UHC National Speaker Program Educates Nationwide

The Unwanted Horse Coalition's (UHC) National Speaker Program has been in operation since early 2009 with approximately 120 speakers in the database. This program provides equine events around the country with UHC volunteers to speak about the issue of unwanted horses and what it means to "Own Responsibly." The UHC's National Speaker Program has provided a speaker for 15 events in 2011 to date.

Cathy Ruprecht, from Marquette, Mich., represented the UHC at the Marquette County 4-H Horse College earlier this year. Ruprecht observed that this event was the ideal chance for the UHC to get involved and inform the public about the issues of unwanted horses and responsible ownership.

"It was a good opportunity to inform parents who may have been considering an involvement with horses for their young children to consider all aspects of horse ownership," said Ruprecht. "I believe parents are focused on getting the horse but do not think through the whole aspect of ownership."

Along with the Marquette County 4-H Horse College, the UHC has provided speakers for the World Trotting Conference, Virginia Farm Bureau, Iowa Horse Fair, El Paso County Fair, Maine Standardbred Breeders, Loudoun County Horseman's Meeting, and Equifest. The Unwanted Horse Coalition will also have a speaker attending the 2012 World Horse Expo.

The UHC provides literature to hand out at the event, as well as a power point presentation about the coalition and the unwanted horse issue. Speakers are matched to events based on their location.

"The UHC's National Speaker Program has been a success on many levels," said Ericka Caslin, director of the UHC. "This program is a wonderful opportunity to inform the industry about the issue of unwanted horses, responsible ownership, responsible breeding, and possible solutions for unwanted horses and horse owners in need. We have an extensive database of speakers located around the country, which allows us to educate nationwide.

"If you have an equine related event coming up, please contact the UHC to request a speaker," she added. "It has become increasingly important to educate the equine industry about the issues at hand and ways to get involved."

If you are interested in requesting a speaker for your upcoming event or are willing to represent the UHC as a speaker please contact the Unwanted Horse Coalition at 202/296-4031 or ecaslin@unwantedhorsecoalition.org. The UHC will do its best to accommodate all events.

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