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January 24, 2020
 
Robb Report's Inaugural Horsepower Gala honors Frank McCourt, Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen
The gala benefited the EQUUS Foundation's vital work to stop equine abuse

Robb Report, the world's leading authority on luxury lifestyle, held its inaugural Horsepower Gala on Sunday, December 8, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria resort. The EQUUS Foundation, America's foremost equine-welfare organization, was chosen by the prestigious publication as its charitable partner to raise funds and to increase awareness of horse abuse, neglect and slaughter.

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The power and magic of horses were the inspirations of the invitation-only event, which honored three champions of equine protection: Frank McCourt, Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen. More than 150 guests gathered with Robb Report and the EQUUS Foundation to celebrate the majesty of horses and all they bring to our lives and to honor the three special individuals who embody passion for horses and equestrian sport.

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Left to right: Left to right: Penske Media vice chairman Gerry Byrne, Penske Media board member Sophie Stenbeck, Georgina Bloomberg, Robb Report managing director David Arnold, Kelly Klein, Monica McCourt, Frank McCourt and Robb Report editor in chief Paul Croughton

Frank McCourt received the Horsepower Leadership Award for his commitment to safeguarding the protection and dignity of America's horses and was introduced by his wife, Monica McCourt.

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Monica McCourt
Mr. and Mrs. McCourt are enthusiastic supporters of equestrian sports and own several amateur and competitive horses as well as the Miami Celtics, a world-class show-jumping team that competes in the Global Champions League.

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Left to right: Paul Croughton, Monica McCourt and Frank McCourt

Georgina Bloomberg received a Horsepower Rider of the Year Award and was introduced by Valerie Angeli, vice president of engagement at the EQUUS Foundation.

Jessica Springsteen received a Horsepower Rider of the Year Award and was introduced by Sophie Stenbeck, a gala co-chair, equine advocate and Penske Media board member.

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Sophie Stenbeck
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Georgina Bloomberg

Bloomberg and Springsteen were recognized for their tireless work on behalf of the EQUUS Foundation and the protection of America’s horses throughout their lives. Both are leading competitive show-jumping athletes who have supported the EQUUS Foundation since its earliest days, motivating fellow equestrians and horse advocates to become horse protectors.

The evening would not have been possible without the support of prominent equine advocates Mary-Kate Olsen, Monica McCourt, Kristy Hinze-Clark, Kelly Klein, Katherine Kaneb, Gerry Byrne and Sophie Stenbeck, who co-chaired the Horsepower Gala, or without the event's partners: Lugano Diamonds, Corro, Bloomberg Philanthropies, McCourt Global, Rushy Marsh Farm, Lutz // Manfredi, Swede Ventures, Ion Media, Merrill/The Reed Group, Artemis Equestrian Farms, Offit Capital, VistaJet, Daniel & Ellen Crown, Mr. & Mrs. Tim Coleman, Hugo Stenbeck, PMC and RR1.

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Stuart Winston of Lugano Diamonds (center) with guests
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Left to right: Hugo Stenbeck, Mary Manfredi, Brandon Wall, Peter Lutz and Callen Solem

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VistaJet guests
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Left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Byrne, Renick Townsend and Dale Reed

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Left to right: Brianne Goutal-Marteau, Alex Hamer, Paige Bellissimo and Sydney Shulman
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Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Devon Simpson

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Chef Paul Bartolotta, a James Beard Award winner, flew in to prepare a special dish at the gala, his Agnolotti al Plin del Trifulau, with Urbani Truffles supplying the main ingredient. Another highlight: VistaJet proudly offered five hours of flight time for up to eight passengers aboard a Challenger 350 Aircraft to benefit the EQUUS Foundation. The bidding was lively, and the lot was won by Mr. and Mrs. Rick Mershad.

"We are thrilled and privileged to be part of this stunning and meaningful evening for those who ride, work with, care about and care for horses and to celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees — Frank, Georgina and Jessie. Each is a champion of the equestrian sport and equine protection," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation president.

"The EQUUS Foundation is committed to not only increasing adoptions of at-risk horses and providing a safe haven for aged horses, but also increasing opportunities for all people to engage and partner with horses in new, innovative ways."

"Horses bring joy to old and young alike. Evenings like this help us ensure a safe and sustainable environment for horses now and in the future."

EQUUS Foundation Left to right: Georgina Bloomberg, Lynn Coakley and Frank McCourt

Stay tuned! We are looking forward to the second annual Horsepower Gala in 2021!


ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100 percent 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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