Category Archives: Equestrian Aid Found.

Equestrian Aid Foundation Upcoming Events

We often hear from people asking us about attending events in their area and it is challenging to be everywhere we want to be. But, you’ll find that Texas, Georgia, Nevada, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are represented! If you’re hosting an event that you’d like to benefit EAF, let us know and we’ll help you make it a big success!

In Nov., we’ll be hosting a celebration and launch of EAF’s endowment program, which honors legendary horsemen Charlie Weaver. We’ll be at the Alltech National Horse Show in the Gracie Street Garden in Lexington, Ky., which seems natural as Charlie was so successful at the National Horse Shows of the past. Join us as we start a new chapter and be part of a legacy that continues to help those in need for years to come.

The EAF is proud to take part in two events coming in October, where we’ll be the beneficiary of silent auctions. The first is a country music party, auction and awards hosted by the Women’s Horse Industry Network. The second is a BBQ and auction held during the Southeastern Fall Classic Hunter Jumper Show’s mini prix near Atlanta. It will be exciting to share EAF’s mission and good works with new friends.

Make sure you catch the recaps of the first helmet incentive at the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover and the 3rd Annual Play It Forward Poker Tournament at the High Roller Reining Classic. It’s always so much fun to see those highly competitive reining riders take it to the poker table! Visit our Facebook page to see some great shots from EAF Friend Alden Corrigan! This event would be impossible without her and Mandi Brumley of Brumley Management Group. Thanks to all for again putting on a terrific show and event. Special thanks to our sponsors FarmVet and an anonymous donor, and to all the wonderful companies that provided a fully stuffed goody bag for the players.

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WHIN’s 3rd Annual Business Networking Expo

Our 3rd Annual Business Networking Expo, the 1st Annual WHINNY awards and the Rhythm & Hooves Benefit is coming along nicely. Winners of the WHINNY awards include such well-known artists as Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Lacy J. Dalton and Templeton Thompson as well as music industry notables such as Mike and Martha Borchetta and Bonnie Garner. Donations are coming in for our silent auction which will benefit the Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and Sponsorships are now available and information may be obtained by calling 615-730-7833. The events will be televised on HRTV on a delayed basis to millions of viewers.

Exhibitors who have signed up so far include:

My Girlz Clothing Company
Lisa Wysocky – Author, Clinician (new book coming out soon!)
Sciencepure Nutraceuticals, Inc.
Mountain Feather Originals
Rebecca Cagle, BS, CAPLC – Professional Equestrian Life Coach and Equestrian Book Author
Equinature, LLC
Colleen Kelly – World-Renowned Clinician/Speaker
Randi Thompson – How To Market Your Horse Business
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American Association of Riding Schools, Inc.
E3A Equine Experiential Education Association
Easy Mile Log
Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc.
EQ Bookkeeping
Natural Solutions by Anke, LLC
Exclusive Equestrian Services
Equine Wellness Magazine

“We have some great exhibitors already signed up and since we are still two months away we expect our exhibit space to be sold out very soon. The events are really going to be fun for our attendees and we know from past experience that a lot of business will be done,” states WHIN Executive Director, Catherine Masters.

WHIN has more than 750 members in all areas of the horse industry and offers every kind of product and service you can imagine.

For additional information, please visit WOMEN’S HORSE INDUSTRY or call 615-730-7833.

Willie Nelson and Family Win WHINNY Awards

Nashville, TN – July 12, 2011 – It’s become not only a mission with a passion, but one that has members of the Nelson family standing up and doing whatever they can to stop the slaughter of horses.

Willie Nelson has been an advocate against the slaughter of wild horses for years and of the almost 70 horses he owns, 25-30 were rescued directly from slaughter. He believes it’s our job to protect them and makes it a point to support many of the groups that work in this area. His passion and advocacy
is being shared by his family.

His daughter Amy and granddaughter Raelyn have joined in the fight testifying against the slaughter of horses and are making it a point to work with the State of Tennessee’s legislative branch to keep the dialog about any laws concerning these issues open.

“Here’s another great example of someone with high visibility taking the time to support this cause and who brings along not only his family but thousands of fans around the world to join him. There’s a reason why people like Willie Nelson. The man shows his dedication to horses and doing the right thing every day of his life. Willie definitely walks the talk,” states WHIA Executive Director, Catherine Masters.

The Whinnys are an awards program set up by the Women’s Horse Industry Association. The awards will be given out on October 6 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Rhythm and Hooves benefit to save horses. The event will raise funds for three equine charities: The Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and The benefit will be a part of the WHIA’s Annual conference (October 6-8 at the Radisson Hotel Opryland) where women in the horse industry will gather to exchange information and business.

For additional information on the WHIA and its upcoming conference and benefit, please visit Women’s Horse Industry or call 615-730-7833.

Making Strides in the Ride for Hope!

H. Rick Albertson photo by Carien Schippers

There isn’t anything quite like being able to stand on your own two feet, but sometimes things happen that requires us to rely on our friends for support.

That’s what drives the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Helping those who need a helping hand to stand again on their own.

We have a special story of survival and hope from recipient H. Rick Albertson. Several may remember his story and I’m sure you will appreciate an update on this charismatic man. Also more exciting news with a recap of our day in the mountains.

During July, Author Rebecca Cagle will donate $1 for every copy of her Kindle books sold on Amazon to the EAF.

Rebecca, a cancer survivor, has two handbooks for horse owners that will apply for the July promotion:
“How to Save Time and Money with Your Horse Veterinarian: An Interview with Equine Veterinarian Marcia Thibeault, DVM” and “Grieving the Loss of Your Horse: How to Survive Your Journey.” Purchase either or both books here.

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Rhythm and Hooves Awards to Recognize Country Music Industry

June 29, 2011 – Nashville, TN – The Women’s Horse Industry is pleased to announce an awards program dedicated to the men and women in country music who have a passion for helping and saving horses.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Rhythm & Hooves benefit auction on Thursday, October 6 at the Radisson Opryland. Nominees from the country music industry will be presented awards for their efforts with horses. After the awards are presented, there will be an auction to benefit the Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and Stolen Horses/ “These are great equine charities and we hope the Nashville music industry will help us raise money by providing items for the auction,” states Debby Lening, VP of the Women’s Horse Industry.

“I know that there are a lot of country music artists and other music industry executives who have a real passion for helping horses so we thought that it would make a lot of sense to identify, recognize and award them for their efforts,” states Catherine Masters, Executive Director of WHIA.

If you would like to nominate someone from the country music industry for these awards, please send an email to: with the nominee’s name and why they should be nominated.

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Rhythm and Hooves Benefit to Save the Horses

Nashville, Tennessee – The Women’s Horse Industry Association will be hosting a benefit to save horses during their annual national Networking Expo October 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the exhibitors and speakers from the equine world covering all types of products and services, this year there will be a benefit auction the evening October 6 at the Radisson Hotel Opryland which will benefit the Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and Net Posse.

Auction items will include autographed items from country music starts and products and services from some of the members of the WHIA.  There are also plans for some “meet and greets” and live acoustic musical performances from Nashville recording artists.

The Cloud Foundation, named for the charismatic wild stallion Cloud, works to preserve wild horses on western public lands.  “Mustangs are safest with their families in the wild,” states Ginger Kathrens, Emmy Award-winning producer, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, and producer of the acclaimed Cloud programs for PBS’s Nature series. “When they’re rounded up by the thousands, they lose what they value most — their freedom and their families. And many make the ultimate sacrifice when they are sold to slaughter. Better and kinder management must be implemented if the few thousand mustangs remaining in the wild are to survive.”

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Georgina Bloomberg Launches Teen Book Series

Real Life and Equestrian Experiences of Mayor’s Daughter Inspire The A Circuit; Available Today, May 24, 2011

New York, NY – May 24, 2011 – Today, Georgina Bloomberg, an accomplished professional equestrian, philanthropist and youngest daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launches The A Circuit (Bloomsbury, original paperback, $9.99), the first in a series of teen novels set within the equestrian world she knows so well.  Co-written with Cathy Hapka, Georgina brings an authenticity and flair to the books that will entice as much as they will fascinate.  The second novel in the series, entitled My Favorite Mistake, is scheduled to be released in March 2012.

The A Circuit is the A-List meets the elite horse world, capturing the lives of three teenagers, Zara, the wild child of a famous rock star, Kate, a working student serious about riding, and Tommi, a billionaire heiress, as they navigate the life of privilege and competition and figure out how to succeed while being true to themselves. The social drama set within an elite world will have teens flocking to this series.

The A Circuit captures the pressures and struggles that riders face, and is also a great lesson that working together in any sport can bring different people together,” said Georgina when asked why she decided to write the series.

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WHIA Partners with Equestrian Aid Foundation for Global Breast Cancer Campaign

The Women’s Horse Industry Association has announced a global partnership with the Equestrian Aid Foundation to raise funds for women affected by breast cancer. The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501c3, which provides financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries. Funding is provided for medical, rehabilitation and other basic needs, such as food and housing.

Called “Ponie Express for Breast”, the campaign consists of trail rides and hikes around the world. The events are open to everyone who wants to support this cause and all proceeds will go directly to women in the equine industry who have been or who are currently dealing with breast cancer.

“This is a great cause and one that we know many people who have been affected by this disease will support. Plus, it’s a fun way to meet other equestrians and at the same time support women in our industry. The Equestrian Aid Foundation helps many people in the equine industry and we are looking forward to helping them raise more funds for their efforts,” states WHIA Executive Director, Catherine Masters.

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Palm Beach Dressage Derby – March 3

Mary Phelps introduces Courtney King-Dye with Lendon Gray

The fourth annual Palm Beach Dressage Derby reception to benefit the EAF offered guests some surprises this year. We were honored to have special guest Courtney King-Dye there to say a few words on the one-year anniversary of her accident.

Excerpt from Courtney’s blog: ‘I’m speaking at the EAF fundraiser at the Palm Beach Derby, which is a great cause I’m all too familiar with now. I’ve been so lucky to have absorbed so much caring, but I know not everyone is so lucky simply because not so many people know. It’s very touching that the horse community supports each other in rough times. This is a way we can offer support even if we don’t know someone.’

ShoClothes sponsored a fun fashion show of the Alessandro Albanese clothing line. One of the six outfits was auctioned during the evening and was so popular, not one, but two were sold! Thanks to Michelle Hundt of ShoClothes and Alessandro Albanese for adding a touch of style to the party!

See all the coverage and more photos here.

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Houston Dressage Rider Buys “The Love of Her Life” at 2011 Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction

Nancy Kempe and her new Isabel stallion Cupido Interagro accept a custom made saddle from Cary Wallace of Custom Saddlery and his daughter Eva Wallace. (Photos courtesy of Darcy Scott)

Wellington, FL (February 28, 2011) – Almost 300 guests were in attendance at the 2011 Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction when dressage rider Nancy Kempe purchased her dream horse, a beautiful Lusitano Isabel stallion named Cupido Interagro, that she described as “the love of her life.” The four-year-old stallion with a sterling pedigree was the highest selling horse at the glamorous auction, and Kempe’s story touched the audience and rounded out an evening filled with festivities and splendor set amidst the backdrop of the beautiful Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

The audience applauded for Kempe, who lives in Houston, Texas, when she hugged her horse during a touching awards presentation following the auction. Kempe was the highest bidder of the evening and won a beautiful brand new dressage saddle from Custom Saddlery as a result. Kempe was also thrilled to learn that she had won a complimentary weekend getaway from the Ritz Carlton Residences of Singer Island for being the highest bidder, and that she would get the chance to be pampered in a luxurious setting right on the ocean.

Kempe was given the opportunity to address the audience and explained in her heartwarming tale that she has a lung condition which made it difficult for her to sit the trot on the warmblood she already owns. Her trainer recommended Kempe buy a Lusitano and Kempe flew to Florida three weekends in a row to view and ride the horses available in the Lusitano auction.

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