The EQUUS Foundation announced today the award of over $405,000 in grants, including $136,000 in awards of new and gently used riding apparel to individual riders in need, scholastic riding programs, pony clubs, equestrian camp programs and equine charities through The Rider's Closet program.
Primary support is awarded to equine charities nationwide that save and re-home increasing numbers of horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter and charities that partner with horses to improve the well-being of people through the Foundation's Transparency Awards program. The EQUUS Foundation awarded small grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to 163 charities that earned the EQUUS Foundation Guardian Seal of Transparency by completing the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process.
Horse Whisperer Awards
EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperers are a select group of donors who have an extraordinary kinship with horses. The EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors selects those charities from among the grant recipients that best align with the interests of the Horse Whisperers to be recognized with a Horse Whisperer Award.
“Through engaging passionate supporters, collaboration, and maximizing the talents of equine charities nationwide, we will be able to ensure a humane and sustainable environment for America's horses now and in the future,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.
Horse Whisperer Perpetual Awards
Michele E. Arnhold Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2008 by the family of Michele E. Arnhold in memory of her life-long passion, her pursuit of excellence, and her commitment and contribution to the equestrian sport.
Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc. (GALLOPNYC), Brooklyn, NY
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
Daniel D. Barkan Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2013 by the family of Daniel D. Barkan, a quiet philanthropist and gentleman, in memory of his life-long love of horses.
Brook Hill Farm, Forest, VA
Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER Michigan), Commerce Township, MI
Horse Whisperer Annual Awards
Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg.
Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Airville, PA
Elaine Enick Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2017 in memory of Elaine Enick by her family and friends in recognition of her pursuit to find happiness and joy in everything and her enduring love of horses.
Saving Horses, Inc., Encinitas, CA
Renee Farmer Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 in memory of Renee Farmer by Paul Guilden and Mikelle Terson.
Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Cream Ridge, NJ
The Michael & Kerry Gaynor Award
Established in 2018 by the EQUUS Foundation in appreciation of Michael & Kerry Gaynor's innovative approach to philanthropy in establishing the Houses for Horses Grant program.
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Palm City, FL
Joan & George Hornig Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Joan & George Hornig in appreciation of their boundless compassion and selfless generosity.
The Equus Effect, Sharon, CT
Francis P. (Frank) Kruel Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 in memory of Frank Kruel by his friends.
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc., Salem, CT
Lafitte De Muze Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2018 by Cheryl Olsten in the name of her horse, Lafitte De Muze, to protect America's horses at risk for abuse and neglect, and to inspire others who experience the joy of horses to help ensure that all horses live in comfort and with dignity throughout their lives.
Return to Freedom, Lompoc, CA
Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement Home, Inc., Gilmer, TX
Mighty Nice Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2018 by Caroline Moran in recognition of 2017 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductee Mighty Nice owned by HnD Group, which was formed in memory of the late Bruce Duchossois, who owned Mighty Nice before his passing in 2014.
Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, Lexington, KY
Richard L. Parish Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2014 by the family of Richard L. Parish in recognition of his leadership and dedication for over 45 years to the causes supported by the Richard Laurence Parish Foundation.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Johns Island, SC
Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc., Brewster, NY
Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA
Warioto Farm & Joni Werthan Forever Farms Award
Established in 2018 by the Warioto Farm owned by Joni Werthan, an EQUUS Foundation Forever Farm dedicated to preserving open space for America's horses, especially carriage horses, and safeguarding their comfort and dignity throughout their lives and in memory of her beloved “Magical Max.”
Draft Gratitude, Winchester, NH
The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. Five EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities will receive a $500 cash award and a $500 gift card for Platinum Performance products to be used by the charity for the care of one of their horses. In addition, another five horses will receive $250 gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine, and 10 horses will receive gift cards for a bucket Platinum Performance Equine.
We are truly honored to support the EQUUS Foundation and the incredible work that they do to keep America's horses safe with purposeful lives and loving homes. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. We celebrate all the deserving applicants for their complete transparency and wonderful effort in protecting horses and appreciating the impact they have on each of us,” said Emily Smith, MS, Platinum Performance.
“We are so proud to be associated with Platinum Performance,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. “Their support enables us to protect America's horses by vetting and investing in the charities nationwide that are saving increasing numbers of horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter and charities that are partnering with horses to improve the well-being of people. The Platinum Performance program is really special because it benefits specific horses, and I love to be able to share their stories.”
Only those charities that undergo the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process and receive the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation.
Percheron Cross born 1997
H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue
When animal control persuaded Caroline's owner to surrender Caroline to H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue approximately 1.5 years ago, she was thin and depressed, with hooves that desperately needed attention. She was a 2.5 on the Henneke scale. Her pasture mate had died from neglect in the pasture, next to her.
Since coming to H.O.P.E., Caroline has blossomed. She has gained weight and her true personality has bloomed. Caroline will greatly benefit from Platinum Performance products as she has been diagnosed with Cushing's (PPID), heaves due to allergies, and has some arthritis due to her age. Read more about Caroline here.
Grade born 1987
Drifter's Hearts of Hope
Dunny came to Drifter's Hearts of Hope from a partner dude ranch where he spent his life teaching kids how to ride. A tried and true partner on the trail, he was beloved by the ranch's guests. He is as kind as can be, and always a fan of being brushed and pet. The dude ranch knew that Dunny needed the kind of dedicated rehabilitation that Drifter's Hearts of Hope can provide.
Platinum Performance products will help Dunny gain and maintain a healthy weight so that he will be able to be evaluated and hopefully listed for adoption. Read more about Dunny here.
POA Pony born 2014
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Jade came to Gerda's Equine Rescue two years ago with his mother Pearl. Both had balance issues due to a severe vitamin E deficiency. After several months of Vitamin E supplements, both their levels started to increase and their balance issues disappeared. Since then Pearl has found a wonderful home and Jade is still waiting to find his perfect person. Jade will need to be on supplements for the rest of his life and will greatly benefit from Platinum Performance products. He is a wonderful trail horse and no one can resist his mustache and goofy personality! Read more about Jade here.
Norwegian Fjord born 1991
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center (NWTRC)
Kleng began his career as a therapeutic horse when he was just four years old in 1995. After more than a decade as the backbone of the NWTRC's adaptive riding program, in 2010 he showed signs of colic. After surviving two surgeries and later a diagnosis of Cushing's disease, Kleng remains the go-to lesson horse for people of all abilities. As an older horse, his feed and supplements are vital to him continuing to work in a job that he loves and was born to do. Read more about Kleng here.
No Refunds (Nora)
Thoroughbred born 2016
Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc.
Nora retired from racing at the age of three years old with chips in her knee – having earned over $100,000. After her last race in 2019, she was donated to Thoroughbred Placement Resources where she was assessed as a wonderful candidate for surgery and rehabilitation. Platinum Performance products will provide the nutrients needed for Nora to finish growing while she rehabilitates and made ready for her next chapter. Read more about No Refunds here.
The following five horses will receive $250 gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine. Read about these wonderful horses by clicking on their names.
Dun Mess With Cee – Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
Elsie – Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program
Lacey – Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center
Laucha – Great and Small
Pines Blondy Dude – Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.
The following ten horses will receive gift cards for a bucket Platinum Performance Equine. Read about these wonderful horses by clicking on their names.
Amiga – Ride On St. Louis
Butters – Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
Heisenburg – Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc.
Lou Dillon – Hanaeleh
Me And My Shadow – RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center
Melody – Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
Myrell – Mane Stream, Inc.
Peter – G.A.I.T. Inc.
Ransom – Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Star – Horse Helpers, Inc.
View all the Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award Recipients here.
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