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June 11, 2019
Generations of Horsepower Thrive in Fairfield County: Four-Wheeled and Four-Legged! Ox Ridge Horsepower Starts Today!

Two weeks of equestrian events culminating with breathtaking show jumping exhibitions will be held in Fairfield County, Connecticut, this month - thanks in large part to the continued support of the Callari Family, BMW of Darien and MINI of Fairfield County.

Grand Prix Day at the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show will be held on Saturday, June 15, with a 4 pm start, followed by Family Fun & Grand Prix Day on Saturday, June 22, at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show starting at 10:30 am. The EQUUS Foundation's Benefit Luncheon starting at 11:30 am will be held in association with the Fairfield Grand Prix.

Both shows – Ox Ridge, June 11-16, and Fairfield, June 18-22, are nationally recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the governing body of the equestrian sport, as Heritage Competitions, and bring top-notch equestrian competition, philanthropy and family entertainment to the public. Many of the most popular BMW and MINI models will be on display at both shows.

Horsepower runs in Callari veins - with generations of Callari family members committed to representing two of the most iconic automotive brands in the world and in their passion for equestrian sport.

Founded by Felix Callari in 1967, on his passing in 2008, his legacy passed on to his daughters Paula (President) and Flavia (Vice President).

"Mr. Callari was a true pioneer in the automobile industry, making not just service to the customer but also giving back to the community the number one priority," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

"I know he would have been so proud to know that Flavia's oldest son, George Santangelo, has come onboard as Digital Marketing Manager for the dealership, and that Paula's youngest daughter, Samantha, has her aunt's same passion for equestrian sport." Samantha trains with Chance Arakelian, head trainer at Ox Ridge and competes in the Junior 3' Division on her horse Moose.
EQUUS Foundation Left to Right: Paula Callari, with her youngest daughter Samantha Callari and her horse Moose , George Santangelo, the oldest son of Flavia Callari, and Flavia Callari.

The Callari Family has had a long history as supporters of equestrian competition and were instrumental in establishing the inaugural Grand Prix at Fairfield in 1999 and in supporting the EQUUS Foundation's Benefit Luncheon, held annually in association with the Fairfield Grand Prix.

Please join us on Saturday, June 22nd, to experience the thrill of show jumping and help ensure a humane and sustainable environment for horses now and in the future. Individual seating is available at $250 per person. Tables of 10 start at $2,500. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The amount excluded from tax deduction is $100 per seat.
Callari Cup
The Callari Cup presented to the winner of the
Fairfield Grand Prix each year.

Join us for our Grand Prix Luncheon - Sponsor a class! www.equusfoundation.org/fairfieldrsvp

EQUUS Foundation
BMW of Darien
140 Ledge Road, Darien, CT 06820

EQUUS Foundation
MINI of Fairfield County
154 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

The award-winning dealerships - BMW of Darien and MINI of Fairfield County - feature state-of-the art sales and service facilities, with an extraordinary inventory of new and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.
Fast Facts . . .
When James Watt invented the steam engine in the early 1800's, Watt developed a formula to equate horses to engine power to prove his industrial steam engine could outwork horses that were used for pulling, pushing and lifting heavy loads in factories, mills, and mines – thus coining the term, horsepower. One foot-pound is the work it takes to lift one pound a distance of one foot. One horsepower works out to about 33,000 foot-pounds per minute, or 550 foot-pounds per second.

In automotive terms, the horsepower of the 2019 BMW 330i xDrive is 255 HP and the horsepower of the 2019 MINI Cooper S Countryman AWD is 189 HP.

While horses may not be a match for the staying power of modern transportation today, horses still beat out cyclists. While some professional cyclists can generate two horsepower, they cannot sustain more than a few tenths of a horsepower over the full length of a race.

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.
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