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

Reward Offered in California Pony Shooting

Authorities hope a cash reward will help identify those responsible for shooting a pony in its Sonoma County pasture. Read More

Authorities: Utah Horses Died of Thirst, Not Gunshot Wounds

Authorities determined that a group of horses believed to be shot to death in their pasture instead died of dehydration. Read More

Owner Charged in Virginia Horse Death

A Virginia horse owner is facing charges after his horse died in the Shenandoah Forest. Read More

APHIS: TWH Celebration Soring Violations Rise

Officials at the 2014 event identified 219 soring violations, an increase from the number found last year. Read More

North Carolina Horse Herd Removed

A herd of 27 horses are receiving rehabilitative care after their removal from a farm in Warren County, North Carolina. Read More

Georgia Authorities Probe Horse Theft

A Tennessee Walking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse went missing from their Madison County pasture. Read More

BLM to Relocate Utah Mustangs from Utah Corrections' Program

More than 1,000 mustangs will be relocated in the wake of a dispute between the BLM and Utah Department of Corrections. Read More

Pennsylvania Horse Dealers Face Animal Cruelty Charges

The trio allegedly attempted to sell three maltreated animals through a New Holland auction. Read More

Horse Dies in Michigan Barn Fire

Investigators believe a lightning strike could have killed a horse located in a Fort Gratiot, Michigan, barn. Read More

Two Horses Dead in Illinois Barn Fire

Authorities in Illinois believe thunderstorms could be to blame for a barn fire that killed two horses in Kane County. Read More

South Carolina Mule Tests Positive for EIA

The case is the first confirmed new incidence of EIA originating in South Carolina for more than a decade. Read More

Tennessee Horse Hauler Enters Plea Deal

A horse hauler whose firm was shut down by federal authorities has pleaded guilty to a single charge under a plea deal. Read More

TWH Celebration VAC Committee Membership Questioned

Committee members say rumors that one member never agreed to be on the committee are false. Read More

Allegedly Maltreated Horses Removed from California Property

More than two dozen horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being removed from a San Diego County property. Read More

Authorities Investigating Texas Horse Deaths

Authorities are hoping water samples can help determined what killed at least a dozen Webb County horses. Read More

Kentucky State Police Accounts for Horse Herd

Horses that were reported killed near Harlan, Kentucky, have been accounted for, the state police say. Read More

Missing Oklahoma Horses at Center of Theft Investigation

The 10 horses are now at the center of a theft investigation involving several states and a federal agency. Read More

Ohio Family Appeals Service Horse Decision

The family is appealing a court's decision to dismiss their case to keep their service Miniature Horse at their home. Read More

Accused North Dakota Probation Violator Arrested Again

A North Dakota man from whom more than 120 horses were seized has been arrested again on probation violation charges. Read More

Congressmen Call for Strict Inspections at TWH Celebration

The Congressmen called on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak to instruct USDA inspectors to "aggressively" inspect horses. Read More

Barn Fire Claims Tennessee Walking Horses

Authorities are blaming an electrical malfunction for a barn fire that killed five Tennessee Walking Horses. Read More

Nebraska Authorities Seek Owner of Abandoned Horse

The allegedly malnourished mare was apparently left in a pasture where other horses reside, officials say. Read More

Massachusetts Bill Requires Vets to Report Animal Cruelty

The bill requires vets to notify local law enforcement authorities if they suspect that an animal is being maltreated. Read More

Move Claims 57 Mustangs, BLM Says

A vet believes the horses died of complications relating to their ages, stress, and a shift from pasture grass to hay. Read More

TWH Celebration Advisory Committee Lists Rule Changes

Rule changes involve when horses arrive at show grounds, X ray and blood sample collection, and more. Read More