Equine Rescue Groups to Compete to Help At-Risk Horses

More than 100 participants will take part in the ASPCA’s 2015 Help a Horse Day grants contest.

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced that more than 100 participants will take part in its 2015 ASPCA Help a Horse Day grants contest. Help a Horse Day will take place on April 26.

The nationwide competition of equine rescues and sanctuaries is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to care for local at-risk horses that have been abused, neglected, or find themselves homeless. Participating rescue groups will be competing for the chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist their efforts to protect horses. The groups will be judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their ability to engage their local communities. This year the contest has expanded to recognize seven winners.

“The equine rescues and sanctuaries that step in to care for abused or neglected horses give them a much-deserved new lease on life, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to expand the contest this year to recognize even more groups for their hard work,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of last year’s participants, and look forward to seeing what new ideas our repeat participants incorporate into their ASPCA Help a Horse Day events. We are also excited to welcome many new groups who will be participating for the first time.”

This year, 110 groups will be hosting events across 33 states April 24-26. Activities include open houses, education programs, spring festivals, hoe-downs, barn raisings, 5K walks, and more

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