IVERCARE--Because You Care Award Finalists Announced

Public to Decide the Winners

Nearly 31,000 online votes were received from the public in the semifinals of the IVERCARE--Because You Care award program sponsored by Farnam Horse Products. Earlier this year, more than 100 organizations and individuals were nominated for the award program, which was initiated by Farnam to recognize non-profit organizations and individuals that strive to improve the health and welfare of horses and/or the lives of humans that love them.

All nominees were posted on www.IverCare.com with a short description of their efforts for the public to vote. The top five finalists in each category will be posted on the web site during September 2003 for the public to vote again, but this time it will be for the winners. Farnam will award a total of $17,500 to four nonprofit organizations and one individual in the equine industry. Two small organizations (annual operating budget of less than $250,000) each will be awarded $2,500; two large organizations (annual operating budget of more than $250,000) each will receive $5,000; and one individual will receive $2,500.

Following are the names of the 15 finalists. The finalists for the small organization category are Ozland Horse Rescue; Nokota Horse Conservancy, Inc.; Lone Star Equine Rescue; Lazy Maple Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, NFP; and Bran Manor Equine Rescue and Placement.

Finalists in the large organization category are Rocky River Riding, Inc.; Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation; Hooved Animal Humane Society; Institute of Range and American Mustang Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary; and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm/Equine Center.

The individual finalists are Lucinda J. Christian, Linda Lutes, Rebecca Miolen, Maggie Parker and Paul Searle.

For more information about Farnam horse products, in the United States call toll free at 800/234-2269, direct at 602/285-1660 or go to farnamhorse.com on the Internet. Founded in 1946, Farnam Companies, Inc., is a privately held company and a leader in the animal health products industry.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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