Torrential rain couldn't keep horse lovers in the Hamptons from coming out on a mid-week evening during the Hampton Classic Horse Show to join the EQUUS Foundation to celebrate a unique, new documentary by award-winning producer and director, Steven Latham, about the complicated and tragic dilemma facing America's Wild Horses while also highlighting some hopeful and triumphant solutions.
Philanthropists, Joan and George Hornig, greeted over 125 guests as they entered the great room of the Hornig's stunning historic art barn in Water Mill, New York, on Wednesday evening, August 28th. In welcoming the guests, Joan Hornig said, "George and I were not only honored to provide the venue for the Wild About Horses event in the Hamptons, but also thrilled about how the evening unfolded. The spirit in the barn was one of warmth and kindness on a night of monsoon rains."
"The evening was educational as well as enjoyable. The speakers shared highlights of the range of programs the EQUUS Foundation supports which focus on the healing power horses provide to those who are hard to help through more traditional therapies. The magnitude of the organization's successes was brought home further through the addition of Steven Latham’s beautiful movie clip which is so moving that even non-horse lovers could appreciate why preserving these amazing American icons is an obligation we all share."
Hornig continued, "The EQUUS Foundation supporters in attendance during the Hampton Classic week fully understand that securing the welfare of horses extends far beyond those used for sport or show. This generous riding community is filled with compassion and respect for the special relationship people and horses have shared throughout history, underscoring why it is so important for all of us to support the work of the EQUUS Foundation."
Guests were treated to the finest in vegetarian dining by Distinctive Catering, signature cocktails featuring Ketel One Botanicals, and champagne by Chandon California, but clearly, the highlight of the evening was the opportunity for guests to view the powerful preview of Latham's "The Mustangs: An American Story" in the Hornig's private screening room - bringing many to tears of hope for these majestic horses.
"After spending more than a year filming wild horses throughout the west, it was a privilege to have the first preview of my movie with the EQUUS Foundation at the home of Joan and George Hornig," said Steven Latham, producer of 'The Mustangs: An American Story.'
The evening was incredible. It's gratifying that the subject of wild horses helped bring together an amazing group of people during the Hampton Classic. The guests had lots of questions about the plight of mustangs and their future. I'm hoping this film continues to raise awareness and helps bring new appreciation, protection and better management of these iconic animals."
"The EQUUS Foundation supports second chances and new opportunities for all of America's horses. It is time to tell the story about these spirited and intelligent icons of the American West in a way everyone can appreciate and embrace," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation Vice President.
"Steven Latham's film does an outstanding job of detailing the issue in the most beautiful and inspiring way, showing us that there are solutions on the horizon for these magical horses. Our intention for this special evening is to raise awareness about the issue and to step up our efforts to support programs for wild horses whose lives depend on our support," continued Angeli.
The EQUUS Foundation wishes to express our thanks to the Hornigs for opening their spectacular home for this incredible evening, our awe and gratitude to Steven Latham for the stunning production promoting horse welfare, and to our event committee and sponsors who made this evening possible.
Georgina Bloomberg, Lili Buffet, Shanette Cohen, Brigid Fitzgerald, Brianne Goutal-Marteau, Clementine Goutal, Serena Marron, Cheryl Olsten, Jason Redlus & Amanda Keedy, Mary Rivas, Elizabeth Sawyer Press, Breanna Schultz, Jessica Springsteen, Pamela Suskind and Lisa Tamburini
Ariat International, Chandon California, Der Dau Custom Boots & Shoes, EQUITANA USA, Ketel One Botanical, Mane n' Tail, Mikelle Design and Split Rock Jumping Tour, LLC/Derek Braun & Bobbie Braun
Wild About Horses Champions:
The following supporters will be recognized in the end credits of the film, "The Mustangs: An American Story" under "Special Thanks".
Jason Redlus & Amanda Keely
Wild About Horses Fans:
The following supporters will be recognized in the end credits of the film, "The Mustangs: An American Story" under "Thanks".
Beth Johnson & Diane Thomas
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ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, 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: email@example.com, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.
ABOUT STEVEN LATHAM: Steven Latham is an award-winning documentary producer and director. He is the creator of the PBS series, Shelter Me, which tells uplifting stories about homeless animals and the people who help them. He also produced the series, The Living Century, with Barbra Streisand which told amazing stories about people who were at least 100 years old. Mr. Latham produced and directed for the science series, NOVA, and made the only film about the TED Conference.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY: "The Mustangs: An American Story" takes audiences on a journey to places few have seen or know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on federal lands in the United States and more than 50,000 in captivity. The mustang has a rich history, but they are entangled in controversy and bureaucracy and are making their last stand. The decisions being made now will determine their survival in the wild. This film will make you fall in love with America all over again and understand why the protection of our wild horses are worth fighting for. For more information about this film, please visit: TheMustangsFilm.com
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