EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperers

Horse Whisperers

Making a lasting difference in the lives of people and horses


Horse Whisperers are a special group of people and organizations who are inspired by the magical and powerful impact of horses in our lives and recognized by the EQUUS Foundation for their compassion and dedication to horse welfare. A select group of charities are designated as Horse Whisperer Award Recipients each year by the EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors.

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.


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.






ANNUAL AWARDS
Augusta Mills Equestrian - Matt Metell Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in recognition of the dedication of Augusta Mills Equestrian and Matt Metell to the welfare of horses.


Linda Berley Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in celebration of her 70th Birthday and in appreciation of her many friends who recognize her dedication to horse welfare.


Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg.


Marguerite Brennan Memorial Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in memory of Marguerite Brennan and in honor of her loving family, Jane Henderson, her daughter, and Michaela & Sean Pritchett, her grandchildren.


Giant Steps - Next Steps Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation to be awarded to an equine charity serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in honor of the American Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development (AIND) founded in 1993 to enhance the lives of children and young adults with neuro-biologically based learning and developmental disabilities by creating and maintaining outreach, educational, recreational and therapeutic programs and supporting related clinical and medical research.


Gore Family Memorial Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2020 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of the Gore Family's commitment to equine rescue and equine assisted activities and therapies.


Jackson Family Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2020 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of the Jackson Family's commitment to horse welfare.


Kay Family Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Lauren Kay and the Kay Family Foundation


Lafitte De Muze Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2018 by Cheryl Olsten in the name of her horse, Lafitte De Muze, to protect and make a difference in the lives of horses who are in need of next chapters, with specific emphasis on the re-homing and retirement of Standardbreds.


Lannie Lipson Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Lannie Lipson and her commitment to ensuring a humane environment for horses now and in the future.


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.


Newstead Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2019 by the EQUUS Foundation in recognition of the long-standing dedication of the Newstead Foundation and the Firestone Family to safeguarding of comfort and dignity of horses throughout their lives.


Otis Booth Foundation Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of Stephanie Shafran and her daughters, Alexandra and Charlotte Murray, in recognition of their commitment to ensuring that horses remain an important part of American life.


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.


Ellen R. Pearl Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2021 by Ellen R. Pearl to be awarded annually through 2025 to an equine rescue that ensures the respect, dignity and comfort of their rescued equines throughout their lives.


Split Rock Farm/Bobbie & Derek Braun Horse Whisperer Award
Established in 2020 by the EQUUS Foundation in honor of the dedication of the Braun Family and Split Rock Farm to powerful impact of horses in our lives.


MEMORIAL FUND
The EQUUS Foundation recognizes the names of loved ones for whom memorial donations were made during the last two years.
September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022

Baloo

Dr. Kenneth Lee, Dr. Gutstein and Poppy

Fearless

Sky

Stefanie Hartman


September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

Alisdair Wallace

Andrea L. Payton

Andrea Lee Payton

Anita Dailey

Arthur Nestved

Bent

Bessie

Bob Thomases

Buddy

Carol Wissner

Celestial Tapestry

Checkers

Christine

Christine Hull

Cindy Walker

Claire Rebecca Buckley

David Alan Gibbs

David E. Ahearn

David Rodgers

Edmund

Edmund Perwien

Elizabeth Breen Matl

Felix Arredondo

Fred

Gary Lynn Jimmerson

Guinness

Gunner

Hansel

Howard Simowitz

Jackie Green

Jeffry Becker

Jet and Maya

Jill Schroeder Peters

Jim Spears

Joseph Désiré

Junior

Kathleen Boyle

Kenneth Elvis Thompson

Laceypeetz And Tannypeetz

Louis P. Terramagra

Mae

Maggie

Marion G. Smith Of Scotland

Marion Kummel

Mason Phelps, Jr.

Maverick

May

Meredith Lynn Garrett

Mikey

Nancy Bartine

Nancy Marilyn Florian

News

Peppy

Pete

Petey

Randi

Ratier

Raymond "Pat" Hanson

Robert Hess, Jr

Robert Paul McIntosh

Rose

Rosie

Russ Winterbotham

Samantha Calzone

Sandy Schadler

Shadow

Shanda Wallin

Sharon Buske

Sharon McGuire Buske

Sherrie Kulaszewski

Sonny, Fort & Collins Jacobson

Stacey Andrews

Stefanie Piedad Hartman

Susan Gail Smith Eubanks

Susan McAnally

Taryn

Trinity Joy Coulter

Venka

Virginia Haigler

Vivian Frances Burns Ruther

W.E. "Bill" Sparks

Wendy Louise Wynes

Whippoorwill Jessica

Zanzibar


Join Our Horse Whisperers!
Contact us at mail@equusfoundation.org for more information.

Ways to Give
The EQUUS Foundation spends significant time evaluating grant and scholarship applications to insure that your donation will make a real difference. All grant and scholarship recipients must meet the Foundation's eligibility requirements and grant making guidelines.

Unrestricted
An Unrestricted donation is one that may be used to provide financial support to any of the grant or scholarship recipients deemed worthy of award by the Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation.

Field-of-Interest
Field-of-interest donations are ones where the donors may designate a particular area of charitable interest for the award of a grant, such as programs focused on improving the quality of life of horses, or programs providing opportunities for horses to impact people's lives, especially people with special needs. We will work with you to define your specific interest.