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Winners of the Ariat Intl. $5,000 “Win A Grant” Program Announced

WESTPORT, CT – March 14, 2013 – The EQUUS Foundation established its Champions Equine Service program in partnership withAriat International to reward and stimulate volunteerism for equine charities. Established in 2012, over 2,000 individuals signed up over the course of the year to help support the over 600 equine organizations across the United States participating on the EQUUS Foundation carrots4acause network.

Individuals who volunteered a minimum of 24 hours for an equine charity on the EQUUS Foundation carrots4acause network in 2012 were recognized as Champions and automatically entered into a drawing where the winners would have the opportunity to select their charities to receive an EQUUS Foundation grant.

The EQUUS Foundation and Ariat International are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Win A Grant program. Thanks also to Ariat International, each of the individual winners receive a Gift Card for any Ariat boots (tall boots, paddock boots, barn boots, endurance boots) valued at $250 or less.

Ariat also donated five additional Gift Cards good for any Ariat boots (tall boots, paddock boots, barn boots, endurance boots) valued at $250 or less for a drawing to be held in each quarter of 2013 open to all individuals achieving Champion status. The earlier individuals achieve Champion status, the greater the chance they have to win. The first drawing will be conducted in mid April.

The recipient of the first place Win A Grant award of $3,000 was Ride On St. Louis thanks to the volunteer efforts of Kati Bishop. Ride On St. Louis, based in Kimmswick, Missouri, use hippotherapy, therapy with the aid of a horse, and therapeutic horsemanship to achieve emotional, mental and physical benefits for the developmentally and physically disabled, as well as the disadvantaged youth in their community.

2012 Win A Grant 1st Place Winner
Left to Right: Ride On St. Louis Board Member Mark Counts, Program Director Marita Wassman, Volunteer Win A Grant Recipient and Rider Parent Kati Bishop, Rider Aimee DeCoster, Rider Caretaker Josh Ketchum, and Occupational Therapist Danielle Eckert with Remington (“Remi”).

Christine Sicard, a volunteer with Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) based in Lenoir, Texas, was the lucky second place winner, allowing her to give a $2,000 grant to her favorite charity. STAR fosters personal achievement by providing therapeutic experiences using horse related activities for persons with disabilities or other special challenges.

2012 Champions 2nd Place Win A Grant Winner
Gumby, STAR Volunteer Christine Sicard, and STAR Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Suadi. (L to R)

Chasing Rainbows received the third place award of $1,000 thanks to the volunteer efforts of Kate Aughenbach. Chasing Rainbows, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, strengthens individuals with special needs, their families, and our communities by using equine-assisted activities.

Gypsy, Chasing Rainbows Volunteer Kate Aughenbaugh and Executive Director Andrea Gibson. (L to R)

The 2013 Champions program sponsored by Ariat International is underway. The Win A Grant program is just one of the benefits offered to Champions. Learn more about the Champions program at

About The EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, advancing the use of horses to enrich the lives of people in need and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. What started as a local effort in Connecticut in 2002 is now a nationwide campaign on behalf of horses. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by providing financial support to horse-related charities across the United States; connecting a network of equine organizations to equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about 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:, Website: