September 21, 2017
Contact: Lynn Coakley
mail@equusfoundation.org | 203-259-1550

Magic for Miniature Horses at the 2017 American Gold Cup!
The EQUUS Foundation and its EQUUStars were out in full force to help America's horses with a week-long presence at this year's American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY from September 14-17th, 2017. The highlight was the Miniature Horse Meet and Greet and Adoption Event on Sunday, September 17.

EQUUS Foundation EQUUStars, Georgina Bloomberg, Jennifer Gates and Clementine Goutal, our newest EQUUStar, took time out of their competition schedules to passionately speak out for horses across the United States whose lives depend on new chapters and opportunities.

The American Gold Cup is the fourth EQUUS Foundation adoption event since May - following successful events at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show and the Hampton Classic Horse Show.

"Thousands of people have now been inspired and touched by the plight of horses in transition that depend on us to stay safe," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP Communications. "When we all work together for horses, anything is possible and there was certainly magic made at the Gold Cup!"

Mini horses on parade at our Equine Adoption event at the 2017 Gold Cup! Photo: EQUUS Foundation

"I was so honored to work with the EQUUS Foundation at the American Gold Cup to get the word out on mini horse adoptions. Horses come in all shapes and sizes and none are immune to being at risk for slaughter", said Jennifer Gates. "Although they are small, mini horses have big hearts."

"As the proud caregiver to two minis, I know they have so much to teach us. They are healers and athletes and best of all they are loyal friends. I have seen the amazing joy therapy horses bring to the sick and the neglected and I am confident that the love they bring to someone in need will always be transformative."

"Please join me in saving these wonderful horses and giving them a second chance in new forever homes."

EQUUStar, Jennifer Gates, helping get minis adopted at the Gold Cup and speaking to attendees about what precious friends mini horses can be. Jenn has two adopted miniature horses herself. Photo: EQUUS Foundation

Miniature Horse Meet & Greet
The Miniature Horse Meet and Greet and Adoption Event featured the rescued minis of EQUUS Foundation Messenger charity, Artemis Farm Rescue, founded and run by equestrian, celebutante, actress and animal rights advocate, Cornelia Guest.

Six miniature horses, Othello, Jasmine, Poppy, Lucy, Princess and Dionysus, enchanted riders and spectators who were amazed to discover that even adorable pint-size horses are also at risk and need homes and a new purpose.

We are thrilled to report that Othello and Poppy were swooped up and adopted almost instantly at the event to be mascots at wonderful show barns, and several other minis sparked serious interest in future adoption.
Poppy is adopted! Brooke Gunther fills out an application to adopt Poppy the mini horse with the team from Artemis Farm Rescue, cheered on by EQUUS Foundation EQUUStar, Jennifer Gates! Photo: EQUUS Foundation
The team from Artemis Farm Rescue and our EQUUStar, Georgina Bloomberg, and her son, Jasper, pose with the adoptable mini horses during our Gold Cup Adoption event. Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Competitive equestrian, Serena Marron, fell in love with Othello, and he's now the much loved mascot at Twin Oaks Farm! Serena and her fellow riders at Twin Oaks can't wait to get to the barn and see him every day! Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Four of six of the adoptable mini horses from Artemis Farm Rescue arriving at our Adoption Event at the Gold Cup, held by EQUUS Foundation VP of Communications, Valerie Angeli Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Jasper Bloomberg, son of our EQUUStar, Georgina Bloomberg, shows off his horsemanship skills with Poppy the mini horse and demonstrates how docile and sweet minis can be. Poppy got adopted at the event -- thanks for your help, Jasper! Photo: Georgina Bloomberg
Our newest EQUUStar, Clementine Goutal, helped with the mini horse adoptions and spoke out on social media about the magic of horses not only as athletes, but also as companions, teachers, and especially healers. Photo: EQUUS Foundation

All Week Long
Riders, spectators, horse people and horse lovers took part in #RideForHorses social media opportunities to raise visibility for the need to protect America's at-risk horses and provide opportunities for horses to change peoples' lives, especially for people with special needs.

EQUUS Foundation Messenger charities in the local area were also invited to showcase their wonderful work throughout the week and included Endeavor Therapeutic Riding, Rising Starr Horse Rescue and Artemis Farm Rescue. Charities receive the EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation for their commitment to public accountability and willingness to publish and share extensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance.

Emily Bushnell and Kelly Slon of Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship joined us at the American Gold Cup to talk to show attendees and competitors about their work for horses that help people! Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Frank Madden, head trainer at Old Salem Farm, took time to speak out for horses with us during the Gold Cup! Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Rosalind "Roz" Schaeffer, horse owner and horse welfare advocate, supports the #RideForHorses campaign! Photo: EQUUS Foundation
The legendary Olympian, Anne Kurskinski, showed her compassion and support for horses at our Gold Cup tent! Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Missy Clark and Ed Copeland, support the EQUUS Foundation #RideforHorses campaign. Photo: EQUUS Foundation
Richard Padilla and Jimmy Doyle for Team Gotham North Enterprizes/Georgina Bloomberg show their support for our work at Gold Cup! Photo: EQUUS Foundation

"These events give the equine community and the public the opportunity to meet at-risk horses face to face and to truly understand that most horses in need of homes are simply unlucky and have enormous potential to bring joy and inspiration to the right person," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Communications.

"They also allow the EQUUS Foundation to provide exposure for worthy equine organizations that depend on donations and volunteers to do their amazing work for horses. Many of the participating groups returned home with new resources to enhance their programs, in addition to placing horses in much needed homes."

Special thanks to the American Gold Cup team and our EQUUStars for their support and generosity.

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 dedicated solely to horse welfare and the horse-human bond. 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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