WESTPORT, CT – September 2, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of $272,000 in grants to charities dedicated to ensuring the well-being of horses, improving the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies, and fostering the horse-human bond. In addition to the grants to equine organizations, the Foundation also awarded $11,500 in scholarships to equine volunteers participating in the Foundation’s CHAMPIONS program thanks to EQUUS Foundation Partner Ariat International.
“Our success in raising funds is directly related to donor confidence in our evaluation and selection process,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board. “We have developed one of the most comprehensive and impartial verification processes over the years, including standards for the management and operation of a charity either directly or indirectly responsible for the care of horses,” continued Belknap-Kees.
The EQUUS Foundation launched a new program this year, MESSENGERS, to recognize and reward organizations on the Foundation’s Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency by their willingness to publish and make available critical data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance. Only organizations approved as Messengers are eligible to apply for grants. In addition, thanks to EQUUS Foundation Partner The Michele & Agnese Cestone Foundation, nine Messengers were selected by random to receive grants ranging from $500 to $1,000.
The program is modeled on the same concept as Guidestar as a free information service. Organizations are in fact required to provide the necessary information to Guidestar to be recognized as a Silver Level Exchange Member before they are approved as Messengers so that both general and equine-related information is easily accessible to the general public. A link is available on the organization’s Equine Welfare Network profile connecting the visitor to the organization’s Guidestar profile. In addition, links are available on the organization’s Equine Welfare Network profile allowing the visitor to review detailed information on the organization’s equine policies and practices.
The EQUUS Foundation is proud to announce that the following organizations received grants and scholarships this year:
Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary, Inc.
American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Inc.
American Vaulting Association
Animal Assisted Therapy Services, Inc.
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
Brook Hill Farm
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Celtic Charms Inc.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER Michigan)
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Eagle Mount Bozeman
Equestrian Aid Foundation
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center
Free Rein Therapeutic Riding
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC)
Gleneayre Equestrian Program
Green Chimneys Children’s Services, Inc.
H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Inc.
Heavenly Horse Haven
Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, Inc.
Heroes on Horseback
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center
Humane Equine Aid & Rapid Transport (HEART)
Illinois Equine Humane Center, NFP
Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation, Inc.
Interscholastic Equestrian Association
Kentucky Equine Humane Center
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.
Mylestone Equine Rescue
National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics( NAEAA)
National Horse Show Association of America
New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship
People & Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS)
Ray of Light Farm
Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center
Riding Unlimited Inc
Rio Bravo Therapy Services, Inc DBA Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso
Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue Inc.
Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc.
Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc,
Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program
Seven Star Horse & Family Center
Shining Hope Farms
SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers
Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.
Special People United to Ride
Standardbred Retirement Foundation
Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc.
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Inc.
United States Pony Clubs, Inc.
Unwanted Horse Coalition
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
Washington International Horse Show Assn. Ltd
We Will Ride Therapeutic Riding Inc.
Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Wings and Hooves Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
About The EQUUS Foundation
The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, advancing the use of horses to enrich the lives of people in need and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. What started as a local effort is now a nationwide campaign on behalf of horses. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing financial support to horse-related charities across the United States; connecting a network of equine organizations to equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about 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: email@example.com, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.