A celebrated Hall of Fame Trainer and a beloved local celebrity weatherman and his wife who have placed thousands of companion animals will be honored for their humane work by Equine Advocates on Friday, July 29th at the historic Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. The organization will also be celebrating its 20th birthday as well as the 15th anniversary of this event in Saratoga.
Jonathan Sheppard was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1990, having won numerous stakes races and training thirteen Eclipse Award winners. He will be honored by Equine Advocates with the Ellen & Herbert Moelis Safe Home Equine Protection Award for his humane treatment of race horses. The Moelis's were the very first recipients of this award for founding Thoroughbred Charities of America with the late Allaire du Pont. They issued this joint statement about Jonathan Sheppard:
“Here is a Hall of Fame trainer who obviously knows how to be successful in training a horse to win important races but is also dedicated to the welfare of the horse. Jonathan is focused on the aftercare and future career for retired Thoroughbreds. He also has been in the forefront in the industry effort to eliminate drugs in racing. Jonathan Sheppard is a very respected and important voice in any industry effort.”
Everyone in the Capital District knows Steve Caporizzo, News10's Chief Meteorologist since 1989 who reports the weather live from Saratoga Race Course during the meet. He is also widely known as the host of The Pet Connection. His wife, Lisa, is the co-founder of Free to Be Me Rescue for dogs and cats. Together, they are a dynamic duo. Steve has been publicly opposed to horse slaughter and outspoken against the transport of slaughter-bound equines into Canada from and through New York State.
Tickets are $250 per person. The evening includes a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, silent & live auctions and dancing to the music of Body & Soul with a special Tribute to Prince. For more information call (518) 392-0175; email: [email protected]
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