Nancy Koch of CANTER Selected as USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award Recipient

December 26, 2009 Off By Roberta Johnston

Nancy Koch

 Nancy Koch, Executive Director of CANTER National, will be honored as the first recipient of The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award presented by The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The inaugural presentation will take place on January 16, 2010, at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner during the Federation’s Annual Meeting.

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. Specifically, the goal of this humanitarian honor is to spotlight and exalt the selfless dedication one individual or a group of individuals has made, whether on a regional or national scale. From improving the health and welfare of the horse to promoting and expanding the general public’s appreciation and respect of the diverse role of horses, the recipient of this award will be someone who has devoted considerable personal time to make the lives and quality of life of our equine partners paramount.

Nancy Koch has devoted countless hours to improving the health and welfare of young Thoroughbred racehorses who no longer able to race competitively. Koch started The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) to find new careers for these horses. The web-based program “caught on” and now, there are all-volunteer CANTER affiliates across the country.

In learning that she was selected for the award, Nancy said, “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all the CANTER volunteers”.

For more information, contact Melissa Davis 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: xxXDyMK8fBofnrqCF4fON8SgqB4zw3iw4BOAdDH8_hRWT5dSvL994vp2_H5petW25k5NnyDZxxKc hHnQY5U0_9a4LBg==>

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