Aiken’s R. Bruce Duchossois has distinguished himself as a horseman, showing with distinction as one of the nation’s leading adult amateur riders in the hunter division, and his tireless work ethic continues to make an impact on the equine industry through his involvement on numerous boards.

However, it’s Duchossois’ commitment to helping others, especially those who may have been affected by an untoward situation, are faced with adversity or have fallen on difficult times.

Duchossois will be recognized tonight for his altruism and willingness to assist others as he will receive the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Luminary Award. Duchossois will be bestowed with the accolade at the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s fundraiser “Who Reins Supreme?” at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized by those who are from the horse community,” said Duchossois, in a phone interview Thursday evening. “I’ve been involved with horses for over 50 years, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had, and the people that I’ve met, for anything in the world.”

The equine industry is composed of people who’ve dedicated their lives to the care of horses, many who often go without recognition, and it’s their contributions, intrepid spirit and indefatigable work ethic and commitment that make things possible, said Duchossois.

“There are so many people working behind the scenes, vet techs, braiders, exercise riders who come on hard times,” said Duchossois. “It’s nice to be able to to give back and to show your appreciation. It’s the way I was brought up. It’s a natural thing.”