Communications, Valerie Angeli, EQUUStar Brianne Goutal-Marteau with Mikey along with the horses of five equine charities drew the applause of crowds on the walk around the Hampton Classic Grand Prix Field to kick off the opening ceremonies.

The five equine charities chosen by the EQUUS Foundation to participate included: 13 Hands Equine Rescue, New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, Our Farm Equine Rescue, Rerun, and Rising Starr Equine Rescue.


Opening Day ceremonies featured a parade of adoptable horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation: Left (L-R): Lynn Coakley, Jill Rappaport, Valerie Angeli, Brianne Goutal-Marteau with Mikey; Right: Irish Veil, a young, adoptable Off-the Track Thoroughbred from New Beginnings Thoroughbreds with his handlers. Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker

Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses
Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Barth Cohen welcomed guests to the Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Day Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses. Joining her for opening remarks were EQUUS Foundation VP Communications, Valerie Angeli, and EQUUSstars Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal-Marteau. Spectators were encouraged to "Meet and Mingle" with the adoptable horses and learn their stories from their handlers.

"We are so grateful to the Hampton Classic and Georgina Bloomberg and Gotham North Enterprizes for this incredible opportunity to showcase our work and to promote horse protection and the timeless bond horses have with people at the most beautiful horse show in the world," said Angeli.

"We were thrilled that all the horses enjoyed the spotlight and attention, and adoption applications are pending for several," said Angeli, "but the purpose of the event was also to educate and inspire horse adoption in general and to encourage people to think no further than their local horse rescue and adoption organization to find their next equine partner."

Special Thanks!

A special thank you from the EQUUS Foundation to Montauk Tackle Company for the custom logo shirts for EQUUS Foundation staff and the logo saddle pads gifted to all adoptable horses - and for donating 15% of all sales at their boutique at the Hampton Classic during the week to the EQUUS Foundation!

As well, thank you to Noosa Yoghurt, Wolffer Estate Vineyards, Boar's Head and Essentia Water for providing snacks at our Equine Adoption event and to the HEART Horse Ambulance which joined us in the ring at our event and was open for tours and demonstrations of their state-of-the-art life-saving horse rescue equipment. What a wonderful week for all horses at the Hampton Classic this year, and we loved being a part of it!
Opening Remarks at the "Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses" were made by (left to right): Shanette Barth Cohen, Valerie Angeli, Georgina Bloomberg, and Brianne Goutal-Marteau. Photo Credit: Lisa Tamburini
It was a beautiful day for the "Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses" at Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Day 2017 with horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation. Photo Credit: Lisa Tamburini
Each equine adoption organization was also encouraged to have an information table so that visitors could learn about their unique work in giving horses second chances. Photo Credit: EQUUS Foundation
Dougie, a sweet, former Amish cart horse rescued and presented for adoption by 13 Hands Equine Rescue, meets a fan at our Equine Adoption Day. Photo Credit: Kristin Gray
EQUUStar Georgina Bloomberg and Valerie Angeli give some love to Griffin, a rescued Rocky Mountain Horse brought to the event by Rising Starr Equine Rescue. Photo Credit: Kristin Gray
Miss Chickadee, an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred presented for adoption by Rerun, shows off her jumping skills. Photo Credit: Kristin Gray
Georgina Bloomberg meets Steel, an accomplished, senior former show horse presented for adoption by Rerun. Photo Credit: Kristin Gray
Sadie from Our Farm Equine Rescue meets some fans. Photo Credit: Kristin Gray
Logo saddle pads were gifted to all the adoptable horses at the event, courtesy of Montauk Tackle Company. Photo Credit: EQUUS Foundation
Selfies with Adoptable Horses were also part of the day to spread awareness. Dougie from 13 Hands Equine Rescue is a selfie pro and shows this fan how it's done! Photo Credit: Kristin Gray

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.

About the Hampton Classic: The Hampton Classic is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, and a premier destination for horse people. A much-anticipated stop on the summer tour, the Hampton Classic Horse Show is in a class all its own, both in the minds of spectators and horse people alike. Contact the Hampton Classic at PO Box 3013, Bridgehampton, NY 11932, Tele: (631) 537-3177, E-Mail: Info@HamptonClassic.com, Website: www.hamptonclassic.com/.
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