WESTPORT, CT – February 18, 2013 – Ki-Juan Minors wowed the judges and the energetic crowd of horse lovers at the EQUUS Foundation Equestrian Idol in 2009 and walked away with the grand prize and the title.
Minors will be back on Friday evening, March 8, 2013, to perform at the Fete Cheval Etoile at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. Born and raised on the Island of Bermuda, Minors is a Professional Equestrian and Singer/Songwriter based in Wellington, Florida. He will perform a tribute to celebrate the unveiling of the new EQUUS Foundation/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse Stars Hall of Fame.
The Fete Cheval Etoile promises to be an unforgettable non-stop evening of entertainment and honors – the Oscars for horses with cocktails in “The Gallery” and dinner in the Wellington Club.
When guests arrive at 6:30 p.m., they will be the first to view the photo gallery of the 62 amazing horses that have been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Guests will sure to be impressed with the “cirque des etoiles” performance, a sensational show by Cirque Vertigo. Following the show, Minors will join the UKI Productions DJ to spur guests onto the dance floor with his awesome musical talent.
“When it comes to horses vs. music,” Minors said, “whichever brings fame to me first is the one I will use to help the other – they both go hand in hand.” “He’s got so much talent,” commented Coakley. “It’s hard to predict which will come first, but surely fame will come to Ki.”
R.s.v.p. at www.equusfoundation.org/fete.
“We are so grateful to our Honorary Committee and the many event sponsors who are attending and supporting this ‘first ever’ event,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.
“We are equally thrilled that some of the owners of our inductees will be joining the celebration, a number of whom will be travelling from across the United States and represent different disciplines and breeds encompassing the equestrian sport, and different sectors of the equine therapy community. For some, it will be their first visit to the Winter Equestrian Festival,” said Coakley.
Fete Cheval Etoile Fast Facts
Friday, March 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
The Gallery/Wellington Club, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 3400 Equestrian Club Road, Wellington, Florida 33414
Jenny Belknap Kees, Ellen Crown & Elizabeth Press
Jenny Belknap Kees & Tim Kees, Katharine & Mark Bellisimo, Bobbie Braun, Flavia Callari, Carolyn & Tim Carlson, Mary & Mike Carpenter, Jane Forbes Clark, Ellen & Dan Crown, Gregory W. Gingery, Becky & David Gochman, Catherine & Steven Herman, Stephanie & John Ingram, Elizabeth Johnson, Patricia Keenan & Lawrence D’Addario, Marylou D’Addario & Sean Kennedy, Lisa & Robert Lourie, Victoria Lowell, Julie & Rick Mitchell, Caroline Moran, Celene & Marc Oken, Angela & Chris Paradysz, Dr. Betsee Parker, Elizabeth & Clifford Press, Kathryn L. Quirk & Denise P. Quirk, Juliet & Sam Reid, Jennifer & Eric Ross, Clea & Kurt Soderlund, Joan & John Toffolon, Visse Wedell & Thomas Schweizer.
Tables of six start at $2,500. A limited number of individual seats will be available at $250 per person on request. Visit www.equusfoundation.org/fete.
Dr. Betsee Parker – Huntland, Spy Coast Farm, The Crown Family
Split Rock Farm, Visse Wedell
GOLD MEDAL SPONSORS
Mary & Michael Carpenter, Equestrian Sport Productions, Becky & David Gochman, Bruce Hlavacek & Dr. Jen Hlavacek, Stephanie & John Ingram, Louisburg Farm, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Press
SILVER MEDAL SPONSORS
Jane Forbes Clark, The Carlson Family, Marylou D’Addario Kennedy & Sean Kennedy, Patricia Keenan & Lawrence D’Addario, Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Kees
BRONZE MEDAL SPONSORS
Fairfield Equine Associates, Gregory W. Gingery, Sydney Keith, P.F. Farm, Quiet Corner Farm, Jennifer & Eric Ross, Juliet & Sam Reid, William & Shirley Reilich, The Toffolon Family, Wrenwood Farms
Animal Planet, Ariat International, Nestle Waters North America
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.