- Because You Care Award Finalists Announced
Public to Decide the Winners
Ariz. - (June 13, 2003) Nearly 31,000 online votes were received
from the public in the semifinals of the IVERCARE - Because
You Care award program sponsored by Farnam Horse Products.
Earlier this year, more than 100 organizations and individuals were
nominated for the award program, which was initiated by Farnam to
recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals that strive to
improve the health and welfare of horses and/or the lives of humans
that love them.
All nominees were posted on www.IverCare.com with a short description
of their efforts for the public to vote. The top five finalists
in each category will be posted on the Web site during September
2003 for the public to vote again, but this time it will be for
the winners. Farnam will award a total of $17,500 to four nonprofit
organizations and one individual in the equine industry. Two small
organizations (annual operating budget of less than $250,000) each
will be awarded $2,500; two large organizations (annual operating
budget of more than $250,000) each will receive $5,000; and one
individual will receive $2,500.
Following are the names of the 15 finalists; however a description
of each is attached to this release. The finalists for the small
organization category are Ozland Horse Rescue; Nokota Horse Conservancy,
Inc.; Lone Star Equine Rescue; Lazy Maple Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation
Center, NFP; and Bran Manor Equine Rescue and Placement.
Finalists in the large organization category are Rocky River Riding,
Inc.; Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation; Hooved Animal Humane Society;
Institute of Range and American Mustang Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary;
and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
at Nevins Farm/Equine Center.
The individual finalists are Lucinda J. Christian, Linda Lutes,
Rebecca Miolen, Maggie Parker and Paul Searle.
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- BECAUSE YOU CARE AWARD FINALISTS
organization category finalists:
The mission of the Ozland Horse Rescue is to provide a home and
loving care for abused and neglected horses. OHR provides education
and training in proper horse care to the local 4-H Club and anyone
else interested. It provides help to horse owners who have problems
they don't know how to deal with. It does all it can to put a stop
to the starvation and physical abuse of horses, by whatever means
necessary, such as filing charges to prosecute, which included two
starvation cases this year. OHR takes in any unwanted horses that
have a chance at life and provides the care necessary to give them
a decent quality of life for as long as possible. OHR adopts out
horses to homes educated in the necessary care for the particular
horse, and networks to lend a hand when possible with other rescues
around the country.
The main goal of the The Nokota Horse Conservancy, Inc., is to save
and preserve the rare and endangered Nokota horse that was native
to the Northern Plains. Believed to be descended from Sitting Bull's
war horses, they were used by early ranch settlers of North Dakota
in the late 1800s and then ran wild throughout the 20th Century.
The NHC established a sanctuary where these horses can live free
from the persecution that has been their legacy for more than a
century. The NHC is working with the Sioux Indians of the Standing
Rock Reservation in hopes to one day reunite Sitting Bull's Indian
ponies with the Sioux people. Toward this goal, the NHC is developing
Native American youth outreach programs through a partnership with
the United Tribes Technical College of North Dakota. The challenge
for the past two years has been the severe drought in the West.
Feed costs have skyrocketed and the quality of available feed abysmal.
The Nokotas are suffering the slow affect of starvation from these
conditions, while the NHC is struggling again to save these horses
Lone Star Equine Rescue, Inc., is dedicated to improving and preserving
equine lives in the Southwest via education, fostering and rehabilitation,
adoption and assistance law enforcement. LSER uses a preventative
strategy by educating horse owners, and also rehabilitates and places
horses in need. LSER educates the horse owning public as to the
proper care of their horses, thus reducing neglect and abuse cases.
It also assists law enforcement in neglect cases by helping with
seizures, accepting horses into its program, providing guidance
if needed. It also provides for owners in times of need by accepting
their horses into the fostering and adoption program, thus giving
an alternative to auctioning and possible slaughter for many equines
whose owners can no longer keep them for various reasons.
Maple Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to
providing a safe refuge and care for older or special needs horses,
while placing some in therapeutic riding programs. The Center gives
these horses a second chance at life through rehabilitation and
lots of "TLC." The Center participates in many fund raising
events related to children and the welfare of animals. It accepts
horses and ponies that would have nowhere else to go. Each horse's
dietary needs are evaluated and an exercise routine is implemented
to rebuild muscle tone and put the necessary weight back on before
allowing them to be adopted. Thirty horses have been accepted into
the program, with 30 placed in new loving homes where their care
will be continued under the Center's supervision. Three horses have
been placed with therapeutic riding centers working with children
who might be enjoying their only form of mobility outside of a wheelchair.
The main objective of Bran Manor Equine Rescue & Placement is
to provide food, shelter, medical care, re-training, and above all,
love to equines rescued from auction where they may be in jeopardy
of being sold for slaughter, or placed by owners no longer able
to care for them. Bran Manor provides ongoing education of horse
owners to assure that they are aware of the responsibilities and
expenses involved in horse-keeping, and have the knowledge, resources
and ability to care for them. It also educates the public about
anti-slaughter initiatives and encourages folks to learn about this
issue and lends its support to passing laws that would serve to
end the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Even with a slump
in the economy and subsequent reduction in charitable donations,
Bran Manor was still able to take in and successfully place a total
of 62 equines over the course of the year.
Large organization category finalists:
The objective of Rocky River Riding, Inc., is to give people an
idea of not only how to ride, but to understand how horses can be
rewarding. RRR teaches students a basic seat, how to become acquainted
with horses, safety and encourages individual achievement. Rocky
River Riding is a wonderful place where horse's stalls are kept
clean and you can ask anyone a question. The instructors provide
helpful tips and lessons that ensure almost any rider will be successful.
RRR stresses English riding, teaching riders basic skills. It provides
beginner through advanced lessons. RRR also has a therapeutic program
that gives physically/mentally challenged riders confidence and
ability. RRR's best achievement has been simply to have its riders
achieve their personal goals.
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation provides and encourages humane
alternatives for Thoroughbred horses at the end of their racing
careers. Objectives include: (1) To provide retirement homes and
rehabilitation services for ex-racing Thoroughbreds; (2) to increase
awareness and education within the racing industry about TRF services
and other humane options for retired racehorses; and (3) to create
new beginnings for TRF Thoroughbreds and the people who work with
them. In 2002, the TRF adopted out 129 Thoroughbreds, all while
increasing the total number of horses in its care from 452 to 630.
Additionally, the TRF established a formal partnership with Churchill
Downs, Inc. As a result, CDI racetracks nationwide are infused with
information about equine adoption and retirement.
The Hooved Animal Humane Society promotes the humane treatment of
hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and
intervention. The Society produces "Hoofprints" magazine
and has a Web site, e-newsletter, internship program, hands-on clinics,
youth seminars, and an exhibit booth for shows and expos. HAHS testified
on a state humane transport bill, was involved in amending the Humane
Care for Animals Act and continues to monitor equine slaughter bills.
Its 20 state-approved humane investigators handled nearly 300 cases
in 2002; inspected Chicago carriage horses; and assisted local law
enforcement, county animal control and state Department of Agriculture.
HAHS also rescued or impounded neglected, abandoned and loose animals
for rehabilitation and adoption.
The purpose of the Institute of Range and American Mustang Black
Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is to provide not only a home and freedom
for more than 400 unwanted and unadoptable wild horses, but also
a research area dedicated to solving the problems of wild horse
herd management that will contribute to the well-being of wild horses
everywhere. The Sanctuary is devoted to the spirit of the wild mustang
by giving America's unwanted horses a quality life. The Sanctuary
also provides a showcase where the public can see large herds of
wild horses running free and come to understand its efforts toward
land conservation and the preservation of our Western heritage -America's
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm/Equine
Center is dedicated to the welfare and humane treatment of horses
through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, foster care, emergency
transportation and education programs. As one of the nation's only
"open door" equine shelters, it cares for the welfare
of all horses in need. Its equine rescue, surrender, rehabilitation,
adoption and foster care services are unique in the Northeast. The
MSPCA at Nevins Farm is dedicated to the welfare of all horses in
need of assistance from its 24-hour equine ambulance service to
its rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and education programs. It
is focused on improving the lives of horses and strengthening the
bond with the people who love them.
Lucinda J. Christian is a veteran conservationist who for the past
15 years has worked to bring public attention to the need for conserving
equine genetics in order to preserve diversity in the equine species.
She is well respected in conservation and academic circles for dedicating
her personal resources to conserving the endangered Orlov-Rostopchin
horse, as well as for her diplomatic efforts in bringing the Orlov-Rostopchin
into the United States for the first time in history. In the past,
Christian has served on the International Equine Humane Association
board of directors. She has rescued and rehabilitated more than
25 horses, and currently is the subject of a documentary film about
international equine conservation efforts.
Linda Lutes has worked with 4-H kids for 18 years and is a certified
therapeutic riding instructor. Working with 4-H, she teaches kids
how to ride and train their own horses. She stresses safety, good
sportsmanship, respect for the horse, and having fun while doing
it. Lutes also spends one to two days per week donating time working
with disabled children as a certified therapeutic riding instructor.
She wants kids to have fun, improve their ability to ride, and stay
as safe as possible while doing it. Additionally, Lutes has planned
and run several fundraising horse shows for 4-H and the therapeutic
riding center where she volunteers. She is on the board at the riding
center and helps teach and train volunteers.
16 years old, Rebecca Miolen works with abused and neglected horses
to bring them back to health and learn to trust humans again. She
aims to become the best natural horsewoman through training, and
to bring her mount to its fullest potential - AND hopes to help
other youth do the same. Miolen organized and conducted a yard sale
and pony rides to earn $560 for the Georgia Equine Rescue League
(GERL) and Foal Rescue. She also won the county versatility contest
and represented Georgia's 4-H at the State Horse Fair, placing fifth.
She is the vice president of County 4-H Horse and Pony Club where
she rides with the Drill Team and competes in Quiz Bowl and Horse
Judging. Miolen cares for four neglected horses daily, was responsible
for reporting three neglect cases, helped conduct a show for mentally
and physically challenged riders, teaches Pony Tails Club, set up
"Horse Safety" booths at two community events, and helps
beginning riders with horse health and training problems.
Maggie Parker is a private horse owner who works full time outside
of the equine industry and selflessly gives of her time and energy
for the well being of the horses at Oceana Naval Air Station Stables
in Virginia Beach, Va. Parker is one of the most dedicated individuals
in her passion for horses. She pasture boards at a large military
facility. As the land for the pasture boarders is far away from
the main barn, everyone looks out for each other's horses, however
no one is more involved than Parker. She owns two horses, but takes
care of up to seven others for absentee owners each day by bathing,
feeding, grooming, deworming, blanketing and making sure that each
gets special attention. Rain or shine, night or day, she is there,
spending her precious time and money to ensure that as many horses
are cared for as possible.
Paul Searle is a novice who believes that all horses (and animals!)
be they sick, dying or unwanted deserve care and love regardless
of forces against them. Searle rescues unwanted, proverbial bottom
of the barrel horses from a sure trip to the slaughterhouse because
they were not "perfect" enough to be "worth"
anything in the eye of breeders. He proves that all horses deserve
love despite outward appearances. He travels to auctions around
Kentucky stretching his budget to nurse sick, dying, underweight
and unwanted horses, saving them from certain death. In one example,
Searle rescued a saddlebred stallion considered by some to be next
to dead, and a saddlebred mare who was perfect except for a being
a little underweight and missing one eye. "Why did you buy
a dead horse?" people said. Underweight and with severe sinusitis,
he took two, 2-year old saddlebreds home and spent 24-hour-days
giving the stallion medicine on his deathbed. Searle stretched his
meager budget through the shadow of their death.