UHC Partners with ACTHA to Help Unwanted Horses

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) and the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) are joining forces in 2013 to help unwanted horses and equine care facilities.

In 2013, ACTHA and the UHC will orchestrate a dedicated effort to host as many competitive trail rides as possible for the benefit of the unwanted horse and our nation's equine care facilities. The ACTHA will donate funds raised from each ride hosted this year to the UHC and the local nonprofit equine rescue or care facility. The UHC and ACTHA will be looking for equine rescues and care facilities to get involved with this effort. Currently there are over 700 equine care facilities listed on the UHC's website.

"ACTHA and the UHC would love to include each one of the rescues listed in this yearlong effort," said Tom Scrima, managing member of ACTHA.

ACTHA rides are casual, judged trail rides that are untimed and 68 miles long. There are open, junior, and pleasure divisions and horses and riders can win ribbons and prizes. The rides are designed so that horse and rider combinations of all skill levels can compete. Non competing horses and riders are also welcome at ACTHA rides.

"We are pleased to partner with ACTHA, an organization that has held hundreds of rides to benefit unwanted horses," said UHC Director Ericka Caslin. "The natural result of ACTHA's large number of rides is that there is an opportunity for more jobs for more horses and many unwanted horses are provided with the chance of a second career. Our organizations' missions are similar and we look forward to working with ACTHA to assist our nation's equine care facilities, while helping horses in need"

Scrima added, "The next 12 months present an amazing opportunity to help hundreds of horse rescues. ACTHA is honored to work with the UHC to help unwanted horses."

Anyone interested in participating in this effort as a volunteer, sponsor, rider, etc., can contact ACTHA or the UHC. For more information see www.actha.us or contact Scrima at 830/693-2065 or tom@actha.us. For more information about the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.

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