The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has revealed the 12 winners in its fourth annual Help a Horse Day celebration contest.

In a video message, celebrity animal advocates Beth Behrs and Huw Collins commended participating equine rescues and sanctuaries for their work caring for at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected, or are in need of a home.

The grand prize winner, TheraPony of Ramona, California, received a $25,000 grant, and 10 runners-up were awarded grants of $10,000 or $5,000 to support their ongoing efforts to protect horses.

Additionally, the ASPCA selected Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc., of Woodbine, Maryland, to receive a $5,000 grant to recognize its innovative use of social media to increase awareness about equine adoption. Winners include:

$25,000 Grand Prize Winner:

  • TheraPony, Ramona, California

$10,000 Prize Winners:

  • Equine Wellbeing Rescue, Inc., Snowflake, Arizona
  • Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Owings, Maryland
  • Rancho Tierra Madre Corp, Cave Creek, Arizona
  • RVR Horse Rescue, Riverview, Florida
  • The Pegasus Project, Murchison, Texas

$5,000 Prize Winners:

  • Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc., Woodbine, Maryland
  • Drifters Hearts of Hope, Franktown, Colorado
  • Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, McCoy, Colorado
  • Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation, Clarence, New York
  • Save A Forgotten Equine, Woodinville, Washington
  • Serenity Farm Equine Sanctuary, Louisa, Virginia

“Each year we are proud to recognize the commitment and creativity of equine rescues across the country through the ASPCA Help a Horse Day national competition,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “ASPCA Help a Horse Day illustrates how much can be accomplished when communities and advocates come together to make the most of their ideas, efforts, and resources. I congratulate this year’s winners and thank everyone involved in the life-saving work of caring for horses who’ve been abused and neglected.”

More than 20,000 community members came out to support the 173 groups holding celebrations across 38 states in April, and the ASPCA selected winners based on the creativity of their events, as well as their success engaging their local communities. This year’s events included open houses, education and volunteer programs, free gelding clinics, scavenger hunts, and Facebook Live segments to promote equine adoption. Participating groups raised a combined total of more than $1 million in cash and other resources to help at-risk horses.

Last year, the ASPCA Equine Fund awarded over $1 million in grants to support 171 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grant money supported several areas of equine welfare including large-scale rehabilitation, emergency relief grants, safety net programs, and the Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses.