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April 15, 2022
 
Esteemed Equestrians and Horse Lovers Celebrated Under the Stars at the Robb Report's Horsepower Gala

The EQUUS Foundation was once again thrilled to be part of a magical evening with high-powered horse lovers and equestrians in Wellington, Florida on March 31st at the Robb Report's Third Annual Horsepower Gala. Attended by a who's who of the equestrian world and renown advocates who love and protect horses, the evening honored five outstanding individuals who elevate equestrian sport and equine welfare in their own unique way. Cristina Cheever, Senior Vice President, RR1 & Live Media, Robb Report, welcomed the guests. The EQUUS Foundation was the beneficiary of the Live Auction and received over $110,000.

The venue for the event was the breathtaking Wellington headquarters and stables of Helgstrand Dressage, with its covered, open-air riding arena transformed into a grand, and elegant party room to accommodate special cocktails, dinner, the awards ceremony, and a live auction.

"The EQUUS Foundation has been incredibly touched and inspired by our growing, collaborative partnership with the Robb Report, and their commitment to equine welfare – especially Sophie Stenbeck who first introduced us to the Robb Report. We also want to thank Gerry Byrne, Vice Chairman, Board Member, Penske Media.

Both Sophie and Gerry were responsible for our joining together to ensure that horses have the ability to thrive throughout all stages of their lives and live with purpose, comfort and dignity," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Engagement.

"We are thrilled to celebrate this partnership tonight – with all of you – who care deeply about the welfare of horses and all they mean to us, and with the five esteemed recipients of tonight's Horsepower awards," continued Angeli.
2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Photo @ Boca by Design
2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Sophie Stenbeck, Monica McCourt and Mimi Sternlicht Photo @ Boca by Design

Recipients of the 2022 Robb Report Horsepower Awards were: Melissa Ganzi, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Beth Behrs, Steven Latham, Beezie Madden and Adrienne Sternlicht. Beth Behrs and Beezie Madden accepted by video.

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Marc Ganzi, Cristina Cheever, Melissa Ganzi, and Grant Ganzi Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Gerry Byrne, Cristina Cheever and Adrienne Sternlicht Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Awards presented to the honorees at the Gala Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Jerry Welch, Patti Gruber, Steven Latham, Gerry Byrne, Neda DeMayo and Chris Heyde Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
The Polo Community Rallying in support of Melissa Ganzi Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Kevin Nairne, Samantha Hallman, Brooke Baldwin, Mary Elizabeth Kent, Camille Branca, Laura Kraut, Margaret Duprey, Tony Branca, Nick Skelton Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Robin Parsky, Beth Johnson, Adrienne Sternlicht, Mimi Sternlicht, Elizabeth Fath and Katherine Kaneb Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Delfina and Nacho Figueras Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Rob Gray, Clementine Goutal and Alex Hamer Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Anne Caroline Valtin and Vaneli Bojkova Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Richard Couto and Valerie Angeli Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Georgina Bloomberg, Valerie Angeli, and Cristina Cheever Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Lydia Albanese, Kristy Clark, Joey Wolffer, Emily Ward, Rebecca Foster and Alexa Pessoa Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Frank and Monica McCourt Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Nic Roldan and Hannah Selleck Photo @ Boca by Design

2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Valerie Angeli, Caroline Delahanty, Susan Alcala, and Joseph Der Photo @ Boca by Design


An exciting ending to the evening was the live auction and live performance artist, Michael Israel, who created a stunning horse-themed work of art, to music, on blank canvas.

When the work emerged, there was an audible gasp in the room when three mustang horses were revealed – a tribute to the artwork associated with Steven Latham's film, "The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses", to promote wild horse protection.


2022 Robb Report Horsepower Gala
Michael Israel Photo @ Boca by Design

In closing, Angeli said, "The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to giving all horses a chance to be healed and empowered, and to give people a chance to be healed and empowered by horses. Together, and with all of you to support our efforts, we can make happy endings for more horses than ever. NOW is this time --- and we hope you'll join us!"



OUR THANKS TO OUR LIVE & SILENT AUCTION SPONSORS
American Equus
Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club
The Boca Raton
Clare O'Neill
Clema's
The Concours Club
Cuvaison
David Erdek Portrait Photography
Donna B Fine Art
Elite Island Resorts
Equiparent
Exclusive Resorts
Melissa Ganzi
Haiku
Lalique
Libertine Fine Art
La Prairie
Lugano Diamonds
Michael Israel
Resorts World Las Vegas
Return to Freedom
RR1 by Robb Report
Jessica Springsteen
XO Jet



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 from peril 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: www.equusfoundation.org.