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January 23, 2020
Strong Start to Rider's Closet Partnership with Manhattan Saddlery

Equestrian apparel donations collected at the December 18 launch party announcing the partnership between Manhattan Saddlery and The Rider's Closet are already making a big difference in the lives of deserving riders around the U.S.!

The in-store launch party celebrated the addition of Manhattan Saddlery as a drop-off location for The Rider's Closet, a program founded in 2006 by Georgina Bloomberg that merged with the EQUUS Foundation in 2019. Attendees were encouraged to bring new or gently used riding apparel, and as usual, Manhattan Saddlery's great customers delivered: The Rider's Closet received an abundance of adult and youth equestrian clothing and boots.

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Guests at the December 18 launch event © Manhattan Saddlery

"Within the past month, we have fulfilled dozens of requests, and many of the packages have included items from generous Manhattan Saddlery donors," noted The Rider's Closet's executive director, Christine Fitzgerald. "Breeches, boots, show coats, half chaps and other apparel collected on December 18 have already gone out to riders in need around the country."

"We are receiving heartfelt thank-you notes from the adults and children we serve telling us how important our mission is to them. We could not do this work without the help of our donors, and we deeply appreciate everyone who gives to our program."

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Rider's Closet founder Georgina Bloomberg chats with apparel donor Anne Landsman at the December event. © Valerie Angeli/EQUUS Foundation

Manhattan Saddlery's owner Nick Tsang, could not be more pleased about the relationship, saying, "Since 1912, our shop has been committed to serving every segment of the English riding community."

"It is rewarding to extend that support to equestrians in need as the official NYC drop-off location for The Rider's Closet." Anyone who stops by our historic shop with new or gently used apparel for donation receives a 15% discount on new merchandise.

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Donated items, including some from the store event, ready to be packed up and sent out to riders in need © Christine Fitzgerald
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Manhattan Saddlery owner Nick Tsang with full donation trunk © Christine Fitzgerald

The Rider's Closet accepts all show and schooling apparel except helmets and protective vests. Donated items are tax-deductible through the EQUUS Foundation, and The Rider's Closet shares the apparel with scholastic teams, equestrian camp programs, pony clubs, equine charities, therapeutic riding centers and individual riders in need of assistance throughout the U.S.

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In addition to being a Rider's Closet drop-off location, Manhattan Saddlery offers a full suite of equestrian services for your every need! Let us help you with:
Saddle Fitting, Saddle Trials, & Custom Saddles
Custom Boots & Shoes
Boot Repairs
Tack Cleaning & Repair
Monograms & Embroidery
Engraving & Plates
Tack Trunks
Custom Helmets
Custom Horse Clothing & Stable Fittings
Custom Show Clothing
Helmet Crash Replacement Policies
Our store is open 10-7 every day! You can also call us at (212) 673-1400 or email sales@manhattansaddlery.

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ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. 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 MANHATTAN SADDLERY: Manhattan Saddlery, located at 117 E. 24th Street and online at manhattansaddlery.com/, is New York City's only remaining equestrian tack shop. Founded in 1912 as Miller Harness Company, the equine supply business catered to English riders of all levels from Olympians to pony kids through its physical store and popular mail order catalog for almost 80 years. The store transitioned to become Manhattan Saddlery in 2002, remaining deeply committed through present day to upholding and exceeding its heritage of high quality equestrian goods and exceptional customer service.