2021 Good People for Good Horses Award Winners Announced

The ASPCA has recognized eight outstanding members of the equine community in its third annual Good People for Good Horses Awards.

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The ASPCA’s Right Horse announced the recipients of the 2021 Good People for Good Horses Awards, which celebrates the strong network of support needed to help each horse find a wonderful home. The third annual Good People for Good Horses Awards recognizes eight hardworking members of the equine community who dedicate their time and talents to helping horses in transition.

“The Good People for Good Horses Awards is a welcome opportunity to acknowledge those working tirelessly to care for at-risk horses and help them find loving homes,” said Emily Weiss, PhD, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “We thank this year’s winners for their unwavering dedication to horses in transition and the incredible impact they’re making on the success of equine adoption efforts in their communities and across the county.”

The winners are:

  • Community Partner: Patrick King, West Virginia
  • Farrier: Matt Byars, Texas
  • Trainer: Bridget Hollern Heasley, Ohio
  • Veterinary Professional (Western Region): Kimberly Burton, LVT, Nevada
  • Veterinary Professional (Eastern Region): Dr. Frank Nickels, Michigan
  • Veterinary Professional (Central Region): Dr. Susan Heath, Texas
  • Volunteer: Zoe Page, Oklahoma
  • “Wild Card”: Roger Lauze, Massachusetts

To read more about the winners and their contributions to equine adoption, visit therighthorse.org/gpfgh. To learn more about opportunities to get involved with the ASPCA’s Right Horse, please visit therighthorse.org. To foster or adopt an equine, please visit MyRightHorse.org and access tools here to advocate for horses in need of homes.

About the ASPCA’s Right Horse:

The Right Horse, a program of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 100 industry and adoption partners, the ASPCA’s Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States.


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