George Strawbridge, Jr., owner of Augustin Stable, will receive the Safe Home Equine Protection Award from Equine Advocates at the organization’s 11th Annual Awards Dinner & Charity Auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Aug. 2. Strawbridge will be honored for his humanitarian work, lobbying efforts, and strong public stance against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing and his opposition to the slaughter of America's horses for human consumption.
“I am flattered to be chosen for this wonderful award from Equine Advocates,” Strawbridge said. “Horses are my life-long passion. These noble creatures have given me so much pleasure and inspiration. I consider it an honor and a privilege to give back to them and attempt to provide them with homes and future lives after their racing careers.”
Lael Stable owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who bred and raced 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will receive the Ellen & Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for Philanthropy. The Jacksons’ generosity in support of equine protection causes, veterinary institutions, and their outspoken views against horse slaughter and all forms of equine abuse have made them two of the most respected and popular people in the horse world, as well as with the general public.
Also being honored that night will be jockey Edgar Prado who will receive the Bo Derek Award of Merit for his heroic acts of bravery in protecting horses as well as his fellow riders.
The event will be chaired by Arlington Park’s Richard L. Duchossois, who received the Moelis Philanthropy Award from Equine Advocates in 2011, and Victoria McCullough, horsewoman and owner of Chesapeake Petroleum who spearheaded the passage of Florida’s historic Horse Protection Bill of 2010.
The gala will take place in the new state-of-the-art wing of the Saratoga Springs City Center. The evening will include cocktails, a silent auction, sit-down gourmet dinner, the awards presentation, and an exciting live auction, headlined by an original portrait of Zenyatta and her first foal by California equine artist, Katie Upton.
General tickets are $250 per person. Tickets at front tier tables are $500 per person. More information can be obtained by calling (518) 245-1599.