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

Racing Commissioner Resigns Over Anti-Slaughter Proposal

Illinois Racing Commissioner Kathy Byrne withdrew the proposal and resigned after the board did not vote on the issue. Read More

Missing Sarasota, Florida, Horses Found Safe

The horses' owner is still hoping the offer of a cash reward will lead to more information about the incident. Read More

Rita Crundwell's Belt Buckles Go to Auction

Crundwell was convicted of misappropriating more than $53 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, in 2012. Read More

Prosecutor: Evidence Lacking in Loxahatchee Slaughter Case

A prosecutor said evidence is lacking in alleged illegal horse slaughter cases connected to raids at three farms. Read More

Pictured Pair Uninvolved in Florida Slaughter Case

Two men thought to have information about the slaughter of a high-ticket show jumper were not involved in the incident. Read More

Pair Sought for Questioning in Show Horse Slaughter Case

Authorities believe two men could have information about the slaughter of a show jumping horse in Palmetto. Read More

Rita Crundwell's Trophies Go To Auction

More than 700 horse show trophies won by the convicted embezzler will be sold in an online auction this month. Read More

New Arrest Made in Florida Slaughter Farm Case

An eighth man has been arrested in connection with raids on three illegal slaughter farms in Florida. Read More

Reward Offered in Show Jumper Slaughter Case

The reward stands at more than $50,000 for information about the slaughter of a Selle Francais gelding. Read More

Court Sides With AQHA in Cloning Case

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the AQHA in a long-running case involving the registration of clones. Read More

Virginia Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

Anne Goland (aka Anne Schumate Williams) is facing more than 20 animal cruelty charges. Read More

Buyer Sold BLM Mustangs to Slaughter, Federal Report Says

Livestock hauler Tom Davis admitted that most of the horses he purchased through the BLM went to slaughter in Mexico. Read More

Show Jumper Found Butchered in Florida

A recently purchased Selle Francais gelding named Phedras De Blondrel was found dead and dismembered on Oct. 24. Read More

Horses Surrendered, Seized From Virginia Farm

Dozens of allegedly emaciated horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from an Orange County farm. Read More

New Arrest in Florida Slaughter Farms Case

Rodobaldo Diaz of Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested on Oct. 20 and charged with four counts of animal cruelty. Read More

British Horse Dies at Age 50

Orchid, a 50-year-old Thoroughbred/Arabian mare, died at the Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex earlier this month. Read More

Rewards Offered in Illegal Slaughter, Horsemeat Cases

Last week investigators raided three illegal slaughter farms in Loxahatchee and West Palm Beach, Florida. Read More

Remains of Chincoteague Pony Found

The the 4-month-old filly went missing in September. The remains showed no signs of foul play, authorities said. Read More

Reward Offered in Salt River Horse Killing

The 12-year-old mare named Dotty sustained a single gunshot wound. Her remains were found on Oct. 1. Read More

Florida Raids Yield Arrests at Illegal Slaughter Farms

Six people were arrested following raids at the three illegal slaughter farms, some of which processed horses. Read More

Wyoming Police Probe Horse Shooting

The horse, which was found dead in a Campbell County pasture on Oct. 8, sustained a single gunshot wound. Read More

Salt River Horse Death Under Investigation

A wild horse found at the Salt River Recreation Area in Arizona is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation. Read More

Feds Set Online Auction of Crundwell Assets

Assets once belonging to convicted embezzler Rita Crundwell go to auction on Oct. 20. Read More

Bill Would Protect Pennsylvania Veterinarians

Proposed legislation would shield the veterinarians from liability if they report suspected cases of animal abuse. Read More

Illinois Racetrack Closing Displaces Standardbreds

Industry representatives believe most of the horses will remain on the circuit at different tracks in the Midwest. Read More