New this year, spectators were welcome to watch exciting show jumping and participate in Family Fun Day sponsored by Nestlè Waters North America with free pony rides, face painting, horseless show jumping, and crafts by Make and Mingle.
There were also over 20 boutiques on site including Amore dei Cani, Approximate Notions, Bainbridge and Company, Catch All, Charles Ancona New York, Daphne F. Mitchell Stationery, Forte Gelato, Groove, Hendra Rose, It's a Bumwrap, Mango Bay, Peter Beaton, Inc., Ponymom Designs, Skiffingtons, stella & dot/Emily Blaikie, Steven Parton, Studio Gem, Sweet Rexie's, The Traveling Boutique, Venture Photography, and Nancy Zylstra Designs/R.U. Swanky.
"We are deeply grateful to be the beneficiary of the horse show," said Lynn Coakley as she addressed the luncheon guests and spectators. She continued, "I'd like to recognize the President of the Fairfield County Hunt Club and is wife, Ray and Clare Condon, the Hunt Club staff, and the new show managers, William Aguirre and JP Goddard, for their contribution to making the show a success.
There's two more people that need to be recognized. Tracy Harris and Jen Ross. The spectacular setting and exceptional arrangement were ALL the result of the leadership and incredibly hard work of these two inspirational individuals."
On Thursday, the featured event was the $7,500 Poland Spring Welcome Jumper Stake presented by Nestlè Waters North America.
Peter Lutz aboard Kenyon owned by Orchard Farm claimed victory. On hand to present the awards were Gustav Quast, Chief Financial Officer, Nestlè Waters North America, his wife, Hilke, and their three children, Friedrich, Felix and Philipp with pet Amber.
Amber was one of 29 contestants in the Pet Parade hosted by Earth Animal that followed the awards presentation, including 20+ dogs, a guinea pig, two parakeets, a chinchilla, and a rabbit. All entrants received a treat from Earth Animal and an "award of animal excellence" for their participation in the procession around the show grounds ending with a congregation on the lawn where the contestants performed tricks for the crowds.
The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors were on hand throughout the week to present awards to the ribbon winners. Corporate sponsors included Fairfield Grand Prix Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos; Official Beverage Sponsor: Nestlè Waters North America; Official Magazine Sponsor: Moffly Media; Gold Medal Sponsors: Avenue Capital Group, Fairfield Equine Associates, and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services; Silver Medal Sponsors: Coca-Cola Company, Corinthian Partners, L.L.C., D'Addario Industries, Fence Man, Inc., Gary Goldberg Financial Services, Hi Ho Petroleum, Hospital for Special Surgery, Imperial Dental Associates, Margaret Bondy
Interiors and Wise Metals Group; Bronze Medal Sponsors: Agriventures Agway and Blue Star Jets LLC; and Grand Champion Sponsors: Equine Tack & Nutritionals, Forte Gelato, Teddy's Limousine, and Westport Eyecare Associates.
About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, fostering the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal.
Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.