The EQUUS Foundation and the USEF Launch America's Favorite Equestrian America's Favorite Equestrian is an interactive fundraising effort presented jointly in partnership by The EQUUS Foundation and The USEF
News-Sports.net - Dec 19,2010 - WESTPORT, CT - America's Favorite Equestrian is an interactive fundraising effort presented jointly in partnership by The EQUUS Foundation and The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to raise funds to advance the equestrian sport on an annual basis.
Using mobile texting, you can vote to select America's Favorite Equestrian and support The EQUUS Foundation with a $5 gift. 100% of all donations will be used to support charitable causes. A minimum of $10,000 in "sport welfare" grants will be awarded, with an additional $5,000 grant awarded to the equestrian discipline generating the most votes.
The objective is for the America's Favorite Equestrian to be an ongoing program with all equestrian disciplines/breeds represented and the winners recognized in a permanent "Hall of Fame". The original intent was to launch the inaugural program in conjunction with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which is why initially the eight disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-dressage, reining and vaulting were selected. The affiliates of the USEF representing these disciplines selected the equestrians. But, there were some logistics involved in establishing the mobile texting system and developing the website, which delayed the launch until December.
"It is our goal to bring recognition to all the equestrian disciplines and breeds, and to inspire all equestrians to support our overall efforts on behalf of horses.You have to start somewhere, and for our founders, the background was the hunter-jumper community. We hope this program will generate excitement and involvement for horse lovers everywhere," said Lynn Coakley, President of The EQUUS Foundation.
The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to securing homes and useful lives for all horses - competitively, recreationally and therapeutically - and to educating the public on the important role horses have in our everyday lives. The Foundation supports programs that use the horse to benefit the public, like therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities, programs that promote horse welfare including rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and retirements, and programs that promote the equestrian sport.
In the short time since the Foundation's establishment, more than $1.5 million in grants has been awarded to horse and equestrian charities across the United States.
Recognizing that competition for charitable dollars is fierce and the fact that the Foundation is currently only able to award grants to less than half of the worthy applicants, the Board of Directors established and launched a new online network for social activism, carrots4acause, in September. "Our charities told us that second to financial support is the need for volunteers, and they are thrilled with the outcome. We hope to have the thousands of charities dedicated to horses and equestrians signed up for this free network by the end of 2011," said Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman of the Board of The EQUUS Foundation.
The EQUUS Foundation also established a national Humanitarian Award in association with the United States Equestrian Federation in 2009, which is presented annually at the Pegasus Awards Dinner during the USEF Annual Meeting to spotlight the selfless dedication one individual or a group of