Adoptable horses awaiting new careers got their chance in the spotlight this summer at the 2017 Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Opening Ceremony at the Hampton Classic on Aug. 27, featured a parade of the adoptable horses.

The horses were then showcased at a Meet & Mingle with Adoptable Horses presented by the EQUUS Foundation on Aug. 28, as part of the seventh Annual Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Day sponsored by EQUUStar, Georgina Bloomberg that featured dogs, cats and horses in search of forever homes.

"All horses are champions to us," said Valerie Angeli, EQUUS Foundation VP Communications. "We are honored to help them find their way home to a new purpose and a new beginning."

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A kiss sealed the deal for Mikey, adopted on the spot by EQUUS Foundation EQUUStar and world class equestrian, Brianne Goutal Marteau, for her daughter. Now healthy, Mikey was rescued at auction by 13 Hands Equine Rescue in an emaciated and neglected condition. 13 Hands Equine Rescue was one of the five featured equine charities that were invited to join the EQUUS Foundation with adoptable horses at the Hampton Classic event.

"Mickey Blue Eyes will now serve as an Ambassador for so many other beautiful horses like him who just need a chance," said Brianne.

Award-winning author, renowned Animal Welfare Advocate and Host of Animal Planet's upcoming Dog Bowl Specials, Jill Rappaport; EQUUS Foundation Founder and President, Lynn Coakley; EQUUS Foundation VP of Communications, Valerie Angeli; Goutal-Marteau with Mikey along with the horses of five equine charities drew the applause of crowds on the walk around the Hampton Classic Grand Prix Field to kick off the opening ceremonies.

The other equine charities chosen by the EQUUS Foundation to participate were New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, Our Farm Equine Rescue, Rerun, and Rising Starr Equine Rescue.

"We are so grateful to the Hampton Classic and Georgina Bloomberg and Gotham North Enterprizes for this incredible opportunity to showcase our work and to promote horse protection and the timeless bond horses have with people at the most beautiful horse show in the world," said Angeli.

"We were thrilled that all the horses enjoyed the spotlight and attention, and adoption applications are pending for several," said Angeli, "but the purpose of the event was also to educate and inspire horse adoption in general and to encourage people to think no further than their local horse rescue and adoption organization to find their next equine partner."