Monday afternoon, August 26th, was a picture-perfect day to showcase adoptable horses in transition and present inspirational and educational horse welfare demonstrations at the beautiful Hampton Classic Horse Show. Thanks to the Hampton Classic, the EQUUS Foundation took the lead once again in organizing and presenting the event with the goal of celebrating all of America's horses and inspiring action for horses at risk that need our help.
Over 200 spectators filled the large, grass show ring to see adoptable horses of all sizes strut their stuff and inspire the crowd with their stories of triumph after rescue.
EQUUStars, Georgina Bloomberg, sponsor of the annual Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Day (which includes dogs, cats and rabbits!), and Brianne Goutal-Marteau hosted the day along with the EQUUS Foundation and its Vice President, Valerie Angeli.
Joining the EQUUS Foundation were Guardians, Omega Horse Rescue, Airville, PA, with their large pony, Muffin, and mini horse, Bubba D, and Rising Starr Horse Rescue, West Redding, CT, with their Quarter horse, Hinckley, and mini, Whoa Nelly. Also participating was EQUUS Foundation Alliance member, The Retired Racehorse Project, featuring a stunning, adoptable off-the-track Thoroughbred, Percolator (Percy). Spectators were also able to meet and greet Rob and Lori West of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and their Mustangs, Moonshine Lady and Lori Darlin'.
Each of the participating equine welfare groups received much-needed bath and grooming products from Mane n' Tail. The HEART Equine Ambulance was open to the public for tours. Delicious snacks for the event were provided to spectators by The Golden Pear and water was provided by Essentia Water.
"This is one of our most anticipated and joyful events of the year when horse lovers and the horse community come out to the beautiful Hampton Classic on a Monday with the sole purpose of supporting at-risk and transitioning horses that need our help, and to learn what they can do to make all horses feel like champions!" said Angeli.
"This is a chance for those who love horses to hear the back stories of wonderful horses that need a next chapter and cheer them on to find new homes. I am thrilled to report that at least two horses have been adopted at our event and there is interest and applications on others. The mini horses, Whoa Nelly, from Rising Starr Horse Rescue and Bubba D from Omega Horse Rescue have been adopted and have already gone home to assume their new roles as much-loved barn mascots in show barns."
Joining the day's activities was EQUUS Foundation Corporate Partner, Der Dau, and owner Joseph Der, to unveil the brand new #RideForHorses and #HorseProtector Vegan Boot Line by Der Dau designed by EQUUS Foundation EQUUStars, Georgina Bloomberg and Clementine Goutal.
Carina Roselli, Publisher of EQ AM Magazine, which celebrates American horse sport and equine activities, was also on hand with complimentary magazines featuring an article about the EQUUS Foundation and the creation of the new Der Dau Vegan boots benefitting the EQUUS Foundation.
The event was a wonderful opportunity for spectators to learn more about the EQUUS Foundation. In addition to Valerie Angeli, the EQUUS Foundation team, Lynn Coakley, President & Founder, Carrie Hill, Director of Development, and Christine Fitzgerald, Executive Director of The Rider's Closet were on hand to answer questions, along with the Rider’s Closet donation trunk. Founded by Georgina Bloomberg in 2006 to ensure that riding apparel is accessible to scholastic riding programs, pony clubs, equestrian camp programs, equine charities and individual riders in need, the Rider's Closet merged with the EQUUS Foundation this year.
Valerie Angeli welcomed the entire Long Island University Equestrian Team, who volunteered to show their love of horses. Intercollegiate teams across the United States depend on the donation of horses in transition so that riders can pursue their intercollegiate equestrian goals – and many riders depend on the Rider's Closet for their equestrian apparel.
"What a beautiful day to bring the equine community and horse lovers together," said Angeli. Every horse that needs a home that we can help place is safe and makes room for another that needs a lifeline. We are so grateful for this annual, magical day at the Hampton Classic."
ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and 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.
ABOUT THE HAMPTON CLASSIC: The Hampton Classic will be held August 26-September 2, 2018 at 240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. As one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, and a premier destination for horse people, the Hampton Classic is a much-anticipated stop on the summer tour. The Hampton Classic Horse Show is in a class all its own, both in the minds of spectators and horse people alike. Contact the Hampton Classic at PO Box 3013, Bridgehampton, NY 11932, Tele: (631) 537-3177, E-Mail: Info@HamptonClassic.com, Website: www.hamptonclassic.com.
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