IVERCARE Award Winners Announced

Five winners are sharing prize money totaling $17,500 in the IVERCARE - Because You Care award program. The program, sponsored by Farnam Horse Products, rewards nonprofit organizations and individuals who strive to improve the health and welfare of horses and/or humans who love them.

The winners were chosen from among 100 equine industry nominees include: Rebecca Miolen in the individual category; Lazy Maple Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation Center and Ozland Horse Rescue in the small organization category; and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Institute of Range and American Mustang Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in the large organization category.

Farnam will award $2,500 to each of the two winning small organizations (annual operating budget of less than $250,000); the two large organizations (annual operating budget of more than $250,000) each will receive $5,000; and the winning individual will receive $2,500.

Between two voting stages that narrowed the field to 15 finalists, nearly 87,000 online votes were received from the public. 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 were posted on the web site during September 2003 for the public to vote for the winners. 

Following are descriptions of the winning nominees:

Small organization category winners:

The mission of the Ozland Horse Rescue (OHR) is to provide a home and loving care for abused and neglected horses. OHR provides education and training in proper horse care to the local 4-H Club and horse owners. The group does all it can to put a stop to the starvation and physical abuse of horses, by whatever means necessary, such as filing charges to prosecute, which included two starvation cases this year. OHR takes in any unwanted horses that have a chance at life, and adopts out horses to homes educated in the necessary care for the particular horse.

Lazy Maple Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to providing a safe refuge and care for older or special needs horses, while placing some in therapeutic riding programs. It gives these horses a second chance at life through rehabilitation, and participates in many fund-raising events related to children and the welfare of animals.  Thirty horses have been accepted into the program, with 30 placed in new loving homes where their care will be continued under the Center's supervision.

Large organization category winners:

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) provides and encourages humane alternatives for Thoroughbred horses at the end of their racing careers. Objectives include: Providing retirement homes and rehabilitation for ex-racing Thoroughbreds; increasing awareness within the racing industry about TRF services and humane options for retired racehorses; and creating new beginnings for retired Thoroughbreds and the people who work with them. In 2002, the TRF adopted out 129 Thoroughbreds, all while increasing the total number of horses in its care from 452 to 630. Additionally, the TRF established a formal partnership with Churchill Downs, Inc. As a result, CDI racetracks nationwide are infused with information about equine adoption and retirement.

The purpose of the Institute of Range and American Mustang Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is to provide not only a home and freedom for more than 400 unwanted and unadoptable wild horses, but also a research area dedicated to solving the problems of wild horse herd management that will contribute to the well-being of wild horses everywhere. The Sanctuary is devoted to the spirit of the wild mustang by giving America's unwanted horses a quality life. The Sanctuary also provides a showcase where the public can see large herds of wild horses running free and come to understand its efforts toward land conservation and the preservation of our Western heritage--America's wild mustangs!

Individual winner:

Rebecca Miolen, 16, works with abused and neglected horses to bring them back to health and learn to trust humans again. She aims to become the best natural horsewoman through training, to bring her mount to its fullest potential, and hopes to help other youth do the same. Miolen organized and conducted a yard sale and pony rides to earn $560 for the Georgia Equine Rescue League (GERL) and Foal Rescue. She also won the county versatility contest and represented Georgia's 4-H at the State Horse Fair, placing fifth.  She is the vice president of County 4-H Horse and Pony Club where she rides with the Drill Team and competes in Quiz Bowl and Horse Judging. 

For more information about IverCare and other Farnam dewormers 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.

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