Wellington, FL – January 30, 2013 – Legendary horseman R. Bruce Duchossois will be honored with the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) Luminary Award on Friday, February 1, at “Who Reins Supreme?,” a fundraising event for the EAF at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.
Duchossois, an Executive Board member of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, is a Trustee of the USET Foundation, Co-Chair of the Development Committee and Chairman of the Nominating Committee. In November, he was named to the Board of Directors of the National Horse Show Association. He is also a member of the USHJA and serves as Co-Chair of the Owners Task Force, and is a member of the Amateurs Committee and the Zone 4 Committee. He’s a Board member of The Aiken Training Track and a lifetime member of the USEF, the AQHA and the U.S. Eventing Association.
Duchossois, from Aiken, SC, is one of the country’s leading exhibitors in the Adult Amateur Hunter division and has been deeply involved in numerous aspects of equestrian sports, as has his family. Duchossois’ mother competed on Saddlebreds, and his father owned Arlington Park near Chicago, IL.
With his extensive involvement in the horse community, Duchossois is committed to the work of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and its support of every horse person, from grooms to exercisers to equine therapy workers to trainers, who may need some assistance after a catastrophic illness or injury. “The horse community is truly a community that requires all kinds of people at different levels,” he said. “If you make your livelihood in horses, we are there to raise funds for horse people who can’t take care of themselves. That’s what we’re all about.”
“When asked to serve on the Equestrian Aid Foundation, it was my opportunity to give back to the community,” he continued. “I’m only a very small part of a large group of people who give so much. A lot of people are the glue that keeps this together. They are from all disciplines, working together for a common goal.”
The president of EAF, R. Scot Evans, said that Duchossois is deserving of the honor. “Bruce is one of the most caring people that I know in the horse world,” he said. “He is so involved in the equestrian community in many disciplines and it’s only fitting for Bruce to receive the EAF Luminary Award.”
The honor will be bestowed at Friday evening’s fundraising event for the EAF, “Who Reins Supreme?”, as teams of world-class equestrians from dressage, show jumping, hunter and polo tackle a custom reining test of speedy spins and sliding stops. The teams win bragging rights as to “Who Reins Supreme?” across multiple equestrian disciplines. The 6 p.m. event also features special guest Tom McCutcheon, World Equestrian Games’ reining double gold medalist, as well as a Taste of Charity showcase, auction items and live music. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by the competition and Taste of Charity at 7:30 p.m., with music starting at 9 p.m.
The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a national non-profit that provides financial assistance for those in the horse community suffering from catastrophic illness or injury throughout their time of need. EAF grant recipients receive funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as food and housing.
Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International