Top Grand Prix Riders Compete for Horse Welfare on Feb. 20

Blackburn Architects, P.C., will join Animal Planet, Ariat, Fairfield Equine Associates and the Split Rock Jumping Tour as team sponsors of the first Best Performance Team Invitational on Friday evening, Feb. 20, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

Team captains Derek Braun, Darragh Kenny, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, Rodrigo Pessoa and McLain Ward will compete with teammates, Max Amaya, Molly Ashe-Cawley, Hayley Barnhill, Georgina Bloomberg, Kirsten Coe, Kent Farrington, Brianne Goutal, Lillie Keenan, Nicki Simpson, Jessica Springsteen, Jimmy Torano, Hardin Towell and Denise Wilson.

Teams of grand prix riders will compete over a jumper course in the International Arena judged on style and performance by George H. Morris and Katie Prudent in a first of its kind competition in support of the EQUUS Foundation.

Fete Cheval Etoile

Guests arriving in the International Club at 6 p.m. will enjoy cocktails and dinner as well as a tribute to the 2015 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductees in addition to exclusive ringside viewing of the competition.100% of the proceeds benefit horse welfare.

Tables are still available. RSVP at

For questions about Fete Cheval Etoile table reservations and the Best Performance Team Invitational, contact Shannon Coakley at 203-259-1550;

The Best Performance Team Invitational is a special event of the Best Performance Competition (BPC), the joint program of the United States Equestrian Federation and the EQUUS Foundation that rewards competitive excellence at recognized events and provides on-going support for horse welfare. Learn more about the BPC here.

Blackburn Designs Hall of Fame Exhibit

Blackburn Architects P.C. partnered with the EQUUS Foundation to design a mobile exhibit for the Horse Stars Hall of Fame which will be on display for the first time at this year’s Fete Cheval Etoile. The Horse Stars Hall of Fame was established by the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation to honor the contributions of amazing horses and celebrate their extraordinary talent and magical bond with people.

Blackburn Architects specializes in architectural design that is both aesthetically pleasing and respectful to its environment. Long before it became fashionable, Blackburn Architects used natural, local, and recycled materials in conjunction with the natural climate to create optimal living environments for horses. Healthy Stables by Design authored by John Blackburn, AIA, introduces the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light, and passive solar heating and cooling into compelling horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional and everything in between. 100% of author proceeds go to equine charities.

Join us for an evening of “firsts” at

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. 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:






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