Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Articles by Pat Raia

2015 Walking Horse Celebration Begins Amid Accusations

The HSUS alleged that trainers and grooms at ThorSport Farm sored horses, but the farm owner disputed the claims. Read More

California Man who Evaded Police Charged with Animal Cruelty

The man was charged with stealing the horse then overworking him during an extensive chase. Read More

NYPD Sued Over Alleged Horse Bite

A woman is suing the New York Police Department (NYPD) after a police horse allegedly bit her finger. Read More

Oklahoma Racetrack Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy

Remington Park has adopted a policy that denies stall space to those who sell retired racehorses for slaughter. Read More

Trainer Accused of Abusing Racehorses Pleads Not Guilty

Robert Dimmitt, the trainer accused of mutilating three racing Quarter Horses, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read More

Convicted SAU Horse Thief Approved for Parole

Jaci Jackson was approved on Aug. 13 and will remain incarcerated until prerelease requirements are met. Read More

Pennsylvania Racehorse Trainer Indicted

The Thoroughbred trainer was indicted on charges connected to illegally administering substances to racehorses. Read More

Man Charged for Allegedly Dragging Horse Behind ATV

The Oklahoma man allegedly dragged his horse because he was frustrated with the mare's disobedient behavior. Read More

Oklahoma Racehorse Trainer Accused of Animal Cruelty

The Quarter Horse trainer is facing charges after two horses allegedly died and another was injured while in his care. Read More

Welfare Group Gets Permanent Custody of Conroe Horses

A judge granted the Houston SPCA permanent custody of more than 200 horses seized from their owners. Read More

PAST Act Reintroduced into U.S. House

The bill would amend the Horse Protection Act to ban performance packages and stiffen soring penalties. Read More

Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Indicted for Alleged Assault

Jamie B. Lawrence is accused of using his truck to assault a woman demonstrating at a Tennessee Walking Horse show. Read More

Bills Would Put States in Charge of Wild Horses, Burros

The legislation would place the herds under the jurisdiction of the states and Native American tribes that request it. Read More

California's Wragg Wildfire Forces Horse Evacuations

More than 20 horses were evacuated and more are expected to follow in the wake of the fire in Napa and Solano counties. Read More

Another Horse Found Butchered in South Florida

A 3-year-old filly was found butchered in a Hiaheah pasture on July 22. Read More

Houston Police Probe Horse Thefts

Police are investigating the alleged theft of a pair of horses that have since been recovered. Read More

Texas Horse Owners Face More Charges

The owners of 200 horses seized last month face a felony charge for evidence tampering and more than 10 cruelty charges. Read More

Horse Tethered to Fence in Colorado Dies

Authorities are seeking whoever hobbled a mare and left her tied to a fence during a recent spell of hot weather. Read More

Owner of Mare Abandoned in North Texas Sought

The 12-year-old weak and emaciated mare found on a rural road about three weeks ago is recovering. Read More

Proposed Law Would Establish Uniform Medication Rules

The legislation would establish an independent authority to implement a national uniform racehorse medication program. Read More

Calgary Stampede to Review Equine Safety Policies

This year four horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained during chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. Read More

Texas Veterinarian Accused of Animal Cruelty

Dr. Kathie Digilio could face charges in connection with the removal of 30 horses from her Waller County farm. Read More

Advocates Want Chuckwagon Races Dropped From Stampede Roster

Four horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained during chuckwagon races at this year's Calgary Stampede. Read More

House Committee Rejects Anti-Horse Slaughter Amendment

The agriculture funding bill amendment would have prevented funding for U.S. horsemeat processing plant inspections. Read More

Calgary Stampede Suspends Roper for Mistreating Horse

Calgary Stampede officials have suspended competitor Tuf Cooper for maltreating his horse during a roping event. Read More