Category Archives: Community/Charity

Valegro’s Shoe Donated by Carl Hester Earns Top Dollar to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation

Carl Hester coaching at the NEDA 2017 Dressage Symposium. Photo by Mary Phelps.

New Gloucester, Maine – Oct. 19, 2017 – A silver-plated horseshoe once worn by superstar dressage horse Valegro raised $5,000 for Equestrian Aid Foundation at the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Carl Hester Symposium, held Oct. 14-15 in New Gloucester, Maine. The bidding was hot among the clinic attendees. In the end, Betsy Dangel from Newton Center, Massachusetts made the highest bid when the auction closed.

The top-priced auction items were presented to the winners on the closing day of the symposium. Hester admitted he took the silver-plated shoe from Charlotte Dujardin’s desk.

“We made nine of these shoes which have all been donated to charity,” Hester said. “Now I have to tell Charlotte the last one went to America.”

Other items included an original painting of Hester and his horse Nip Tuck titled “The Master” by artist Lisa Marie Bishop with Hester’s signature, and a signed banner photo collage of Hester, Nip Tuck, Dujardin and Valegro created by DressageDaily’s Mary Phelps.

In total, nearly $8,000 was raised for Equestrian Aid Foundation. Hester said he was thrilled that the auction went so well.

“Not only did I have great riders and horses to train, Valegro’s shoe raised $5,000 for the Equestrian Aid Foundation,” he said.

The auction was orchestrated by Markel’s Mary Phelps, a Gold Sponsor of the event. Phelps has been a supporter of Equestrian Aid Foundation since its founding in 1996.

“Let’s face it,” Phelps said. “Carl is a rock star and so is Valegro. People were stalking the bidding table until the closing bell.”

Janise Gray, Equestrian Aid Foundation director of grant recipient services, attended the event.

“We are grateful to Mary Phelps for the success of the silent auction,” Gray said.  “For two decades, Mary has exemplified our ‘Show You Care’ motto. The Equestrian Aid Foundation helps people across the country involved in all facets of the horse community.  It is through the efforts of our supporters like Mary and Carl that we are able to provide financial assistance, hope and dignity to help our recipients heal.”

Edited press release from HorsesDaily.com.

Equestrian Aid Foundation
11924 West Forest Hill Blvd
Suite 10A-377
Wellington, FL 33414
800-792-6068
EquestrianAidFoundation.org

Celebrating the Stars of the Community at PBIEC during 2018 Great Charity Challenge

Photo Credit ©GreatCharityChallenge.

Wellington, FL – October 16, 2017 – Palm Beach County charities will get a chance to showcase what it truly means to be a star this coming February.

For the past eight years, equestrians and their dazzling mounts have been captivating the local community at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. These teams of riders have one goal in mind: to give Palm Beach County charities a chance to shine and win up to $150,000.

The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) is inviting all Palm Beach County-based charities to apply to participate in the event’s ninth edition, a pro-amateur relay show jumping competition.

Thirty-four of these randomly drawn charities will meet their “lucky star” on Saturday, February 3, 2018, to receive a share of the $1.5 million dollar purse.

The application process opened on October 16, 2017 and will remain active through 5:00 PM on November 15, 2017 via www.greatcharitychallenge.com. All non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County are invited to apply and try their good fortune.

The GCC, founded in 2010 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions and their daughter Paige, has distributed more than $10.8 million from the equestrian community to 220 non-profits in Palm Beach County.  What sets this event apart is the fact that 100% of the money raised gets distributed to local non-profits. With 34 participants randomly selected each year, first place is guaranteed $150,000 with a sliding scale to the minimum amount of $15,000 for every participating charity.

Over the last three years, the GCC brought team spirit to a new level by incorporating themes. With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center welcomed, “Superheroes”, “Fairy Tales Characters” and “Animated Characters”. The GCC is proud to reveal this year’s theme: “Hollywood Feature Film”, a tribute to “A Night When Everyone Is a Star”.

Mark Bellissimo commented, “This ninth year honors the local stars of our community.  We hope to give them an opportunity to shine and let them redefine what ‘stars’ are truly made of. This event is truly the legacy of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the sponsors involved. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Paige Bellissimo, who is actively involved in the community, added, “The GCC is a unique event that allows us to raise awareness of the diverse charitable organizations throughout the community. We hope that this year’s edition will help future generations see what stars are truly made of! We are very grateful for our rider teams, sponsors, and partners who support the effort.”

If you know of a deserving Palm Beach County-based charity, please have them visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com for full application details and information. Please note that the application process for the 2018 GCC is open from October 16, 2017 through November 15, 2017 (5:00 PM).

The random drawing to select the 34 charities from those that have applied to participate in the 2018 GCC will be held on December 2, 2017 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (Wellington).

For the latest event information and application guidelines, please visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greatcharitychallenge.

FEI Awards 2017 Shortlist Announced – Public Voting Now Open

Photo: Taiko traditional Japanese Drummers perform at the FEI Awards 2016 ceremony in Tokyo (JPN)

Lausanne (SUI), 20 September 2017 – The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has opened the public voting for all the shortlisted nominees of the FEI awards 2017.

For the first time since the creation of the awards in 2009, the public can cast a vote for their heroes and impact who they think deserves to win. A billing packed with champions and those who go above and beyond, the twenty nominees have been shortlisted across five categories for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the sport, showcasing some of the most successful achievements and talent within the Equestrian community.

We received hundreds of nominations from around the globe over the twelve week nomination period. The calibre of entries for this year’s awards was exceptional. Now it’s over to the public to choose their favourites from the final shortlist of candidates for Best Athlete, Longines Rising Star, Best Groom, Against All Odds and FEI Solidarity by registering through this link from now until 1 October 2017. The public vote determines 50% of the total vote whilst the other 50% will be decided by a star studded expert judging panel.

The winner of each of the five categories will be announced at the FEI Awards 2017 gala presented by Longines in Montevideo (URU) on 21 November 2017, in front of more than 350 distinguished guests, including top sporting legends, equestrian fans, FEI partners and stakeholders representing the 134 National Equestrian Federations. The awards will be broadcast live on FEI platforms, providing a valuable opportunity to celebrate the best of the best of Equestrian worldwide.

Follow along with all of the festivities of the FEI Awards 2017 on the FEI social media channels. More information on the nominees will also become available in the upcoming days on fei.org.

Who will walk away with one of these prestigious titles at this year’s ‘Equestrian Oscars’? Get voting for your favourites now!

FEI Media Contact:

Shannon Gibbons
Media Relations and Communications Manager
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 46

Washington International Horse Show Expands First Responder Ticket Program in 2017

The annual WIHS Breakfast with the Mounted Police and their horses. Photo by Jump Media.

Washington, D.C. – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the most prestigious and entertaining equestrian sporting events in North America, is again proud to offer the First Responders Ticket Program created to thank First Responders in the national capital region with complimentary tickets.

Now in its second year, the WIHS First Responders Ticket Program, presented by AT&T, with support from Keshishian & Sons, will honor local Fire, EMS, Police and other First Responders, offering a complimentary night with their families at the Washington International Horse Show and special recognition throughout the six-day event, which will take place October 24-29, 2017, at Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center).

Tickets are available through the following ticket distribution partners:

— Arlington County Police Department, 1425 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington VA, 22201, (703)-558-2222, police@arlingtonva.us

— Army Nurse Corps, 7700 Arlington Blvd, STE 5140, Falls Church VA, 22042, (703)-681-8012, usarmy.ncr.hqda-otsg.mbx.otsg-anc@mail.mil

— DC Fire Hockey, info@dcfirehockey.com

— DC Police Union (Metro PD), 1524 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, 20003, (202)-548-8300, kealley@DCPoliceunion.com

— District of Columbia Nurse Association, 5100 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite 306, Washington DC, 20016, (202)-244-2705, vspence@dcna.org

— International Association of Fire Chiefs, 4025 Fair Ridge Dr, Suite 300, Fairfax VA, 22033, (703)-273-0911, KFitzgerald@iafc.org

— International Police Association, PO Box 390 Knickerbocker Station, New York NY, 10002, (855)-241-9998, ipaweb@ipa-usa.org

— National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation, PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg MD, 21727, (301)-448-1365, sbaroncelli@firehero.org

— National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 901 E Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington DC, 20004, (202)-737-3400

— Women in Federal Law Enforcement, 2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 102, PMB #204, Arlington VA, 22201, (301)-805-2180, WIFLE@comcast.net

For more information, please contact WIHS at 202-525-3679 or info@wihs.org.

WIHS’ relationship with First Responders is most visible through its annual Breakfast with the Mounted Police, a long-honored and fan-favorite tradition recognizing mounted police units across the region. The outdoor buffet — including treats for horses — will be held outside Hotel Monaco on Wednesday, October 25, from 8-10 a.m., rain or shine. This event is open to the public and provides a great opportunity for the local D.C. community to meet the officers and their mounts.

The First Responders Ticket Program is based on the WIHS Military Ticket Program, presented by Fidelity Investments, with support from Cherry Knoll Farm and Keshishian & Sons, which has provided more than 21,500 tickets to military families since its inception, and culminates at WIHS Military Night on Friday, October 27. The events, competition and exhibitions on this evening are about speed and power as the WIHS honors the U.S. Armed Forces.

Tickets for the general public are available at the Capital One Arena box office, at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The show runs Tuesday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 29 with day and evening sessions except Sunday (daytime only). Daytime tickets (general admission only) are $15 (plus applicable service charge) with children 12 and under admitted free. For evening performances, tickets start as low as $20.

For group discounts, contact Capital One Arena Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, please visit http://www.wihs.org/tickets/.

For more information, please visit www.wihs.org. Tag us using #WIHS2017, #HorsesInTheCity., #FEIWorldCup, #Longines, and #RideToParis.

Contact: Jennifer Wood
Jump Media
jwood@jumpmediallc.com

Tryon International Equestrian Center to Open Facility for Equine Evacuees in Path of Hurricane Irma

Mill Spring, NC – September 5, 2017 – In response to numerous requests, Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has announced they will open the facility for equine evacuees in the wake of Hurricane Irma to assist those in need of safe stabling outside of the storm path and predicted impact radius.

Four hundred stalls will be available for evacuees at TIEC at a discounted rate and will be offered for reservation on a first come, first serve basis. Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. is helping to coordinate commercial shipments to the Carolinas region from South Florida.

On-site lodging will also be offered at a discounted rate for hurricane evacuees. RV spaces will also be available for reservation. On-site dining and supplies are available through The General Store and a variety of restaurants on property will be open throughout the duration of the week.

Shavings, hay, and feed are available for purchase on property through the Stabling office.

To reserve stalls at TIEC, please contact (828) 863-1005.

To reserve on-site lodging, please contact (828) 863-1001 or book online at www.tryon.com.

To coordinate commercial horse shipment and transportation, please contact Johnson Horse Transportation at (610) 488-7220.

The Eclipse at Kentucky Downs

Raise Money for Old Friends

GEORGETOWN, KY – AUGUST 16, 2017 – On Monday August 21, Kentucky Downs Racecourse in Franklin, KY will welcome followers of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse to come and raise money for Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement.

As the track is in the eclipse’s path of totality, Kentucky Downs will offer visitors a prime parking and viewing option with funds benefiting the non-profit organization that cares for over 175 retired race horses.

On August 21, Kentucky Downs will open its parking lot to eclipse visitors beginning at 7:30 am.  The charge for parking will be a $10 donation per car, with all proceeds benefiting Old Friends.

The parking lot will be clearly marked, concessions will be available in the track’s pavilion area, and restroom facilities will be also be available.

Due to customer request, the track is selling parking passes presently at its Players Club, again, for the $10 donation. The Players Club, located inside the front lobby of the pavilion, will be open until 4 am on Aug 20-21 for convenient pre-purchasing.

Kentucky Downs is home to “Old Friends at Kentucky Downs,” a satellite division of the Old Friends farm based in Georgetown, KY. Old Friends at Kentucky Downs features nine pensioned Thoroughbreds, including Kentucky Turf Cup winner Rumor Has It and Kentucky Turf Dash winner Good Lord. Tours to meet the equine athletes are offered daily through the Simpson County Tourism Office (for schedules and information call: 270- 586-3040).

The Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies from Oregon to South Carolina along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. The shadow of the moon will also pass through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Anyone within the path of totality will witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights.

The duration of this rare celestial event varies by location, but in Franklin, KY, it is expected to begin at approximately 11:58 am with totality reached approximately 1:28 pm.

Please note: Approved eclipse glasses (those that comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard) will NOT be available at the track. Sky watchers should NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. For a complete guide on how to view the eclipse safely, visit nasa.gov.

Located at 5565 Nashville Road in Franklin, KY, Kentucky Downs conducts its live turf racing meet each September on the only “European-style” race course in North America. (In 2017 live racing will take place September 2, 7, 9, 10 and 14.) The meet is staged in an informal festival setting and features the annual running of the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup race. Additionally, Kentucky Downs is home to over 600 Vegas-style gaming machines, live music and entertainment, year-round simulcasting, and charity bingo events.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 175 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; Michael Blowen, (502) 863-1775, michael@oldfriendsequine.org

Equestrian Aid Foundation Awarded Gold Status from GuideStar

Wellington, Fla. – July 26, 2017 – Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce that it was awarded Gold Status from GuideStar, the world’s leading provider of information about nonprofit organizations. GuideStar’s Gold Status is awarded to recognize nonprofit transparency and accountability. Out of 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations listed in GuideStar, only .5 percent have achieved Gold Status. The Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to be included in this tier.

To achieve the Gold Status, Equestrian Aid Foundation submitted information including its mission, goals, strategies and capabilities. Nonprofit evaluation is a vital practice that keeps organizations accountable and lets donors know that their charity of choice is trustworthy and reputable. The Gold level is given to organizations that commit to GuideStar’s high standards of transparency and management.

Click here to visit Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Gold GuideStar profile.

Equestrian Aid Foundation recently launched a new horse show program called Show You Care during Summer in the Rockies at Colorado Horse Park. They have an active retail program and have relationships with participating equestrian and non-endemic retailers. “Althea,” their 2017 major fundraiser, held during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, was a resounding success and out-raised previous events.

“We place importance on transparency and adhering to high standards,” said executive director, Louise Smith. “We are honored that GuideStar includes Equestrian Aid Foundation among the top tier of respected nonprofits in the country.”

About GuideStar
GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about IRS-registered nonprofit organizations. They provide information about each nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance and more. They combine information that nonprofits supply with data from several other sources.

GuideStar acts as a search engine for nonprofit information and provides information so that donors, funders, researchers, educators, professional service providers, governing agencies and the media may make informed decisions.

For more information, go to: www.guidestar.org.

Georgina Bloomberg to Compete for Equestrian Aid Foundation at Hampton Classic Horse Show

Georgina Bloomberg and Crown 5. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

Wellington, Fla. – July 22, 2017 – Equestrian Aid Foundation announced that Georgina Bloomberg will represent the organization as captain of their team in the Jump for Charity, presented by Sea Shore Stables. The event takes place during the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES at the 42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, Friday, Sept.1.

Jump for Charity is a fun way for the audience to enjoy a world-class show jumping event with the opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause. The format for the event includes 12 riders (eight individuals and two teams of two) paired randomly with 10 charities. The individual riders will serve as team captains. The drawing to match the riders and charities was held live on the Hampton Classic’s Facebook page. Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Cohen randomly drew Bloomberg as the team captain for Equestrian Aid Foundation.

Funds will be raised for Jump for Charity through the sale of 30 uniquely designed caps for each charity/rider team. The caps will feature the Hampton Classic logo, the charity name, the team captain name and the team captain’s autograph. The caps sell for $100 each (80 percent tax deductible) and may be pre-purchased on the Hampton Classic website or on-site at the Hampton Classic, while supplies last. Pick up your hat at the Hampton Classic or have it shipped.

Click here to purchase your ball cap and select: “Captain Georgina Bloomberg riding for Equestrian Aid Foundation” to support the team.

“We are honored to have Georgina lead our Jump for Charity team,” said Equestrian Aid Foundation executive director, Louise Smith. “She is not only an incredible show jumping athlete, but she also understands our mission. Georgina served on the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s board of directors through 2016, and she gives back in so many ways to animals and the people who love them.”

All the proceeds from the sale of the caps will be distributed as follows: $1,000 to the third-place charity, $2,000 to the second-place charity and the remaining funds to the charity of the highest-placed rider. Only the top placed rider for each charity will qualify for the cash award for their charity. Last year, a win by McLain Ward earned $16,100 for Caring Hearts for Canines.

Other participating riders include Molly Ashe Cawley, Lucy and Mario Deslauriers, Ramiro Quintana, Callan Solem, Shane Sweetnam, Danielle and Jimmy Torano, Catherine Tyree, McLain Ward and Andrew Welles.

For more information about the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Equestrian Aid Foundation
11924 West Forest Hill Blvd
Suite 10A-377
Wellington, FL 33414
800-792-6068
EquestrianAidFoundation.org

Shop FarmVet July 18 and Help Equestrians in Need

Wellington, Fla. – July 10, 2017 – Do some shopping and help fellow horse people. FarmVet, the leader in horse health products, will donate a percentage of their online and telephone sales to Equestrian Aid Foundation Tuesday, July 18.

Equestrian Aid Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with catastrophic injury or illness. It provides financial support to horse people facing health crises. Help with essential living and rehabilitative expenses can make a difference to a horse person who is facing a life-altering situation.

Start your shopping list now for all your supplies and place your order July 18. Your purchase will benefit both your horse and horse people in need!

FarmVet is your one-stop source for horse health products, from supplements to therapy products and everything in between. Plus, the FarmVet Pharmacy offers compounding services so be sure to give them a call if you’d like to learn more. The FarmVet website features safe, easy online ordering and order tracking. Using the latest encryption standards and secure payment protocols, FarmVet’s website ensures your privacy and safety.

With everyday low prices on great brands like Perfect Products, Ramard, Adequan, Merial, EquiFit, Back on Track, and Arenus brand Sore No More products, you’ll find everything you need to help horses perform at their best.

Go to FarmVet.com or call (888) 837-3626.

Equestrian Aid Foundation
11924 West Forest Hill Blvd
Suite 10A-377
Wellington, FL 33414
800-792-6068
EquestrianAidFoundation.org

The Village Idiot to Host Man o’ War Mural Unveiling Party June 29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 26, 2017) – An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29 at 4 p.m.

Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30′ x 30′ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which includes a series of events highlighting the life of the great racehorse.

The unveiling party will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and comments from Zarate and officials at LexArts, Mt. Brilliant Farm and the Kentucky Horse Park. The Village Idiot will offer half-priced appetizers from 4-7 p.m., and the Kentucky Horse Park will provide complimentary park tickets as raffle prizes at the event.

“LexArts is proud to have facilitated this new addition to Lexington’s arts landscape,” said Ellen A. “Nan” Plummer, LexArts president and CEO. “It’s a striking mural in the perfect location to enchant residents and visitors alike with our rich equine history.”

The Man o’ War mural spans the entire side of the two-story Village Idiot building and commemorates the horse’s victory in the 1920 Belmont Stakes. Based on a historic photograph during his racing years, it portrays Man o’ War parading in front of the Belmont crowd following his historic feat.

“Man o’ War was truly a remarkable horse, and many people don’t realize that he’s actually buried here at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt. “We hope this mural will become a downtown fixture that raises awareness of his life and legacy, and will also drive traffic to the Kentucky Horse Park to visit his gravesite and the ‘Mostest Horse That Ever Was Exhibit.'”

A commemorative beer crafted by Alltech to enhance the Man o’ War Celebration will also have its release at the mural unveiling party. Called the “Mostest Wheat Ale” after Man o’ War’s nickname, the celebratory beer will be offered for a special price and served in Kentucky Horse Park Man o’ War Celebration souvenir cups. It will be available on tap at various locations throughout Lexington this summer.

“We are happy to honor one of the most famous race horses of all time with a beer brewed for the celebration of Man o’ War,” said Pete Weiss, marketing manager of Alltech. “Mostest Wheat Ale tells the story of Man o’ War, and that he was the ‘mostest’ horse to ever run.”

The Kentucky Horse Park’s goal in its season-long Man o’ War Celebration is to celebrate the life of the legendary horse, as well as encourage people to visit the premier tourist destination, which is currently hosting a special exhibit entitled “Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was.”

To learn about other events scheduled for the season-long Man o’ War Celebration, visit the Kentucky Horse Park’s website at www.kyhorsepark.com.

Contact: Lisa Jackson
(859) 259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov