Friday, December 17, 2010

Guinness record ride raises cash for horse rescues | - International horse news

Guinness record ride raises cash for horse rescues | - International horse news

December 17, 2010

More than 30 horse rescue operations in the US have received a financial grant from The Humane Society of the United States, made possible by a riding fundraiser that broke a Guinness record.

The "Ride for the Rescues" was a Guinness Book of World Record-breaking event comprised of 50 trail-riding competitions held across the country on one day in June 2010. About 1700 horses and riders participated in the American Competitive Trail Horse Association-organised event, raising nearly $70,000 to benefit The HSUS's work with horse rescues and sanctuaries. Proceeds benefited rescue groups in 24 states.

"We thank the American Competitive Trail Horse Association for recognizing our work with the horse rescue community and dedicating their charity event to support the needs of these organizations," said Keith Dane, The HSUS' director of equine protection.

"It is our hope that the funds distributed will bolster equine rescues' tireless efforts to save horses and offer them a second chance at life."

There are nearly 600 equine rescues and sanctuaries operating in the US that rehabilitate neglected and abused horses, secure new adoptive homes or provide them with lifetime care. As with other nonprofit organizations, horse rescues rely heavily on donations to assist these animals.

HSUS grant recipient Jo Deibel, president of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue in Pennsylvania, said, "We are honored to have received this grant, which will allow us to further our mission to help save horses bound for slaughter and assist more horses in need. The winter months are fast approaching and this grant will help more horses at a time of great need."

Each year, ACTHA sponsors hundreds of rides across the country, providing fun, casual venues to showcase horses of all breeds while raising funds for needy horses.

The Humane Society of the United States operates two sanctuaries hosting about 800 formerly abused or neglected equines, making it the largest direct-care provider for horses in the United States. In addition, The HSUS co-founded the Homes for Horses Coalition, a national organization of horse rescues working to end horse slaughter while promoting growth and professionalism in the equine rescue community.

The HSUS also will be opening a horse rescue, rehabilitation and adoption center on the grounds of its Murchison, Texas sanctuary, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, next year.

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