Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show
The Equus Foundation
HH Narcos Du Marais, ridden by Sidney Shulman; Horse Show Ringmaster John E. Franzreb III, cochair Jane Henderson, cochair Jennifer Ross, Gregory Venizelos, George N. Venizelos, cochair Michele Ippolito, EQUUS Foundation Chairman of the Board Jenny Belknap Kees and EQUUS Foundation President Lynn Coakley
This year’s Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, to benefit the EQUUS Foundation, was a mix of fun and philanthropy. The annual event, which welcomes equestrians of all ages and skill levels, is also the only national horse show in Fairfield County that welcomes the public, free of charge. The five-day event offered everything from equestrian competitions, shopping at the show’s Paddock Boutique and activities for the young horse fans. Family Fun Day included free pony rides organized by the New Canaan Mounted Troop, arts and crafts by The Giggling Pig, and a “horseless horse show,” where children hoofed it over small barriers like ponies. The event culminated in the Grand Prix and the EQUUS Foundation Benefit Luncheon, where guests enjoyed delicious food under the welcomed shade of the tent. The United States Equestrian Federation has designated the horse show as a Heritage Competition, the highest honor that can be achieved by a horse show in the nation. Over $185,000 was raised to benefit the EQUUS Foundation, which has been the horse show’s beneficiary for the past ten years. EQUUS is dedicated to horse welfare and helps people with special needs experience the joy of riding horses.