ASPCA Partners with Hampton Classic Horse Show

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is partnering with the Hampton Classic Horse Show, held in Bridgehampton, N.Y., from Sunday, August 25 to Sunday, September 1, 2013.

On Aug. 26, the ASPCA will host the Fourth Annual ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day at the Classic, focusing on helping rescued horses, dogs, cats, and pigs find permanent homes. Seven local animal shelters and rescue groups will have animals on site throughout the day, including two mustangs that serve as ambassadors for wild horses. Celebrity hosts include animal advocate and bestselling author Jill Rappaport, as well as ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors and top international riders Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal.

“We are excited to showcase the ASPCA’s history of horse protection and spread the word about how to help at-risk animals at the Hampton Classic,” said Valerie Angeli, senior director of equine and special projects for the ASPCA. “Our ASPCA Maclay Medal celebrates the tradition of excellence in humane and responsible horsemanship and our work at the Hampton Classic provides a wonderful opportunity to educate the community as well as find permanent homes for animals in need."

Other highlights during the week-long event include the ASPCA “Voices for Horses” Equine Welfare Reception and expert panel discussion, which takes place on Aug. 29. Bloomberg, Rappaport, actress Aida Turturro, and Prince Lorenzo Borghese will join ASPCA experts and others to discuss many critical issues impacting horses today, including horse slaughter, homelessness, and neglect.

Additionally, Bloomberg and Goutal will be at the “ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station,” located near the VIP parking and across from the public grandstand of the Grand Prix Ring, throughout the week.

“I am proud to serve as an ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, and I am thrilled to take part in the ASPCA’s activities at the Hampton Classic again this year,” said Bloomberg. “The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the country to promote equine welfare and protection, a mission it continues to this day through advocacy, grant funding to horse rescue groups, and field investigations.”

Also, from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 the ASPCA, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, and Neptune Feed will also be collecting donations for the ASPCA “Hay It Forward” project, which is designed to raise awareness of equine welfare issues while providing much needed feed and supplies to local equine rescue organizations. This is a supplemental program to the ASPCA’s existing Hay Bale Out grants program, which helps feed hungry horses across the United States. To make a donation to the Hay It Forward project, please visit the ASPCA Patio or Hampton Classic Feed Store office during the show, or contact Neptune Feed at 631/369-0965.

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