WESTPORT, CT – February 9, 2010 – The International Polo Club is the place to be this Friday evening, February 12, 2010 for the Equestrian Idol event presented by Foundation Farm and Visse Wedell. Margie Goldstein-Engle, Leslie Howard, and Frank Madden will don their judges hats to critique (and thoroughly enjoy) the performances of Dianna Bricker, Heather Caristo, Hillary Dobbs, Casey Hodges, Jordan LaPlaca, Brian Lookabill, Colton Mason, and Rick Rockefeller-Silvia. Ki-Juan Minors and Jen White Kane, the 2008 and 2009 Idols, will also perform. Emcee Mason “Ryan Seacrest” Phelps, Jr. will emcee.
All guests attending the event will have the opportunity to bid to Join the Judges Panel, or cast their votes as members of the Audience Voting Panel to select the 2010 Equestrian Idol. Even if you cannot attend, you can pick your favorite performer to win online for a $20 donation. If the judges select your pick, you will receive 50% of the donations collected split among all who selected the winner. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be notified after the event. Pick your favorite and help support The EQUUS Foundation at http://www.equusfoundation.org/WEFInvite1.html.
The EQUUS Foundation raises its funds for grants almost entirely from event participation. Gold Medal sponsors include Bobbie & Derek Braun & Split Rock Farm, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Carpenter, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Fadden, Mr. & Mrs. Regis Lippert and Clea Newman. Burr Associates and Jenny and Tim Kees are participating as Silver Medal Sponsors. Bronze Medal Sponsors include Patricia Adikes-Hill & The Adikes Family Foundation, Eleanor Bright & Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jacobs, Lawrence D’Addario, Patricia Keenan & the Ann T. D’Addario Family Foundation, Margie & Steve Engle, Hunter’s Moon Farm & Frank Madden, Louisburg Farm, Mr. & Mrs. Chris Paradysz, Quiet Corner Farm, Richard Schechter & Bainbridge Farm, Steeple Chase Farm Foundation and Mimi Tashjian.
Auction and Gift Sponsors include Adequan, Bevals Saddlery Ltd., Bobbie Braun, Cavalleria Toscana, Companion Dogs & Philip Levine, Equalign Chiropractic Systems, Equine Artistry by Barbara, Euro-American Saddlery, Floor Specialists, Inc., Gracie Street Interior Design, Inc. Studio & Boutique, Hampton Classic Horse Show, Sharon Packer, Horse Sports Photography, LLC, HORSETV, International Polo Club Palm Beach, Just Horse Videos Worldwide, Hunt Ltd., KIDS on the beach / Rumor Has It, Mason Phelps, Jr., Origins Natural Resources, Parlanti, Pilates Rocks, Pink Sands Resort in Harbor Island, Bahamas, Polo Gear, Rick Raphael & Leslie Fuller of Raphael Photography, Frank Roccanova, RV Sales of Broward, Robin & Phil Schonberger, SmartPak, Tiffany & Co. in Palm Beach Gardens, Turner & Co., Wellington-WEF.com, LLC and Windsor Manor.
Proceeds from this unforgettable event will be used to award grants to equestrian and horse related charities across the United States. Seating options include VIP tables of eight starting at $2,500 and individual seats at $150 per person. Seating is still available. To R.s.v.p for the Equestrian Idol event, Friday, February 12, 2010, at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, please contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., by phone at (203) 259-1550, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or R.s.v.p. online at http://www.equusfoundation.org/WEFInvite1.html.
About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, and Visse Wedell. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.3 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. 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.