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Equestrian Aid Foundation Announces New Horse Show Program

Wellington, Fla. – May 8, 2017 – The Equestrian Aid Foundation announced their new horse show program, Show You Care. The organization provides financial assistance to members of the horse community who suffer from catastrophic illness and injury and they are reaching out to horse show managers across the country to help them with their mission.

“Linda Andrisani, a well-respected US Equestrian “R” judge, and other Foundation board members convinced us to launch this horse show program,” said Louise Smith, executive director of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. “The concept is aligned with our goals to spread awareness of the organization, gain support and help more horse people in need.”

Andrisani faced the unknown when she and her lifelong partner, Jack Stedding, had to downsize their top show hunter business due to illness. “The EAF came in and supplemented the loss of my income and helped me get back on my feet,” Andrisani said. “I had never really been aware of the depth of the work that they did for so many of the horse people.”

The Show You Care program is a simple way for horse show managers to support the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s mission of helping critically ill and injured horse people – from riders and grooms to judges and ground crew; the very people who populate show grounds day after day.

How the program works is simple and straight-forward. Show managers designate a warmup or schooling class in the hunter and jumper divisions as a Show You Care class. Then the show managers choose a percentage of each entry fee, from 5 to 50 percent, per designated class to donate to the Equestrian Aid Foundation at the end of the show. Because the Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible. Show managers control the depth of their contribution by their selection of the classes and the percentage of contribution.

Caring about seriously injured or ill members of the equestrian community is a great message for show managers to send, and the Equestrian Aid Foundation will promote your support in the press, on the web, in email marketing and in our social media.

Upon completing their rounds in the Show You Care class, competitors will receive a green Show You Care lapel ribbon, provided by the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Riders are encouraged to wear their ribbons throughout the show and share their photos on social media (hashtags #ShowYouCare and #EquestrianAidFoundation). Winners of a monthly Show You Care social media photo contest will win a prize.

Show managers may sign up now for the Show You Care program for their 2017 summer and fall horse shows. Contact Emily Cleland at Emily@EquestrianAid.org.

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Win a Trip to Aspen and Help an Equestrian in Need

Tired of the winter blahs? Want to hit the slopes for some sunny spring skiing, or simply ready to take a break from the horse show circuit?

Thanks to the generosity of a wonderful sponsor, you have the chance to win a fantastic Aspen get-away and support the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s mission to help horse people with catastrophic injuries or illness.

Ski, hike, bike, kayak, shop, dine or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. It’s YOUR turn to Defy Ordinary!

Just register, and start bidding! The package starts at only $5,000 for 5 nights at a designer townhouse that is walking distance to town and Aspen Mountain and sleeps 8.

Place your bid NOW to relax in style and support a great cause. Funds raised will make a difference in the life of an equestrian in need.

LOGIN TIP:  When you create your account, it’s easy to simply enter EAF and your last name, for example EAFJones. That way, it’s simple to remember your login and keep tabs on the auction.

Happy bidding!

The Equestrian Aid Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Since its inception 20 years ago, the Foundation has granted $2.7 million in direct financial aid to equestrians facing adversity. Our needs-based support provides assistance with basic living and rehabilitative expenses to riders, trainers, farriers, grooms, horse farm owners and other equestrians who need a helping hand to get back on their feet. For more information, please visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Spectacular “ALTHEA” a Sold-Out Smash Hit

Former Cavalia performer S. Caleb Carinci Asch. DDeRosa photo.

Wellington, Fla. Feb. 20, 2017 – Greater Palm Beach County enthusiasts and equestrians gathered Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Global Dressage Festival Stadium for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s annual gala. General admission tickets and VIP tables for “Althea,” featuring former Cavalia artists, were completely sold out. The evening raised funds to support Equestrian Aid Foundation programs that provide financial assistance to those in the equestrian community suffering from catastrophic illness and injury.

“For this year’s benefit, we decided to take a unique approach. We provided a magical and magnificent experience presented by both humans and horses,” said Equestrian Aid Foundation President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “This organization is incredibly grateful to Keith Greco for this compelling performance. The success will provide Equestrian Aid with the opportunity to help many horsemen and horsewomen in need.”

Produced by Greco, an award-winning California production designer, “Althea” was a tribute to the relationship between horses and humans. The equestrian ballet told the story of Argos, a horseman who is crippled and in despair and finds himself in a land where a magical stallion, Althea, has the power to heal.

Former Cavalia headliners Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci-Asch, Kansas Carradine, other equestrian artists and their horses engaged the audience with their spectacular performance, created exclusively for the one-time event. The evening included a live and silent auction, with unique items such as a vintage Mercedes, a month of training with Rio Olympic Dressage team member, Steffen Peters, and a sunset yacht cruise.

“I was excited to produce this event for a wonderful organization such as Equestrian Aid Foundation,” Greco said. “There are so many in need of assistance from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Without Equestrian Aid they would be lost. I look forward to seeing how the success of this evening will help those in need.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Since its inception 20 years ago, the Foundation has granted $2.7 million in direct financial aid to equestrians facing adversity. Our needs-based support provides assistance with basic living and rehabilitative expenses to riders, trainers, farriers, grooms, horse farm owners and other equestrians who need a helping hand to get back on their feet. For more information, please visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

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Sirota Public Relations
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Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Night of Enchantment

Keith Greco’s Althea Raised Unprecedented Funds for Horsemen and Women in Need

Wellington, Fla. February 15, 2017 — Palm Beach County and their equestrian communities gathered together on Sunday, February 12 for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s annual event, a night that they will never forget. Althea was held at The Global Dressage Festival Stadium of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

“For this year’s benefit, we decided to take a unique approach. We provided a magical and magnificent experience presented by both humans and horses,” said Equestrian Aid President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “This organization is incredibly grateful to Keith Greco for this compelling performance. The success of tonight will provide Equestrian Aid with the opportunity to help many horsemen and horsewomen in need.”

Produced by Keith Greco, Althea was a tribute to the one of a kind relationship between horses and humans. The equestrian ballet told the story of Argos, a horseman who is crippled and despairing, who finds himself in a land where a magical stallion, Althea, has the power to heal. The evening raised money to support Equestrian Aid programs that provide financial assistance to those in the equestrian community suffering from chronic illness and injury.

Former Cavalia headliners Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci-Asch, Kansas Carradine, other equestrian artists, and their breathtaking horses kicked off the evening with their spectacular performance, which was created exclusively for the night. The evening included VIP cocktails and dinner, as well as a live and silent auction, with unique items such as a vintage Mercedes, a month of training with Rio Olympic Dressage team member, Steffen Peters, and a sunset yacht cruise.

“I was excited to produce this event for a wonderful organization such as Equestrian Aid Foundation,” said Keith Greco. “There are so many men and women in need of assistance from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Without Equestrian Aid they would be lost. I look forward to seeing how the success of this evening will help those in need.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised over $2.6 million in its nearly twenty year history to assist individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with serious injury or illness. For more information about the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit equestrianaidfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook. You can make a difference in the lives of horse people in need.

Contact: Jessica Greene, Sirota Public Relations
212.486.3319, jessica@sirotapr.com

Tickets on Sale for Althea, Former Cavalia Artists, in an Evening of Enchantment

Sylvia Zerbini and her liberty stallions. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Zerbini.

Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 16, 2017 – Tickets are now on sale for “Althea,” an evening of enchantment as humans and horses discover the magical powers of healing through a breathtaking performance. Seating is limited for this captivating and entertaining event. “Althea” is scheduled for one night only, Feb. 12, at the Global Dressage Festival Stadium in Wellington.

This once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience features former Cavalia artists Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci Asch, Kansas Carradine, other mounted cast members, and their magnificent horses. These performers have wowed fans across the country with their incredible feats with their beautiful horses. Equestrians and non-equestrians will marvel at the depth of the connection between the artists and their equine partners required for this performance.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating options include VIP tickets and tables with cocktails and dinner or general admission seating for the performance. Highlights of the event’s live auction include a vintage Mercedes, a month of training with a Rio Olympic team member, a sunset yacht cruise and more.

“Althea” is a gala benefit for the Equestrian Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised over $2.6 million in its nearly 20-year history to assist individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with serious injury or illness.

To purchase tickets, go to: www.AltheaTickets.com.

Althea is a gala benefit for the Equestrian Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Since its inception 20 years ago, the Foundation has granted $2.7 million in direct financial aid to equestrians facing adversity. This needs-based support provides assistance for basic living and rehabilitative expenses to riders, trainers, farriers, grooms, horse farm owners and other equestrians who need a helping hand to get back on their feet. For more information, please visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

For more information:
Contact (908) 803-1535 or janise@equestrianaid.org.

Media Contact:
Jessica Greene
Sirota Public Relations
(917) 783-2334
jessica@sirotapr.com

You Can Keep Hope Alive

An equestrian’s life can change in an instant. Accidents happen, illness strikes. Even those with insurance can risk losing everything when things go wrong. This may happen to a friend or rider in your barn. Your trainer, groom or farrier. Any of us.

Thanks to your compassion, the Equestrian Aid Foundation® has been there in times of need for over 20 years. Your support has made it possible to help horse people in over 30 states across America to keep a roof over their heads, obtain medication, and receive therapeutic treatment to improve their lives.

Together, we have provided over $2.6 million in direct financial assistance to critically injured or ill horse people in need of a helping hand.

One of these equestrians is Laurietta, a determined para-equestrian who has beaten two different forms of cancer. Yet she still suffers from progressively debilitating auto-immune diseases that significantly affect her health. Today, Laurietta can only walk short distances using braces – otherwise, she relies on a motorized wheelchair. “I live life as good as I can,” she says. “If it wasn’t for Equestrian Aid helping me pay my rent, I would probably be on the streets. People have the option of helping people – and when they help, it is really meaningful.”

You have been with Equestrian Aid grant recipients like Laurietta every step of the way.  Thank you! But with healthcare costs and living expenses on the rise, fellow equestrians who are coping with medical and financial crises need you more than ever.

Please send a tax deductible gift of healing today to those in our equestrian community who need it most. Every contribution will make a difference in a suffering horse person’s life.

You are Equestrian Aid. Please help to keep hope alive.

To see firsthand how your generous gift helps, please visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

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Equestrian Aid Foundation Celebrates Milestone 20th Anniversary

Photo: Nic Roldan.

Leading Non-Profit reflects on serving equestrians from all corners of the horse world

Wellington, FL. Aug. 23, 2016 – The Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce its twentieth year as the leading nonprofit that assists individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with catastrophic injury or illness.

Equestrian Aid was founded in 1996 by six-time Olympic dressage rider, Robert Dover, together with R. Scot Evans, Gene Mische, Mason Phelps, Jr., Robert Ross and Kim Tudor. Initially, the organization focused on providing financial support to those battling HIV/AIDS. Some ten years ago, the Foundation broadened its mission to provide needs-based assistance for basic living and rehabilitation expenses to any equestrian who is suffering from a severe or life-threatening illness or injury.

“The Equestrian Aid Foundation has made a difference in the lives of so many,” states Stephanie Bulger, Equestrian Aid Foundation Board President. “This milestone celebrates all of those who share our mission. Special appreciation goes to our donors, who have embraced the responsibility that we have as horse lovers and horse-sport participants to take care of our own. We join our grant recipients in sending heartfelt thanks to all of those who have supported Equestrian Aid throughout these 20 years.”

Since its inception, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has provided over $2.5 million in direct grant support to recipients in 30 states across America. As the Foundation’s reputation expands nationally, opportunities are also growing for Equestrian Aid to provide essentials such as food and housing, health insurance, transportation, physical therapy, and more to a greater number of equestrians in need.

To meet this challenge, Equestrian Aid has hired its first Executive Director, Louise Smith. “As a dressage rider and farm owner, I understand how quickly life can change for people involved with horses. When equestrians become seriously hurt or ill, they sometimes risk losing everything,” says Smith. “As more people understand our purpose, I believe that they will want to get involved and help.”

Steven Castillo was a leading dressage trainer and promising “l” judge for the United States Dressage Federation in 1997. When he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, Steven turned to Equestrian Aid to help pay for medical and housing expenses since his prognosis.

“After discovering the Equestrian Aid Foundation, my life truly changed,” states Steven. “The fear of not being about to put food on the table or pay medical expenses was wiped away. Equestrian Aid has been my biggest blessing.”

A more recent Equestrian Aid grantee is Linda Andrisani, one of the most well-respected hunter judges in the country. In March 2011, Linda was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the right parotid gland. As a result, she was unable to work for a period of time, but has since recovered.

“After my diagnosis, I didn’t know if my life would ever go back to normal,” Linda reflects. “The Equestrian Aid Foundation helped to provide a sense of security that created hope in spite of life’s circumstances.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised over $2.5 million in its nearly twenty year history to assist individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with serious injury or illness.

For more information about the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit equestrianaidfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook. You can make a difference in the lives of horse people in need.

Contact: Jessica Greene, Sirota Public Relations
212.486.3319, Jessica@sirotapr.com

20 Years of Equestrian Aid

“There but for the grace of God go I. If it were not for the Equestrian Aid Foundation, I would be on the other side of the table at the soup kitchen.” — Joe, Equestrian Aid grant recipient

It all began around a different table. One night 20 years ago, over dinner, five friends established a common goal: to make the world a better place for seriously ill equestrians.

Today, the Equestrian Aid Foundation continues to effect a world of good for catastrophically ill and injured equestrians facing financial crisis.

We’ve all heard that life can change in an instant. For Joe, it did. A talented farrier, he didn’t hesitate to shoe a horse that had the reputation for being challenging. Unfortunately, the horse fell on him. At first all seemed fine. Joe went to lunch with his assistant, but as they went to leave, he couldn’t stand up and knew something was horribly wrong.

Joe had suffered major spinal cord injuries. He underwent surgery but was told he would never walk again. But Joe has faith and determination. That, paired with financial assistance from the Equestrian Aid Foundation, has allowed him to literally put one foot in front of the other. Although Joe will never shoe horses again, he willed himself to walk and continues to rebuild his life each and every day.

Prior to his accident, Joe was the one who rescued others. He volunteered at his church’s soup kitchen every week and nurtured everything from dogs to doves. He still does. Through hardship, Joe and many other equestrians just like him have maintained the essence of their being while overcoming catastrophic injury or illness and financial crisis.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation marks its 20th Anniversary milestone this year.

For your donations, both small and large, our recipients thank you. For your belief that the equestrian community can and will take care of its own, we thank you.

Together, we can make a difference!

To see first-hand how your generous gift helps, please visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at info@equestrianaid.org or 1.800.792.6068.

Equestrian Aid Foundation Announces Wellington Charity Film Screening

Exclusive screening of Nantucket and Prescott Film Festival Winner Harry and Snowman

Wellington, FL. January 5, 2015 – As equestrians from around the world head to Wellington, Florida for the winter, the Equestrian Aid Foundation is offering an exclusive screening of award winning documentary, Harry and Snowman.

The Harry and Snowman advance movie screening will take place on Sunday, February 21st at the Global Dressage Stadium at 13500 South Shore Blvd. The Luminary Award, which yearly is bestowed upon an individual who is committed to the betterment of horse sports and the people within the community, will be presented to Harry de Leyer.

The money raised will go to support EAF’s mission to help equestrian professionals in their time of need. Guests will enjoy a variety of picnic style food trucks, popcorn, ice cream and cocktails while experiencing Harry de Leyer’s Cinderella story.

Harry and Snowman is a feature length documentary about international show jumping rider Harry de Leyer and his horse Snowman. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck bound for a meat and glue factory. In less than two years after his rescue, the man and his horse were the national show jumping champions and had become national celebrities.

“We are excited to be hosting a fun, family friendly evening that we hope will bring together people from both the community and the equestrian world,” said President of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “EAF would love to share with all of Wellington this remarkable story that has been able to touch the hearts of a nation.”

In additional to General Admission, VIP tickets and tables will be available for purchase to all attendees. For more information or to order tickets, please visit https://harryandsnowman.eventbrite.com.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For 19 years, the EAF has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. In September 2012, the EAF reached a milestone of distributing more than $2 million in funding to its recipients throughout its history. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

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Equestrian Aid Foundation Honors Mark Bellissimo at “A Night of Legends”

Mark Bellissimo. Photo credit: Julie Unger.

Wellington, Florida. February 22, 2015 – The equestrian community and Palm Beach residents gathered together on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s “A Night of Legends.” An evening of cocktails, dinner and unique entertainment, the event was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and raised money to support horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injury.

White Horse Catering provided a delicious buffet with Mediterranean cuisine, assorted cheeses and dips, crab cakes and more available for VIP members, and local food trucks showcased their best offerings for purchase.

Coti Collins and Ted Brightwell brought smiles and joy to guests when they took the stage as Judy Garland, Reba McEntire, and Barbara Streisand for the surprise musical performance. They opened with a magnificent spotlight on the songs of Judy Garland by Collins that included a duet with Brightwell as Barbara Streisand. Then Brightwell dazzled during a Funny Girl blend of “I’m the Greatest Star” and “My Man.”

During intermission, EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger bestowed the 2015 Luminary Award upon Mark Bellissimo for all his positive efforts to enhance and enlighten the equestrian community, becoming the sixth person honored since 2012.

“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award,” said Bellissimo. “The Equestrian Aid Foundation serves as a lifeline to horsemen in need, and with all the wonderful work that they do to support our community, it is humbling to be honored for my contributions.”

A live auction allowed patrons to bid on an exclusive list of packages, which included an African safari, a trip to a movie premiere, an all-inclusive yacht excursion for six, and more. One lucky Diamond Drop raffle ticket purchaser went home with a diamond donated by Jose Aman at Diamante Atelier.

Following the break, Collins and Brightwell returned to the stage for the second set, delighting the audience with some modern Barbara Streisand melodies and culminating with a Reba McEntire mix by Collins that brought down the house.

“For this year’s annual benefit during the Winter Equestrian Festival, we decided to focus on fun and allow our guests to relax in a rewarding, concert atmosphere,” said EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “The organization is incredibly grateful to Mark for the remarkable opportunities that he creates within the horse world, making it efficient and welcoming. Shining a light on his success and how he helps with the Equestrian Aid Foundation was our way of thanking him.”

Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer hosted the event along with co-chairs Robert Ross, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Monique Huntington Ketiz and Missy Luczak Smith.

Guests headed to The Grill after the conclusion of the event for a private after party with a percentage of profits benefiting the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: The mission of the Equestrian Aid Foundation is to provide grand-based assistance to horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injuries. The EAF is dedicated to helping people of all ages and from all backgrounds and disciplines, offering funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses. The goal is to empower recipients and provide necessary tools to overcome adversity. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

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