California Riding Magazine • June, 2010

Art For Aid
Zen Horse silk scarf benefits
the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to equestrians and horsemen in need, is now offering a limited edition silk scarf designed by acclaimed artist Linda Luster. Ideal for framing too, the rich colors of the large scarf will complement the decor of any home. It’s available online at the EAF website and all proceeds from the sale of the Zen scarf will benefit EAF recipients.

Luster’s original painting, Zen Horse 1, is highly recognized and is the first in a series of four Japanese-style paintings. In 2007, it was juried into the American Academy of Equine Art held at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. It was featured on the Oct. 12, 2007 cover of the Chronicle of the Horse and then juried into the International Equine Art Competition sponsored by Art Horse Magazine 2007-2008. The original artwork also adorned the cover for the Show Catalogue Ex Arte Equinus.

Luster, who lived in Japan for five years as a child, says, “I have been painting horses since the 1980s and had been experimenting with doing paintings in a minimalist style, such as removing everything from the canvas but the subject at hand and focusing on one thought only. This approach invokes a feeling of serenity and introspection, which is actually the Zen philosophy.”

The original oil and gold leaf on canvas painting was adapted to add a border around the artwork with the EAF name and logo to create the first Equestrian Aid Foundation collectible scarf.

“My awareness of EAF has been quite long standing, so I was happy to help when my dear friend Karen Long Dwight asked me to collaborate with her on the scarf project,” Luster adds. “I am very glad to make this small contribution in helping the equestrian community.”

“It’s exciting to have such a stunning work of art that so beautifully represents the passion for horses that brings us together at the EAF,” comments R. Scot Evans, president of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. “We are so grateful to our supporters Karen Long Dwight and Linda Luster for recognizing the necessity to help those in the horse world during their time of need.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance for those in the horse community suffering from catastrophic illness or injury throughout their time of need. EAF grant recipients receive funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as food and housing.

In 1996 the Equestrian AIDS Foundation was established to assist those with HIV/Aids. Recognizing a broader need, the organization changed its name to the Equestrian Aid Foundation in 2006. Its mission is to build a membership-based organization to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing financial assistance for their medical or other basic needs. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grant recipients funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as housing and food throughout their time of need.

Its pledge is to treat EAF recipients with dignity and respect while promising its members and sponsors the highest level of fiduciary responsibility with their dues and donations.

Click here to purchase a Zen Horse scarf.

To learn more about the EAF visit www.equestrianaidfoundation.org.