Released May 17, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four more equine organizations have joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), bringing the total number of members to 16. The mission of the UHC is to educate the public on the issue of unwanted horses and to remind people to “Own Responsibly.”
“The UHC is pleased to welcome new group members the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association,” said UHC Chairman Dr. Tom Lenz.
“It is very encouraging to see so many organizations recognizing the plight of unwanted horses as an important issue and stepping up to the plate to help make a difference,” said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council, under whose auspices the UHC operates.
The resources and support that UHC member organizations can offer will be invaluable as the coalition works towards the ultimate goal of reducing the number of unwanted horses and improving the welfare of these horses.
The new organizations join current members of the coalition, which include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, The Jockey Club, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Professional Rodeo Stock Contractors, AHC State Horse Council Committee, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, United States Equestrian Federation and U.S. Trotting Association.
To learn more about the UHC and this issue and your responsibilities, visit the UHC website at http://www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Katy Carter, coordinator, Unwanted Horse Coalition, at (202) 296-4031.
“Own Responsibly” Think about what it means to own a horse. Your responsibility begins before your stewardship and extends past your care.