National Fundraiser Designed to Help Equine Rescues

On Sunday, Oct. 19, riders and walkers will take to trails across the country for the National Rescue Ride, a nationwide effort to help horse rescues. For at least one rescue, the event can't happen too soon.

"Our farm is for sale, and this is the best shot we have at raising enough money for a down payment," said Joan Tucker, president and founder of the Equine Star Foundation in White Lake, Mich., where a 24-hour relay ride and walk are planned. "This is very important to us."

The fundraiser is the brainchild of Judith Bokman, a New Jersey horse welfare advocate. She hatched the idea after watching rescues in her area struggle to stay afloat.

"Charitable support is down everywhere," she said, "We wanted to find a way to support those that are doing good work" she said.

To participate, rescues must be 501 (c)(3) organizations, and agree to host a benefit trail ride and a walk for non-riding horse lovers. Revenue comes from rider and walker sponsorships, and from Web site merchandise sales.

So far, 54 rescues have signed up, including the Whispering Winds Equine Rescue in Roseburg, Ore.

"This fundraiser will allow us to continue to take in the worst cases," said director Susan Pohlman.

Bokman said she hopes the event will raise more than cash.

"This is also about raising awareness about horse abuse and abandonment," she said.

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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.

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