EQUUS Foundation and USEF Announce the Best Course Competition

Westport, CT - September 29, 2013 - The Best Course Gives Back to the Horse! There isn't any horse lover who would want to ponder where we would be without the gentle giants who team with us in sport, recreation and many other public service capacities - which is why the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) are jointly sponsoring the Best Course Competition - open to all USEF Licensed Competitions and their competitors.

What better way than to launch the Best Course Competition than in the Nation's Capital at the Washington International Horse Show, October 22-27, 2013.

"WIHS is very pleased to have the opportunity to launch the Best Course of the Day program with the EQUUSFoundation and the USEF. We are thrilled to kick-off this program that encourages competitors to give back to horses. Horses give so much to us everyday, it was time to return the favor. The EQUUS Foundation has a great concept with the Best Course Competition and with the longstanding WIHS partnership with EQUUS Foundation, we wanted be the first," said Victoria Lowell, WIHS President.

WIHS competitors can sign up for an EQUUS Foundation "Best Course of the Day" armband on their official Washington International acceptance form. Contact WIHS at WIHSsecretary@wihs.org for more information.

Best Course Competition - How Does it Work?

The new program utilizes competition itself to benefit horse welfare.

 * USEF Licensed Competitions sign up as Best Course Competitions by offering the official "Best Course of the Day".

 * Competitors purchase an official EQUUS Foundation "Best Course of the Day" armband with a $20 tax deductible donation as part of their entry fees.

 * Judges select the winner of the "Best Course of the Day" each day of the show from among the competitors wearing the armband while competing in any division that day.

 * 100% of the proceeds are donated to the EQUUS Foundation to improve the quality of life for horses through rescue, rehab, training and re-homing.

USEF Licensed Competitions that sign up as Best Course Competitions, along with the winners of the Best Course of the Day, will be recognized by both the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation.

The judge will select the Best Course from among those competitors (junior, amateur or professional) wearing the official Best Course Competition EQUUS Foundation Armband while competing in any division at the participating competition. Rather than score-based, the winner will be the judge's favorite and most memorable performance.

"We are thrilled to launch this wonderful program at the Washington show and hope that the enthusiasm to participate extends to not only other hunter-jumper shows but to the other USEF discipline and breed competitions as well. It's open to every competitor at every level and is a call to action to the equestrian sport as a whole to give back to their equine team mates," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

Find out more at www.equusfoundation.org/BestCourse!