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December 13, 2012

Horse Stars Hall of Fame established by EQUUS Foundation and United States Equestrian Federation

The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) are pleased to announce the establishment of the Horse Stars Hall of Fame to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and the magical and powerful bond between horses and people. The joint program will honor the contributions of amazing horses that have excelled in sport and in careers serving the public, feature the incredible stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats, and help build a more informed and compassionate America that values the compelling impact of horses in the lives of millions of people every day.

The USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) awards program is one of the oldest nationally recognized multi-breed awards programs in the country. Starting in 2005, one horse has been selected as the year's overall champion by the USEF membership from among a small slate of nominees. All of the nominees have been stellar, accomplished athletes. The "Athlete Horse Stars" in the Horse Stars Hall of Fame will include the USEF overall champion and also the slate of nominees each year since the inception of the program.

The EQUUS Foundation is seeking nominees for the induction of horses that have had or are having a life-changing impact in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies or other public service areas. Candidates for consideration also include horses that have excelled or are excelling in sport or public service after overcoming significant hardship. The nomination deadline is January 15, 2013.