County-wide support for The EQUUS Foundation and the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Horse Show

Left to Right, Alison Ashman, Elaine Campbell, Bettina Reynertson, Jennifer Ross, Margie Bondy, Jeannine Flower, Berkeley Soper, and Michelle Ippolito. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.

WESTPORT, CT – March 18, 2011 – The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the beneficiary of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show to be held June 21-25, 2011 in Westport, Connecticut, and to recognize the members of the Horse Show Committee.

The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show offers free admission and welcomes the public to come watch national and local equestrians compete, especially at the show’s culminating event, the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 25, 2011, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos.

Spectators and exhibitors are also welcome to attend the EQUUS Benefit Luncheon held in conjunction with the Grand Prix and enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet while watching world class riders and horses navigating over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds.

In addition to the Grand Prix, the show will feature a Welcome Jumper Class previewing the talents of some of the competitors in Saturday’s Grand Prix and the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic sponsored by Buick and GMC, the Official Vehicle of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show.

“We are thrilled that Buick and GMC have signed on as the Vehicle Sponsor, and that Wells Fargo Advisors will continue to support us in 2011. Major corporations like these and many individual donors are helping The EQUUS Foundation to achieve its slogan, A Home for Every Horse”, said Co-Chairs Alison Ashman and Jennifer Ross of Westport and Catherine Herman of Weston, “and to let people know the significant impact horses have in our everyday lives.”

All horse show class sponsorships directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) national charitable foundation dedicated to securing homes and useful lives for horses, enhancing the lives of people who benefit from horses, and advancing equestrian sport.

Committee participation is community-wide for the show, representing Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greens Farms, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Southport, Weston, Westport and Wilton.  Joining the Show’s Co-Chairs are Executive Committee members, Krista Alecia of Fairfield, Tricia Beal, Benedicte Berg, Lynn Coakley Sylvia Durno and Michelle Ippolito of Westport, Margie Bondy of Wilton, Bettina Reynertson of Darien, and Ann Coley of New York City.

Committee members from Westport and Weston include Susan Barnet, Beth Berger, Cheryl Bundy, Elaine Campbell, Candace Coberly, Elizabeth Crossfield, Catherine & David DeVoe, Carole Erger-Fass, Jane FitzGerald, Susan Fleming, Vida Florian, Beth Gralnick, Jeannine Flower, Annette French, Tracy Harris, Libby Kole, Cecilia Lieberman, Debbie McGoldrick, Erica Miller, Deborah Murtaugh, Jane Orlin, Susan Parsons, Kim Penwell, Jill Petterson, Susan Shafer, Carol Shea, Cori Trudeau and Coke Ann Wilcox.

Joining from Fairfield are JoAnn Alexander, Kaye Doyle, Elizabeth Fath, Catherine Friedline, Kendra Guilfoile, Sean Hogan, Dottie Lay, Kristen McDonald, Kimberly Murphy, Jane Neal, Virginia Pursche, Nancy Sargent, Bevo Tarika, Sarah Tierney and Carolyn Tormey; and from Southport are Claire Cassidy, Debbie Fattibene, Letty Patino, Deb Placey and Berkeley Soper.

Fairfield County committee members also include Cynthia Yowan of Darien; Durelle Green of Easton, Ariane Mermod Schreiner of Greens Farms, Priscilla Cornell and Debbie Ward of Greenwich, Mariko LeBaron and Elizabeth Lynch of New Canaan, Brenda Tananbaum and, Tracy Thomson of Norwalk, and Martha Rendeiro of Wilton.

The committee also includes New York based members include Susan Clatworthy, Ann Coley, Marianne Guadiana, and Alexis Lasser, as well as Palm Beach resident, Mary Simses.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at telephone (203) 259-1550, email to

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman; Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman; Jane FitzGerald, Secretary/Treasurer; Lynn Coakley, President; David Distler, David Goodwin, Patricia Keenan, Frank Madden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, Susan Weber and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.5 million in grants has been awarded since the first awards in 2003. 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:, website:

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