Nancy Koch of CANTER Receives USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Westport, CT - Nancy Koch, Executive Director of CANTER National, was honored as the first recipient of The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Pegasus Awards Dinner on January 16, 2010.

The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award (presented by the United States Equestrian Federation) is a celebration of the humanitarian achievements made by a member of the equestrian world.

Chosen from a number of qualified nominees, Nancy Koch founded The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) as a solution to help racehorses find new careers by connecting buyers and sellers through posting racehorses for sale on the Internet. The program quickly became a national web-based phenomenon, with CANTER affiliates across the country.

In addition to receiving national recognition, the recipient may select an equestrian/horse-related charity to receive a $5,000 grant from The EQUUS Foundation. Nancy selected the CANTER affiliate in Ohio. Pam Cleverly, Executive Director, CANTER Ohio, said "We are extremely pleased to be chosen as the recipient of the $5,000 EQUUS Foundation grant. Nancy started the CANTER Ohio chapter in 2001. With three racetracks in our state, our mission is very important all year long. There is always a great need to help horses at risk, and this grant will help us take in more horses. Nancy has made and continues to make incredible strides in improving the fate of the Thoroughbred. She is a little bundle of boundless energy and dedication when it comes to horses and their welfare."

For more information about the award, contact Melissa Davis at For information about The EQUUS Foundation, contact Lynn Coakley at

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.3 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. 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:

PHOTO: David O'Connor, President of the United States Equestrian Federation, presents The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award to Nancy Koch, Executive Director, CANTER National.