EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperer Ambassadors

The EQUUS Foundation recognizes the names of loved ones for whom memorial donations were made during the last two years.

September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023

Anita Marquard



Betty W. Sallee

Carolyn Conway

Dr. Mark Fitch

Duwane Cumberledge

Gama Valenciana


Julie Matte


Kathleen Culbertson

Kim Levine


Melissa Hotz Minarik

Mrs. Betty Sallee

Neva Shoemaker

Norma Naomi Rodgers

Olivia Louise Porter

Pam Gilbert Huston

Ryan Elizabeth Chisholm

Shelly Stevens

September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022

Adorno, Lenny, And Nina

Andrea Lee Payton

Anita Davis

Anta LoDico Robeson

Anthony DeNoia

Arthur Banewicz

Audrey Hickman



Barbara H. Steward

Barbara Nancy Bloom

Barbara Radcliffe

Beautiful Day


Bette Martin

Betty Broadfield

Betty Sallee

Betty Schneider

Betty White

Bob Travali


Brian McFadden

Buddy Koerner

Celeste Dahm

Charlotte Marie Robertson Maples-Geer



Claude Le Frapper



Danny Schatz

Dave Croop

Debbie Stroud

Diane L. Quackenbush

Dr. Kenneth Lee, Dr. Gutstein and Poppy


Edward Merton

Elbert D. Tucker

Elbert Derl Tucker

Elizabeth Keyton





Harvey Silverman

Jame Dean

Jan Mock

Jean Mockler


Jeanne Bucher

Kathryn Sleamaker

Kaylie Marie Meyer

Kristine Blue

Lee Freund

Leslie Hightower Johnson


Linda Jensen

Linda Trommer

Lora Kelly Starzee

Lucille Gates

M. Jean Ice

Madison Antoinette Lynch Dingee

Marge Gash

Marguerite Brennan

Marilyn Buttitta

Mary Evlyn Weaver Pound

Mary Lucinda Barnes Weddell

Megan Nicole Nelson

Morgan Ginsberg

Nancy Beaudoin McKissick

Nancy Stice Thompson

Norma Kelley And Her Horse, Cinnamon

Olivia Porter

Pepper Strand


Ray Amato

Richard Gregoire

Rohara Sojourn ++++//

Roy Lee Fuller

Samantha Calzone



Sidney Morris


Sky's High Command


Stacey Andrews

Stefanie Hartman

Steve DeVincent

Susan Powers

Teresa Bernard

Terri McMahan

Terry Meyer


Tonki and Twinkle



Victoria Anne Abrams

Virginia Tedford

Whitley Cox

William J. Herbert Jr.

Horse Whisperer Ambassadors

Making a lasting difference in the lives of people and horses

Our Horse Whisperer Ambassadors are a special group of people and organizations who are recognized by the EQUUS Foundation with the establishment of an award in their names to honor deserving equine charities for their committment to provide substantial and much needed resources to ensure that America's horses are safe and live with dignity throughout their lives.

The EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors selects charities to receive the Horse Whisperer Ambassador Awards from among grant recipients that best align with the interests of the Horse Whisperer Ambassadors, including those grant recipients with which the Horse Whisperer Ambassador is familiar.

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.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

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.

Brook Hill Farm, Forest, VA

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.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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.

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc., Salem, CT

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

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD, and Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Bedford Corners, NY

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

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, Inc., Lovettsville, VA and Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc., Dover Plains, NY

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.

Gerdas Equine Rescue, Inc., West Townshed, VT

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.

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, Aldie, VA

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.

Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern, PA

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.

Secretariat Center, Lexington, KY

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.

Colorado Horse Rescue, Longmont, CO, and Kentucky Equine Adoption Center: Lexington, KY

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 and in honor of Margie and Dick Bondy.

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Johns Island, SC, and Green Chimneys: Brewster, NY

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.

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, South Windham, ME

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.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Inc. (CKRH), Lexington, KY

Join Us an A Horse Whisperer Ambassador!
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.

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 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.