Press Releases

Equestrian Aid Foundation Helps Eventer Kim Meier Cope After Life-Altering Injury

April 9th, 2018

Kim Meier and Test Run had a top-10 finish at Kentucky Rolex Three Day Event in 2004. Photo by Dean Graham   Wellington, Fla. – Apr. 9, 2018 – Kim Meier reached the pinnacle of eventing before tragedy struck. In 2007 she was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a freak accident. For Kim and horse people like her facing catastrophic injury and illness, life becomes a struggle. Kim carved her career in classic eventer fashion,

Luminary Award Presented to Stephanie Riggio Bulger for Service to Equestrian Aid Foundation

March 13th, 2018

Stephanie Riggio Bulger accepts the Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award. Photo by EQ Media   Wellington, Fla. – March 12, 2018 – Equestrian Aid Foundation founders, board members, staff and friends honored Stephanie Riggio Bulger with their Luminary Award for her invaluable service to the organization. Founders Robert Dover, chef d’équipe of the U.S. Dressage team and Robert Ross hosted a private party Sunday,

Equestrian Aid Foundation Helps Farrier Get Back on Track After Serious Injury

February 22nd, 2018

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 22, 2018 – Trevor Lent made his living as a farrier until the day he was kicked so badly that both his kneecap and femur shattered. After an initial unsuccessful surgery, his doctor performed a total knee replacement that left him temporarily non-weight bearing and permanently unable to return to his livelihood of shoeing horses. Without income from his work, the once self-reliant cowboy’s life

Author and Trainer Shane Ledyard to Support Equestrian Aid Foundation through Book Sales

February 20th, 2018

    Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 16, 2018 – Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce that author Shane Ledyard will donate a portion of the paperback sales of his latest book, “Sycamore Whispers,” to the organization through February. Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance to horse people from all corners of the U.S. equestrian world who are facing catastrophic injury or illness.   Purchase “Sycamore

Shapley’s Superior Grooming Products Partners with Equestrian Aid Foundation

January 8th, 2018

Wellington, Fla. ­– Jan. 8, 2018 – Equestrian Aid Foundation and Shapley’s Superior Equine Grooming Products have teamed up to support of the nonprofit’s mission to help horse people facing catastrophic injury and illness. Shapley’s will donate 10 percent of all local product retail sales during the winter season circuit competitions at HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, HITS Ocala Winter Circuit and the Winter Equestrian

Equestrian Aid Foundation's Lifeline Helps Trainer Steven Castillo

November 16th, 2017

Steven Castillo. Photo by Graham Photography     Wellington, Fla. – Nov. 16, 2017 – Steven Castillo can’t remember a life without horses. He dabbled in the jumpers and eventing then fell in love with dressage. Castillo, who hails from the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama, became a successful trainer, competitor, instructor and judge. He carved out his career with what he describes as a mixed bag of horses. He remembers

Valegro's Shoe Donated By Carl Hester Earns Top Dollar to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation

October 19th, 2017

Linda Wondrack and Betsy Dangel with Valegro's shoe and Carl Hester. Photo by Mary Phelps.   New Gloucester, Maine – Oct. 19, 2017 – A silver-plated horseshoe once worn by superstar dressage horse Valegro raised $5,000 for Equestrian Aid Foundation at the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Carl Hester Symposium, held Oct. 14-15 in New Gloucester, Maine. The bidding was hot among the clinic attendees. In the end,

Recipient Christine Campbell Forges Ahead

October 17th, 2017

  Christine Campbell . Photo by Diane Hackett.   Wellington, Fla. – Oct. 16, 2017 – Christine Campbell is fearless in the face of challenge and she has led the life to prove it. An equestrian from an early age, she rode with Ronnie Mutch, earned her colors with the Smithtown Hunt and was a whipper-in for the Fairfield County Hounds. She has trained field hunters to grand prix jumpers, ridden internationally and has worked

Monmouth at the Team to Participate as a Show You Care Competition

August 15th, 2017

Photo by Ric Shaffer Photography.   Wellington, Fla. – Aug.13, 2017 – Equestrian Aid Foundation announced that Monmouth at the Team, held Aug.14-20 in Gladstone, New Jersey, will participate in their new horse show program, Show You Care. The show management has designated Wednesday’s Low Adult Hunter and the $1,500 Bit O’ Straw Pre-Adult and Pre-Child Classic, sponsored by Signature Spurs as Show You Care classes.

Missy Luczak-Smith and Doug Smith Sponsor Equestrian Aid Foundation Grooms Class at Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

August 4th, 2017

Blowing Rock, N.C. ­– Aug. 3, 2017 – Board member Missy Luczak-Smith and her husband Doug Smith sponsored the annual $1,000 Equestrian Aid Foundation Hunter Grooms Class at the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show on Sunday, July 30. The class had a record turnout of grooms and their charges, but it was Daniel Gomez who won the top prize with Caroline Moran’s Bacardi, a gleaming, gray KWPN gelding by Casco. (At left: Meredith