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Great Charity Challenge: EAF Needs Your Help!

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Equestrian Aid Foundation needs your votes to continue our mission of assisting members of our community suffering from serious injury or illness.

It’s that easy… It’s that important.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: In 1996 the Equestrian AIDS Foundation was established to assist those with HIV/AIDS. Recognizing a broader need, the organization changed its name to the Equestrian Aid Foundation and revised its mission. Its mission is to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illnesses and catastrophic injuries by providing financial assistance for their medical or other basic needs. It is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides grant recipients funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as housing and food, throughout their time of need. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

HorsesintheSouth.com Receives 2013 Best of Keystone Heights Award

Keystone Heights Award Program Honors the Achievement

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS December 3, 2013 — HorsesintheSouth.com has been selected for the 2013 Best of Keystone Heights Award in the Computer Advertising category by the Keystone Heights Award Program.

Each year, the Keystone Heights Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Keystone Heights area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Keystone Heights Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Keystone Heights Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Keystone Heights Award Program

The Keystone Heights Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Keystone Heights area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Keystone Heights Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

CONTACT:
Keystone Heights Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardredemption.org
URL: http://www.awardredemption.org

2014 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge Draws 24 Charities at Wellington Chamber’s WinterFest

Wellington, Florida – December 3, 2013 – This holiday season, 400 Palm Beach County charities were hoping for a miracle. Under the “Saturday Night Lights” at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the charitable community came out to Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest and Equestrian Sport Productions’ (ESP) Holiday & Horses Show on November 30 for the chance to be picked as one of the 34 charities that will benefit from the 2014 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge Presented by Fidelity Investments (FTI GCC).

The exciting pro-am show jumping event which will be held on February 1, 2014, at the PBIEC has raised $4.2 million for over 90 Palm Beach County charities over the past four years, becoming the largest single-day net charitable event in the state of Florida. Every dollar raised is distributed to the charities. This year’s fundraising target is $1.75 million, and with prizes ranging from $150,000 to $10,000, it ensures every charity is a winner.

This unparalleled event brings together over 34 equestrian families that each sponsors a team for $25,000. Each team is randomly assigned to compete for one of the 34 randomly selected charities. With additional donations from local families, businesses, sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and spectators (through ticket sales for the evening), the FTI GCC is on track to exceed last year’s $1.5 million fundraising.

PBIEC, home of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), one of the largest and longest running horse shows in the world, donates the venue, its staff and infrastructure for this charitable event.

Each team also offers amateur riders the chance to compete side by side with their Olympic and world-class professional idols.

Cheers of excitement could be heard on Saturday night as ESP CEO Mark Bellissimo and his wife Katherine, along with community leaders, drew 24 charity names out of a hopper in front of a crowd of 4,000 spectators.

Mark Bellissimo, who started the FTI GCC with his daughter Paige, commented, “The FTI GCC is the signature event of our 12-week season. We measure the success not in dollars raised, but in the number of lives touched.”

Dennis Shaughnessy, Chairman of the Board of FTI Consulting, commented, “This is the best thing FTI does anywhere in the world. It not only sponsors a great horse event, but it helps thousands of people locally. We are delighted to be able to do it and delighted to see a turnout like this.”

“It is wonderful that a variety of charities which serve so many different groups can make a difference right here in our backyard. The event truly exemplifies the impact a group of dedicated philanthropic individuals can have in a community,” said FTI GCC Executive Director Anne Caroline Valtin.

Many sponsor representatives were on hand to help randomly draw this year's charities.
Many sponsor representatives were on hand to help randomly draw this year’s charities.

Jodi Goldberg, President and Founder of Autism Blooms, was overjoyed when chosen. “I am beside myself right now,” she said, “We raise money for families to purchase private therapy. It means so much because families are desperately trying to save their child and bring them out of the dark. We believe every child can bloom with the proper therapies.” Candi Spitz, Vice President of Autism Blooms, noted, “We’re based in Wellington, so this money goes directly into the community.”

Danny Robertshaw of Danny and Ron’s Rescue commented, “This is such a wonderful event. To us it’s so meaningful because we’re approaching our 7,000th adoption. This helps us to be able to save more dogs. Last year we adopted 530 dogs here during the horse show circuit. We save dogs from animal shelters and save them from euthanasia. It’s a good paws up. We’re very honored.”

Team Sponsor Robert and Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm were on hand for the festivities. Lisa Lourie commented, “We have the added benefit of our professional rider [Shane Sweetnam] being a member of the community so it’s extra special for us.” Robert Lourie stated of their support, “It connects to the community in a good way. They see that it’s not just about us and the horses, but it’s about us and the community we are a part of.”

Dr. Sandy Munoz, CEO of Children’s Healing Institute, stated, “We are over the moon. We serve 4,000 families each year and this is huge for us. To raise money in this economy has been difficult. When the economy suffers, we suffer. This is a blessing.”

Jim Brown of Wounded Warriors of South Florida said, “This is a thrill! We don’t need the lotto — we just hit it. We are humbled at the opportunity. We provide immediate financial support for disabled veterans. We provide support whether it is putting food on the table, furniture in the house or auto repair. In the last couple years it’s grown so fast we can’t keep up with it. Without us, these veterans would be in a sinking ship. Because of all the trauma, we have 15 to 20 service members every day commit suicide. Our efforts here when they come home are helping them out a lot.”

Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Victor Connor was touched by the spirit of the evening. “For me, I’m speechless and I’m never speechless,” he said. “Mark Bellissimo has done an unbelievable job of reaching out to the community. It’s a pleasure to have him here. He goes out to the schools, and he’s brought in the community like no one else. What was an exclusive club is now open to the public to enjoy.”

Future charity drawings will be held at the $125,000 Trump Invitational show jumping event at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on January 5, 2014, and two wild card teams will be drawn the night of the FTI GCC on February 1, 2014. With the outpouring of support from the equestrian community, additional grants will also be made.

All the charity representatives and community families were treated to an evening of exciting show jumping as well as entertainment from The Voice‘s Michaela Paige and Vanilla Ice. There was even a little magical snow, renewing hope in the Village of Wellington that miracles do happen.

For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com and www.ftigreatcharitychallenge.com.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 8 through March 30. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $8 million in prize money will be awarded.

About FTI Consulting, Inc.
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,000 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com.

About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.5 trillion, including managed assets of $1.9 trillion, as of October 31, 2013. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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Equestrian Public Relations
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Wellington Equestrian Partners Accepts Clarified Settlement Resolution with the Village of Wellington

Wellington, FL – November 5, 2013 – After nearly 18 months of legal battles and turmoil in Wellington and in the equestrian industry, Equestrian Sport Productions is pleased to announce that it has conditionally accepted the Equestrian Village Resolutions approved by the Wellington Village Council on October 22, 2013. The only conditions to the acceptance are slight modifications to the language of two conditions to reflect the language clarified and voted on by the Council at the meeting.

The Master Plan Amendment approves the additional ingress and egress access off Pierson Road, allowing for access to the Equestrian Village by exhibitors, horse trailers and others. The Compatibility Determination grants approval for the site to operate as a permanent Commercial Equestrian Arena, with year-round uses of the facilities approved by the Council in a conceptual site plan that lays out in detail what the proposed configuration and uses of the property will be. ESP’s acceptance of the Resolutions is one of the final steps in the settlement agreement with the Village.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the litigation between ESP and the Village will be dismissed and the legal battles will be over. The end result is one that is a benefit to the Wellington community and allows the parties to move forward with a positive and fruitful working relationship. The 2014 Global Dressage Festival will operate at the Equestrian Village property under a Special Use Permit as the permanent improvements approved through the new Resolutions phase in. ESP is looking forward to providing the best dressage venue in the world.

Wellington Equestrian Partners managing partner, Mark Bellissimo, commented, “The resolution as clarified is a great victory for the Village of Wellington, the Equestrian Community, and our Partnership. I thank the council for its leadership in passing the Master Plan and Conditional use resolutions and their concern for safety in allowing us to modify the current Special Use Permit to allow for use of the Pierson Road for the upcoming season. I hope that the parties on all sides of these issues will now focus their energy on continuing to build this great community.”

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
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EQUUS Foundation Establishes Instructor Certification Scholarships Thanks to Partner Ariat International

WESTPORT, CT – November 5, 2013 – Thanks to Ariat International, sponsor of the EQUUS Foundation CHAMPIONS Equine Service program, the EQUUS Foundation will award two scholarships in 2014 based on volunteer service in 2013 to assist prospective instructors in obtaining instructor certification.

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certification Scholarship

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship to financially assist prospective instructors who achieve CHAMPION status with obtaining a CHA Standard Instructor Certification.

The EQUUS Foundation will award one scholarship to cover the registration fee up to $1,000 for the recipient to attend any CHA Standard English Western clinic.

Prospective instructors who achieve CHAMPION status by December 31, 2013 will be eligible for the scholarship to be awarded in 2014.

PATH International Certification Scholarship

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the PATH Intl. Champion of Equine Service Certification Scholarship to assist prospective instructors with the cost of obtaining the PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor Certification.

The EQUUS Foundation will award one scholarship to cover the registration fee up to $1,000 for the recipient to attend a PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor Certification Workshop.

Prospective instructors who achieve CHAMPION status by December 31, 2013 will be eligible for the scholarship to be awarded in 2014.

CHAMPIONS is the EQUUS Foundation’s incentive-based equine service volunteer program sponsored by Ariat International to recognize and reward individuals and organizations on the Foundation’s Equine Welfare Network.

You can become a CHAMPION by volunteering a minimum of 24 hours for an organization or organizations on the Equine Welfare Network between January 1 and December 31.

For more information about the Champions program and the CHA & PATH Intl. Certification Scholarships, visit http://www.equusfoundation.org/champions.php.

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: equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

About Ariat International

Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and belts. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into English riding boots and authentic Western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Ariat products or for the Ariat retailer nearest you, contact Ariat at 800.899.8141 or visit www.ariat.com.

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Mark Bellissimo Is Calling All Palm Beach County Charities to Participate in 2014 Great Charity Challenge

Sets Fundraising Goal in Excess of $1.75 Million to Benefit over 30 Randomly Selected Palm Beach County Charities

In its first 4 years, the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments (FTI GCC) founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige has raised and distributed over $4.2 million dollars, benefitting over 93 Palm Beach County Charities.  This exciting Pro-Amateur show jumping event will be held on Saturday evening February 1st at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, in Wellington, Florida. The family oriented event is targeted to distribute over $1.75 million dollars to 34 lucky Palm Beach County Charities. Any qualified Palm Beach County charity who signs up on the ESP website (www.equestriansport.com) by November 20th has an equal chance to be selected. The FTI GCC has become a signature event of the twelve week FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, showcasing top International and Olympic riders of the sport.

The main drawing to select this year’s participating charities will take place on Saturday November 30, 2013 during the Holiday and Horses CSI 2* horse show. Partnering with Wellington Chamber’s Winterfest event, thousands of members of the community are expected to attend the event again this year, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Palm Beach County charities who register will be randomly selected from the Lottery Drum to participate in the event. The number of applying charities has grown from 60 in the first year to over 250 last year, the fourth year of the event. Over 300 charities are expected to apply this year.

Following such a unique multi-charity approach with random drawings of qualified charities has allowed us to assemble a diverse portfolio of charities covering animal rescue, children’s causes, family care, public health, senior care, medical support, equestrian, education, the arts, and the environment among others.

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO THE CHARITIES. The pool of funds translates into $150,000 for the winning charity with a sliding scale to 34th place which takes home $10,000. EVERY PARTICIPATING CHARITY is a winner!

This unparalleled event brings together over 34 equestrian families that each sponsors a team for $25,000. Each team is randomly assigned to compete for one of the 34 randomly selected charities. With additional donations from local families, businesses, sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and spectators (through ticket sales for the evening), we are on track to exceed last years $1.5 fundraising.

Equestrian Sport Productions, home of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), one of the largest and longest running horse show in the world, donates the venue, its staff and infrastructure for this charitable event.

If you would like to participate in this event, please contact Anne Caroline Valtin via email: annecaroline@equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting, Inc.

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,000 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 8 through March 30. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

The James & Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion Dedication

SCAD gifted 100-acre donation by Atlanta-area philanthropists; new equestrian pavilion dedicated in donors’ honor Friday, Oct. 25

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Savannah College of Art and Design is pleased to announce that Atlanta-area philanthropists James and Laurette Shaw have donated a 100-acre parcel of land to the university. In recognition of this generous donation, SCAD dedicated its newly constructed covered riding pavilion as the James and Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion during a ceremony Friday, Oct. 25.

Located adjacent to SCAD’s Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center in Hardeeville, S.C., the parcel is appraised at $5.5 million and allows the university to explore future development opportunities to benefit students. The acreage will remain preserved until a use is identified.

Shaw, cofounder and principal with real-estate development firm Gvest Partners, and his wife Laurette, an interior designer and Savannah native, are active in philanthropy work throughout Georgia. The couple’s love of Savannah, along with the influence of their eldest daughter, Caroline, a competitive equestrienne, helped inspire the gift to SCAD. Raymond Gee, Gvest Partners cofounder and principal, helped engineer this major donation.

“We were impressed by the renovation energy SCAD brought to the unused and abandoned public buildings in downtown Savannah,” James Shaw said. “They really helped put a shining face on a beautiful city. The young, talented artists who come to Savannah make it dynamic and a part of the future, pulling the city forward out of its sleepy, southern past. We wanted to be a part of these efforts. It is our second hometown.”

“My deepest gratitude goes to Jim and Laurette Shaw, whose boundless generosity will shape SCAD for decades to come, and to Raymond Gee, who was instrumental in securing this significant donation,” SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace said at the ceremony. “The James and Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion will act as heaven and haven to SCAD riders, providing shade and shelter for practice, competition, and classes … enabling SCAD students to do their work, undeterred by Lowcountry rain, blustery winds, or by the hottest summer day. Make no mistake – the fabulous umbrella that surrounds us is an educational forum in the truest sense. Art history majors never have to cancel class when it rains – and now, thanks to the Shaw and Gee families, neither do equestrians at SCAD.” President Wallace presented the Shaws with a leather ribbon designed and produced by SCAD accessory design alumna Elyse Welcher.

The 100-foot-by-200-foot covered riding pavilion was built to better accommodate SCAD’s award-winning equestrian team. The structure’s metal roof guards against sun and rain, industrial fans provides ventilation for the comfort of both horse and rider, new all-weather footing with watering systems will control dust, and lighting will permit evening classes and practice.

“This pavilion enables the SCAD equestrian program to function in all types of weather and conditions,” said Eddie Federwisch, director of SCAD’s equestrian program. “The roof overhead is highly engineered to give our horses and riders exactly what they need while considering the vision of a horse as well as providing optimum ventilation. And the footing beneath your feet is a layer of gravel, covered with a drainage fabric then 4 inches of sand mixed with spandex fibers, rubber and felt to greatly reduce the ‘wear and tear’ on our equine partners. Materials like these are found at very few other equestrian programs, and here as ever, SCAD strives to set the standard.”

The pavilion will be christened by hosting a Zone 5 Region 5 IHSA horse show.  It will quickly become a ‘home court’ for the SCAD equestrian team and advance their impeccable record of success.  Within the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and the American National Riding Commission, SCAD has 22 national championships at the team and individual level, and 57 national placings in total.  Thus far in the current competition year, the SCAD team won the Tournament of Champions Pre-Season Classic, has been the champion or reserve champion at the first three shows, and is currently leading the region.

Media inquiries may be directed to SCAD’s Director of Media Relations, Andy Shearer at 912.525.4881 or ashearer@scad.edu, or to Terri Thornton with Thornton Communications at 404.932.4347 or terri@territhornton.com.

Palm Beach Post Editorial: Even When Losing, the Jacobs Win at Wellington’s Expense

Posted: 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
By Rhonda Swan
– Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The Wellington village council approved two resolutions Thursday that will allow Mark Bellissimo and his team to hold year-round events at the equestrian village at South Shore Boulevard and Pierson Road but rejected a staff recommendation to require them to construct a left turning lane on Pierson Road. The vote illustrates just how much influence the billionaire Jacobs family holds over the council.

The Jacobs wanted South Shore Boulevard designated as the primary entrance to the site. The council obliged, 4-1, with Ann Gerwig dissenting.

Mat Forrest, executive director of the Wellington Equestrian Preservation Alliance and a local spokesman for the Jacobs family, told The Post Editorial Board that the Jacobs opposed expansion of the two-lane road because “it’s a rural equestrian area. It’s against what most people in the equestrian preserve want.”

Councilman John Greene used that bogus argument, too. “There’s a lot of people who are concerned about that,” Mr. Greene said Thursday. “I’ve gotten phone calls … I’m trying to prevent further litigation.”

Where were those people during the two meetings the council held on the resolutions last week? Representatives for the Jacobs were the only outspoken opponents to the turning lane.

Residents packed the council chambers to protest Mr. Bellissimo’s original plans for an $80 million equestrian village with a hotel. The Jacobs spent more than $500,000 to seat Mr. Green, Matt Wilhite and Mayor Bob Margolis, all of whom opposed the project.

The three killed the project by revoking approvals granted by the previous council. Mr. Bellissimo sued. The council then reached a settlement that called for him to hold off on litigation and come back with new proposals.

Mr. Bellissimo and his team spent 100 hours working with staff on the new applications. Staff and the village’s traffic engineer recommended the turning lane for safety reasons, and Mr. Bellissimo agreed to pay the cost.

Ms. Gerwig said she voted against the resolutions because she believes the turning lane is necessary. “To me it just doesn’t look like a safe situation,” she said. “I couldn’t support the project without that.” She noted that the recommendations would have made it safer for vendors and horse trailers that would primarily use the Pierson Road entrance.

The Jacobs didn’t get everything they wanted. The council instructed staff to study traffic once the events begin, and to revisit the turning lane if necessary. The council also did not eliminate all left turns on Pierson Road.

Still, the concessions they did get will benefit only the Jacobs family. The rest of Wellington loses.

Rhonda Swan
for The Post Editorial Board
rswan@pbpost.com

Kevin Staut Travels to Cambodia as JustWorld International Ambassador

Jessica Newman (left) and Kevin Staut prepare for an interview with Equidia.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – “I am going to take a break,” Kevin Staut announced at the end of September, “…and I am staying away from show jumping arenas this fall.” Truth be told, his ‘break’ is only relative to show jumping. The French rider flew to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 4 where he will visit two schools (Stung Mean Chey and Borey Keila) supported by JustWorld International, an organization for which he has been a Rider Ambassador since 2007. This trip also coincides with the launch of JustWorld’s new Give 4 Good Campaign for which the rider has become the representative of the “Education in Cambodia” cause.

“This four-day trip has been scheduled for a long time and is in direct line with Staut’s long-term involvement with JustWorld International,” a supporter reaffirmed last spring.

“As an Ambassador for JustWorld International, I now feel ready to do more than just donate a percentage of the prize-money I’ve won in competition,” said Staut.

In Phnom Penh, Staut will meet children at two schools that welcome roughly 830 pupils and their families in a place located not far from a slum. The rider will interact with the school children, participate in their classes, and share his experiences as a sportsman. He will also meet the volunteers who work at this project on a daily basis and interact with them, but above all, learn from them.

Equidia TV will accompany Kevin and the JustWorld International team to visit the project in Cambodia and help raise awareness in the equestrian community. Kevin explains, “Equidia is the ideal media partner to make people aware of the organization and its activities.” Equidia will film Staut during his visit in Phnom Penh and broadcast the report on Equidia Life this fall.

Photo By: Agence R&B Presse/Pascal Renauldon
Photo By: Agence R&B Presse/Pascal Renauldon

For the 2009 European Champion this trip will be emotional as his sister, Jade, will accompany him to visit the project. “Jade was adopted when she was 6 months old. She was born in Phnom Penh, but she has never been back there since she first arrived in France. I am very much looking forward to experiencing this trip with her,” said Staut.

For JustWorld International, Staut’s visit to the project in Cambodia is yet another display of his involvement with the cause and of his invaluable support. Jessica Newman, Founder and Executive Director of JustWorld International, explains that “Kevin’s further involvement and his visit to the project in Cambodia brings his support to a new level. Equidia will provide us with an exceptional means to raising awareness in the equestrian community. This visit and the report showcased on Equidia Life will contribute to increased awareness for JustWorld’s efforts and teach viewers about the reality of the living conditions for hundreds of children in Cambodia.”

Kevin Staut is to arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the evening of Saturday, October 5 and stay through Tuesday, October 8.

For more information: www.espace-kevinstaut.com.

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EQUUS Foundation and USEF Announce the Best Course Competition

WESTPORT, CT – September 29, 2013 – The Best Course Gives Back to the Horse! There isn’t any horse lover who would want to ponder where we would be without the gentle giants who team with us in sport, recreation and many other public service capacities – which is why the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) are jointly sponsoring the Best Course Competition – open to all USEF Licensed Competitions and their competitors.

Washington International Horse Show Signs On for the Launch!

What better way than to launch the Best Course Competition than in the Nation’s Capital at the Washington International Horse Show, October 22-27, 2013.

“WIHS is very pleased to have the opportunity to launch the Best Course of the Day program with the EQUUS Foundation and the USEF. We are thrilled to kick off this program that encourages competitors to give back to horses. Horses give so much to us every day; it was time to return the favor. The EQUUS Foundation has a great concept with the Best Course Competition and with the longstanding WIHS partnership with EQUUS Foundation, we wanted be the first,” said Victoria Lowell, WIHS President.

WIHS competitors can sign up for an EQUUS Foundation “Best Course of the Day” armband on their official Washington International acceptance form. Contact WIHS at WIHSsecretary@wihs.org for more information.

How Does It Work?

The new program utilizes competition itself to benefit horse welfare.

* USEF Licensed Competitions sign up as Best Course Competitions by offering the official “Best Course of the Day”.

* Competitors purchase an official EQUUS Foundation “Best Course of the Day” armband with a $20 tax deductible donation as part of their entry fees.

* Judges select the winner of the “Best Course of the Day” each day of the show from among the competitors wearing the armband while competing in any division that day.

* 100% of the proceeds are donated to the EQUUS Foundation to improve the quality of life for horses through rescue, rehab, training and re-homing.

USEF Licensed Competitions that sign up as Best Course Competitions, along with the winners of the Best Course of the Day, will be recognized by both the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation.

Stand Out!
The judge will select the Best Course from among those competitors (junior, amateur or professional) wearing the official Best Course Competition EQUUS Foundation Armband while competing in any division at the participating competition. Rather than score-based, the winner will be the judge’s favorite and most memorable performance.

“We are thrilled to launch this wonderful program at the Washington show and hope that the enthusiasm to participate extends to not only other hunter-jumper shows but to the other USEF discipline and breed competitions as well. It’s open to every competitor at every level and is a call to action to the equestrian sport as a whole to give back to their equine team mates,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

Find out more at www.equusfoundation.org/BestCourse.

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: equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

About United States Equestrian Federation

Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), www.usef.org, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.

About Washington International Horse Show (WIHS)

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org) attracts more than 20,000 spectators to the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for nearly half a million dollars in prize money. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. See more at: www.wihs.org.

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