Nominations sought for EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award


Running horsesNominations are now open for the
The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award. The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian
Award was jointly established by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
and the The EQUUS Foundation in 2009 to celebrate the humanitarian achievements
made by a member of the equine community. Specifically, the goal of this
humanitarian honor is to spotlight and exalt the selfless dedication one
individual or a group of individuals has made, whether on a regional or
national scale.

From improving the health and welfare of the horse to promoting and expanding
the general public’s appreciation and respect of the diverse role of horses not
just in equestrian sports but also as aides to the general public, the
recipient of this award will be someone who has devoted considerable personal
time to making the quality of life of our equine partners paramount.

The award will be presented at the Pegasus Awards Dinner on Saturday, January
14, 2012, during the USEF Annual Meeting. The recipient of the Humanitarian
Award will receive a $5,000 grant from The EQUUS Foundation to be awarded to
the equestrian or horse-related charity of his or her choice.

Nomination Deadline
November 14, 2011

The nomination information and link to the online nomination form is available here.

The USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award is limited to individuals.
Corporations, organizations, affiliate groups and businesses are not eligible.
However, this may be amended in exceptional circumstances based on a
case-by-case basis. While the winner of the award is limited to individuals, an
organization may serve as a nominator. Posthumous nominees will not be

Those individuals who are professionally employed in a full-time manner by a
company or entity whose sole purpose is to work for the aforementioned
qualities and philanthropic ends will only be considered as an acceptable
nominee in certain circumstances. These include if their contributions have
been widely viewed as exception beyond their required work performance or if
their achievements and dedication is noted as being far beyond the call of

Any member of the equestrian community may make a nomination for an individual
to be considered for the Humanitarian Award. A nomination form will be made
available to any such person or group making a nomination and a definitive
amount of information must be provided in detail in order for the nominee to be
accepted. This information will include the following:

  • An explanatory, written statement as to why the individual is worthy of the
  • Biographical information of the nominee;
  • Specific examples of their philanthropic work, including their involvement
    (time spent, duration of work, type of work, etc.);
  • Supportive materials such as written testimonials or letters from those who
    have been affected by the nominees contributions; and * Any additional
    materials deemed worthy by the nominator.

For more information about the nominations process, contact Trisha Watkins at
the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) at

Past Recipients
The inaugural 2009 award recipient was Nancy Koch in recognition of her
leadership in establishing CANTER (Communication Alliance to Network
Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) as a solution to help racehorses find new careers
by connecting buyers and sellers through posting racehorses for sale on the

The 2010 award recipient was Robert E. (Bob) in recognition of his integral
role in establishing and building the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
(IHSA) into the organization it is today. The IHSA was founded in 1966 with
five participating colleges and a handful of riders on the principle that any
college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his
or her riding ability or financial status. Today, more than 370 colleges and
universities participate with 8,700-plus riders. It is due to Cacchione’s
efforts that tens of thousands of collegiate students have had the opportunity
to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition.

About The EQUUS
Foundation, Inc.

The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting
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:, website:



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