Press Releases

All Hands on Deck: Clip-a-Thon To Benefit EAF's COVID Fund

October 23rd, 2020

  Wellington, Fla. — Oct. 23, 2020 — Freelance groom Tim Gaskell and lifelong equestrian and marketing professional Kayla Wright are back in action for a second round of their wildly successful Clip-a-Thon, and this time, they're bringing friends.  When the COVID-related industry shutdown wreaked financial havoc for many equestrian professionals last spring, the duo planned and executed a 24-hour, live-streamed

Equestrian Aid Foundation Reaches GuideStar's Highest Seal of Transparency

October 15th, 2020

  Wellington, Fla. ­– Oct. 15, 2020 – The Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce that it has earned GuideStar's Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, the world's most comprehensive provider of information about nonprofit organizations. The Platinum level is given to organizations that commit to GuideStar's highest standards of management and reporting. By sharing metrics and information that highlight

Ramirez and Viva Mas Shine in 8th Annual EAF Grooms Class at Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

July 28th, 2020

  Class winner Victor Ramirez and Viva Mas with Bruce Christison, Leslie Wheat Roberts, and Amy Christison. Photo by Missy Luczak-Smith. Blowing Rock, N.C. – July 28, 2020 – Victor Ramirez topped a field of 24 entries with Geddaway Farm's Viva Mas to win the $4,200 Equestrian Aid Foundation Grooms Class at the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show on Sunday, July 26.   A time-honored tradition at BRCHS, this year’s class was

Equestrian Aid Foundation Processes COVID-19 Relief Grants for Industry Professionals in Crisis

April 16th, 2020

Wellington, Florida—Apr. 16, 2020—The Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce the distribution of 160 relief checks to equestrians in financial crisis as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative to support equestrian professionals and industry service providers has been funded through EAF’s Disaster Relief Fund. “The essential shutdown of our industry has really thrown the community

Jacquie McCutchan Honored with 2020 Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award

February 12th, 2020

Jacquie McCutchan, center, with mother Eileen Ballard and sister Liz Howse   Wellington, Fla. — Feb. 12, 2020 — The Equestrian Aid Foundation presented Jacquie McCutchan with its Luminary Award this week, an honor given to those who have exhibited an outstanding philanthropic commitment to the equestrian community. "Jacquie has been an integral part of EAF's work for over two decades," said EAF leadership team member

California Fire Season Prompts Grant from EAF's Disaster Relief Fund

November 24th, 2019

The  California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection reports that the fire season in California and across the West is starting earlier and ending later each year. Photo by Matt Howard.   Wellington, Fla. – Nov. 25, 2019 – The Equestrian Aid Foundation provided a grant to the Fleet of Angels’ Emergency Horse Hay Bank program this week to support the organization’s ongoing work of providing horse owners with

EAF Honored at Monmouth at the Team

August 20th, 2019

Monmouth at the Team co-owners Michael Dowling (left) and Tucker Ericson (right) present a check to Equestrian Aid Foundation board member Marilou Case. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography   Wellington, Fla. -- Aug. 20, 2019 -- Monmouth at the Team show co-owners Michael Dowling and Tucker Ericson made a special presentation and donation on Sunday to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Marilou Case, member of the leadership

Vega Tops Field in 7th Annual EAF Grooms Class at Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

July 31st, 2019

 Andreas Vega and Liz  Hudspeth's  Fairfax with class sponsor and Equestrian Aid Foundation board member Missy Luczak-Smith. Photo by Sally Floyd Kay   Blowing Rock, N.C. – July 31, 2019 – Andreas Vega topped a field of 12 entries with Liz Hudspeth's Fairfax to win the $1,000 Equestrian Aid Foundation Grooms Class at the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.  "Last year we were fifth in this class," Hudspeth said of Vega and

 Equestrian Aid Foundation Grant Helps California Trainer Through Recovery Period

April 28th, 2019

Lisa Avila schooling a young eventing prospect on the cross-country course. Photo by Carolyn Orndoff.   Wellington, FL — Apr. 28, 2019 — As the daughter of a cattle foreman, California native Lisa Avila grew up in the saddle. Horsemanship was second nature. While her passion for high performance horse sports eventually led her to experiences far beyond ranch life, a generations-old ability to train horses was coded

PADDOCK MASTER PRUNING RAISES OVER $15,000 FOR HORSEMEN IN CRISIS

February 26th, 2019

Winter Equestrian Festival paddock masters Tom Carlson, Mo Duhon and Pat Duncan   Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 26, 2019 –  In an unprecedented fundraising initiative for the Equestrian Aid Foundation, three ingate staff at the world-class Winter Equestrian Festival raised over $15,000 in just under two weeks... by pledging to shave their heads and beards as monetary goals were met. The effort was the brainchild of Grand