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February 18, 2013

EQUUS Foundation Partners With Leading Equestrian Footwear And Apparel Manufacturer

The EQUUS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to horse welfare and fostering the horse-human bond in the therapeutic, recreational and sport communities, is pleased to announce its new partnership with Ariat International, a leader in innovative Western and English footwear, apparel and accessories.

As a key partner of the EQUUS Foundation, Ariat will be supporting a variety of initiatives including the Champions program, the Win a Grant program, and the Equine Service Scholarships as well as serving as a sponsor of the Foundation’s two major fundraising events.

"This partnership reflects Ariat's deep rooted commitment to charitable efforts that not only advance the equestrian sport, but also ensure the well-being of horses and enable the therapeutic use of horses for those with individual needs," said Lynn Coakley, president of the EQUUS Foundation. "We are thrilled to have such a strong partner like Ariat onboard with us as we continue to rapidly grow our non-profit. Ariat's contributions will be a tremendous support and will help provide positive changes to well deserving individuals and horses."

"Ariat is honored to support the EQUUS Foundation; their programs provide so many benefits to horse shelters and therapeutic riding facilities throughout the country. We are privileged to be a part of such an excellent organization and to help make a difference," said Susan Alcala, vice president of partnership marketing at Ariat International.

Ariat will be one of the sponsors for the Foundation's two major charity events - Fete Cheval Etoile held on March 8, 2013 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and its Grand Prix Luncheon which will be held on June 22, 2013 in conjunction with the Fairfield Grand Prix, the culminating event of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, CT. For more information about these two events, visit www.equusfoundation.org/events.