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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

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.”

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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

Equestrian Aid Foundation to Launch Show You Care Program at Summer in the Rockies

Photo by EQ Media.

Wellington, Fla. – June 16, 2017 – Equestrian Aid Foundation will launch their new horse show program, Show You Care, at the Colorado Horse Park’s Week IV of the popular hunter/jumper show series Summer in the Rockies. Equestrian Aid Foundation is the designated charity during Week IV, which runs from June 28 – July 2.

“We care about the people who make up our horse community and support the mission of Equestrian Aid Foundation,” said Colorado Horse Park’s chief operating officer, Meg Krueger. “We are proud to host the launch of their Show You Care program at Summer in the Rockies.”

Equestrian Aid Foundation Executive Director Louise Smith will be on-site for the official kick-off of the program and will host the exhibitor’s party, sponsored by Tami George Agency/Markel Insurance, Saturday, July 1, immediately following the $60,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix. George will also be on hand for the festivities.

“We are all very excited about Show Your Care and we’re grateful to Equestrian Sport Productions and everyone at Colorado Horse Park for their support,” Smith said. “Many thanks to the Tami George Agency and Markel Insurance for their sponsorship. It will help to spread awareness about the Foundation across the country and help more horse people in need.”

Tami George is an avid equestrian and has served the horse community as an agent for Markel since 2002. “Markel Insurance and the Equestrian Aid Foundation serve the same group of committed equestrians, and I am pleased to support their new show program,” George said. “Together, our helping hands can make a real difference when horse people need assistance.”

The Show You Care program is a simple and impactful 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.

The program is designed to be uncomplicated. 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 Equestrian Aid Foundation is a nonprofit organization, all donations are tax deductible. Show managers control the depth of their contribution by their selection of the classes and the percentage of contribution.

Upon completing their rounds in a Show You Care class, competitors will receive a green Show You Care lapel ribbon, provided by 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.

Smith says that she looks forward to the Show You Care launch at Colorado Horse Park, and she encourages other show managers to participate. Caring about seriously injured or ill members of the equestrian community is a great message to send, and Equestrian Aid Foundation promotes supporting competitions in the press, on the web, in email marketing and in our social media.

Interested 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.

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 21 years ago, the Foundation has granted over $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.

Meet Alena: Equestrian Aid Foundation Grant Recipient Hopeful for a Bright Future

Photo courtesy of Alena Weida.

Wellington, Fla. – May 15, 2017 – Alena Weida is the kind of girl who has always gotten back on the horse.

She began taking western riding lessons when she was 10 and rounded out her high school years as a 4-H-er, barrel racer and rodeo queen. Determined to work her way through college, Alena took a job as an animal technician in the theater industry, where her can-do spirit landed her jobs with everything from horses to zebras and camels.

This same spirit also landed her in the emergency room – twice. In 2012, she ended up underneath a hot mare she was warming up and was kicked several times in the chest and head. After a brief recovery, she continued to ride and attend school but was plagued with headaches and mental fogginess. As she lagged behind in her schoolwork, she faulted herself for not being able to tough out her symptoms and just “shake it off.”

Less than a later, a horse she was mounting spooked in a gravel parking lot, and once again, Alena ended up underneath. This accident resulted in a seizure, and it was then that doctors diagnosed her with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The more Alena learned about TBI, the more she was able to understand her condition, and the more she began to feel like herself again.

With this diagnosis, though, came rules for recovery – no riding, no screen time, no reading for long periods of time – that have stopped Alena’s plans for the future in their tracks. Unable to ride or complete her academic goals at a steady clip, Alena suffers from anxiety and depression issues that affect both her professional and personal life.

Alena is not sure of her prognosis at this point, but with the help of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, she will be able to afford specialized therapies known to benefit people with TBI. She is confident this is the leg up she needs to get back to her former self, and thanks to our generous donors, Alena remains hopeful for a bright future.

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 21 years ago, the Foundation has granted over $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 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.

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

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