NEW YORK (Aug. 21, 2018) – Real Estate developers and philanthropists Don and Katrina Peebles, and their daughter Chloe, a competitive junior equestrian on the First Blue Show Circuit, are saddling up with Rolls-Royce, Goldman Sachs, Georgina Bloomberg and Give Back for Special Equestrians on August 30 for a Bridgehampton benefit in support of children and veterans with disabilities.
The summer soiree held at the stunning Peebles’ estate and set against an opulent backdrop of serenading Julliard School violinists and 2018 model Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, celebrates the powerful connection between horse and rider and the unique ability horses have in healing minds, bodies and spirits. Sponsored by title sponsor, The Peebles Corporation, as well as supporting sponsors Rolls-Royce, Goldman Sachs, Fisher Island Club, VistaJet, Hamptons Magazine, KAR Properties, 2000 Ocean, One River Point, First Blue Stables, Alexis, Blade and Black Stallion Winery, the party will be attended by a lively mix of celebrities, elite equestrians, and local Hampton residents. Catering by Shiraz, one of New York’s premier event companies promises an elegant evening as the bubbly Hamptons summer season and its Classic Horse Show reach its crescendo.
A nonprofit 501(c)(3), Give Back for Special Equestrians was founded in 2013 by Sissy De Maria-Koehne, Dr. Heather Kuhl and Isabel Ernst. The mission is to provide equine-assisted and therapeutic horseback riding scholarships in Florida and New York for those facing some of life’s most difficult challenges like Autism, Paralysis, Spina Bifida and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The transformative benefits of equine therapy help people with disabilities by improving balance, posture, hand-eye coordination as well as self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control.
As part of the festivities, Give Back for Special Equestrians will present a donation to its stable partner in New York City, GallopNYC, a charity offering therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities. GallopNYC currently serves 500 riders a week and operates riding programs at five main locations.
“The Peebles Corporation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for those who live and work in the communities we serve, and as a family, count many blessings,” said Katrina Peebles. “We are delighted to pay forward our mutual love of horses and their amazing ability to heal by supporting the good work of Give Back for Special Equestrians and are proud to align our philanthropic efforts with such a noble cause.”
“The life-changing benefits of equine therapy are countless and date back to the time of the ancient Greeks. Thanks to the benevolence of our title sponsor, Don, Katrina and Chloe Peebles of The Peebles Corporation, Rolls-Royce and all of our generous supporting sponsors, we are able to pay forward our mutual joy for horses and horsemanship to offer more children and veterans living with mental, cognitive or emotional disabilities direct access to ‘horsepower’ that heals,” said Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, Founder of Give Back for Special Equestrians.
About Give Back for Special Equestrians
Give Back for Special Equestrians, formerly Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, is a Florida-based nonprofit 501©3. The all-volunteer organization founded by Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, Dr. Heather Kuhl and Isabel Ernst in Vero Beach, Florida in 2013, provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted scholarships for disabled children and veterans through its partner stables in New York and Florida. Give Back for Special Equestrians aims to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with those facing some of life’s most difficult physical, emotional and mental challenges and enable them to experience the life changing benefits of horsepower that heals. Through its Young Ambassador program, youth between ages 7-17 are encouraged to pay forward their blessings through active volunteerism. Young Ambassadors meet monthly during the school year and assist with a variety of fund and “friend” raising activities. For more information please visit www.giveabuckeq.org