Best in Show
Equus and the Fairfield County Hunt Club
Erin Polatsek, Sean Hogan, Kristen Abbatiello-Neff and Beth Gralnick
photographs by Richard Esposito
The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, to benefit the EQUUS Foundation (also known as Horse Charities of America), was a galloping success. National and local equestrians of all ages showcased their skills during this five-day affair. The show was rated “AA”—the highest horse show rating—and is the only national horseshow in Fairfield County that remains open to the public and free of charge. The events culminated on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon of family fun. Children enjoyed free pony rides, face painting, and jumped over obstacles in their own “horseless horse show.” Other equine enthusiasts relaxed in the shade of the VIP tent for a luncheon that included exclusive ringside views. The EQUUS Foundation awards grants to horse-related charities across the nation. These charities improve the quality of life for horses; educate the public about the cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits of riding and caring for horses; and use horses to enrich the lives of people in need.