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March 18, 2019
 
Bouncing and Thundering for Horse Welfare at Mida Farm!

On Monday, March 11th, over 200 guests of the EQUUS Foundation visited the beautiful Wellington, Florida farm of renowned horse welfare advocate and equestrian, Victoria McCullough, to support the EQUUS Foundation's mission to protect America's horses and strengthen the bond between horses and people.

Tens of thousands of America's horses become at-risk for abuse, neglect and an untimely and inhumane end of life each year. Over 85,000 of America's horses were shipped across our borders to be slaughtered in 2018. Most were young, healthy and had untapped potential.

"We believe that the best way for the public to understand the magic of horses is by having the opportunity to engage with horses one-on-one. While not everyone is in a position to adopt a horse, everyone can be a voice for at-risk horses that need our help," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP of Engagement.

Guests gathered to recognize the tireless work of EQUUS Foundation Guardian charity, Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) of Palm City, Florida, and to learn about the rescue and recovery stories of 10 adoptable ERAF horses from their handlers - all ERAF volunteers.

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Aline Walch with Harry, a four-year old Miniature Horse awaiting adoption at Equine Rescue and Adoption
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Robin Doniger with Divo, a four-year old Paso Fino awaiting adoption at Equine Rescue and Adoption
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Rae Cimorelli with eight-month old weanling, Felix, a mixed breed rescued by Equine Rescue and Adoption
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Amanda Cimorelli with Angel, a three-year old Paso Fino awaiting adoption at Equine Rescue and Adoption
Photos above by Phelps Media Group

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Guests had the opportunity to take carriage rides drawn by Victoria McCullough's world-champion Chesapeake Clydesdales. Left to right: Valerie Angeli, Victoria McCullough, and Walter T. (Tim) Kees
Photo by Geoff Tischman

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An event highlight was also the hilarious Bouncy Horse Olympics presented by Upper Echelon Academy.
Photo by Phelps Media Group

Guests also just kicked back on the great lawn, enjoyed beer tasting, compliments of South Beach Brewing Company, and champagne by Lamborghini Champagne and Wines, lounged on the lovely wicker and wrought-iron decor and enjoyed a bounty of elegant snacks while taking in the celebration of all things equine.

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Photo by Phelps Media Group

Also joining the festivities were social media sensations, Teddy and Mickey Blue Eyes, adopted by EQUUS Foundation EQUUStars Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal-Marteau for their young children.

"These lovable and stunning little horses are picture-perfect examples of how rewarding horse adoption can be and how many wonderful horses of all types are out their waiting to be adopted too," said Angeli.

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EQUUS Foundation EQUUStar Briane Goutal-Marteau, Clea Marteau on Teddy, Valerie Angeli, Victoria McCullough, Jasper Bloomberg on Mickey Blue Eyes, and Romain Marteau Photo by Geoff Tischman

As the sun set in pink and golden hues behind the palm trees of Mida Farm, a beautiful and inspiring afternoon for the love of horses was enjoyed by equestrians and horse lovers of all ages!


View all our event photos here!
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Victoria McCullough introduced just some of her many rescued horses when speaking to the crowd. "Saving horses from slaughter is one of the best feelings on earth," said McCullough. Photo by Phelps Media Group

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Alex Hamer, Georgina Bloomberg, with Prince Lorenzo Borghese, co-founder of South Beach Brewing Company
Photo by Geoff Tischman

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Photo by Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation




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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