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December 15, 2022

Judy Richter Honored as EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperer


Much has been said of Judy Richter (1939-2022), and there have been many deserving tributes to her life and dedication to horses. The EQUUS Foundation joins those who have been touched by this wonderful horsewoman and is honored to announce the establishment of the Judith Richter Memorial Horse Whisperer Award.


Widely known as a mentor to aspiring young riders - many of whom are professionals today, Judy was also a mentor to the EQUUS Foundation twenty years ago. "The EQUUS Foundation was just a concept when I approached Judy for her advice about forming an organization to assist local equine charities based in Connecticut and nearby in New York ," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. "Without hesitation, Judy joined the inaugural board of directors to help raise awareness of our mission. Throughout the next 20 years, Judy continued to offer guidance -- and kind words on our progress."


"My mother added so much value to so many lives. This is a wonderful way to honor her," said Philip Richter, Judy's son.

Judith H. Richter (1939-2022)

Judy Richter courtesy of the Richter Family

The EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors designates individuals posthumously as Horse Whisperers in recognition of their life-long dedication to and impact on protecting America's horses from peril and strengthening the horse-human bond. The EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors also designates individuals and organizations as Horse Whisperers in recognition of their commitment to provide substantial and much needed resources to ensure that America's horses are safe and live with dignity throughout their lives.


EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperers are honored by the EQUUS Foundation with the establishment of an award in their names to be presented to equines charities selected by the Board of Directors from among grant recipients that best align with the interests of the Horse Whisperers.


The Judith Richter Memorial Horse Whisperer Award will be presented in September 2023 in recognition of her life-long dedication to horses as a horsewoman of the highest standards and mentor to aspiring riders.

Learn more about us at equusfoundation.org/horsewhisperers

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.