The Foundation for the Horse Announces $11.4 Million in Support

The Foundation for the Horse, which in 2020 initiated its first-ever campaign, “Taking the Lead—The Campaign for the Horse,” has announced $11.4 million in campaign gifts and commitments, surpassing its $10 million goal.

The announcement was made during the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention, in San Antonio, Texas. The three-year campaign concludes on Dec. 31.

Appealing to everyone who cares about the health and well-being of the world’s horses, the campaign’s priorities are equine medical research, scholarships for veterinary students, and programs for horses at risk of abandonment, neglect, infectious disease, or in need of urgent medical care.

Chaired by Monty McInturff, DVM, founding partner and president of Tennessee Equine Hospital, in Thompson’s Station, the campaign launched quietly in January 2020 and announced its $10 million aspirations in December 2021 with $6.8 million committed at that time.

The success of the campaign will grow the foundation’s ability to provide scholarships and grants exponentially, touching more equids and people who care for them in meaningful ways.

“This is our way of giving back to the horse,” said McInturff. “It’s horse doctors, horse owners, and industry organizations going above and beyond for the welfare of horses. Donors and those who love the horse have made this possible. Equine veterinarians have been making this possible through the foundation for going on 29 years.”

Foundation Chair Rick Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVSMR, Certified ISELP, co-founder and partner-owner of Fairfield Equine Associates, in Newtown, Conn., said, “This is what we’re all about—providing resources so that students become first-rate equine veterinarians, researchers improve the practice of equine medicine, and programs help horses in times of urgent need. It is our duty to serve the medical needs of the horse, and no other organization does what we do.”

Learn more about the foundation here.