5,000 attend charity horse show; raised money for Pegasus
More than 5,000 riders, trainers, spectators and sponsors from across the region participated in the 83rd annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show in June.
The premier sponsor was Callari Auto Group and the charity recipient was Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. Corporate sponsors were the Carrington Charitable Foundation, Moffly Media Publications, Whole Foods and Double Tree Hotel.
As the show's beneficiary, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding will receive a percentage of net proceeds from the $85,000 raised through sponsorships. In addition, Pegasus' information booth featured an equestrian jewelry sale, and guests were invited to give parking donations to benefit Pegasus. The combined funds raised at the show will be used for fencing to reconfigure two large paddocks for the therapeutic horses at Pegasus Farm in Brewster, N.Y.
"The outpouring of support we've received from guests and the ORHC alike has been fantastic," said Todd Gibbs, Pegasus' executive director. "The show was a huge fundraising and awareness success, and we're eagerly anticipating next year's event."
Irish-born Kevin McCarthy rode Vernal to victory in the $30,000 grand prix. Vernal is owned by Kate Kohlhas and trained by Darren Graziano. The other winners included Colin Syquia atop Zsa Zsa, who took home $5,000 in the Callari Auto Group Welcome Class, and Holly George, who piloted Bombay to a first-place finish in the $1,500 FW PHA Derby.
The boutique vendors included Joseph Der Dau custom riding boots, Arcona Riding Apparel, Wild Horses Clothing, Lazlo Accessories, Patricia's Gifts, Carcoal Leather Jewelry and Pegasus' own "Rider's Closet," which raised awareness for Georgina Bloomberg's free equestrian clothing exchange program, founded at her home in 2006 and relocated to Pegasus Farm in 2010. Two-hundred and fifty VIP guests also partook in a champagne brunch in the Callari Auto Group VIP tent, catered by O'Neills Pub of Norwalk and Glen Liquors of Darien.
"We're so thankful to all of the sponsors, riders, coaches and residents who came out to support us in 2013," said Alison Potter, business manager at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, the site of the annual show, "and hope to see them all again at next year's 100-year anniversary celebration."
The ORHC has received sponsorship commitment of more than $25,000 in advance of 2014's program, and is already hard at work planning its own birthday celebration.