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

Georgia Farm Operator Charged

Rebecca Bannister is facing cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of nearly 100 horses. Read More

Trio Sentenced in Horse Soring Case

The three were charged with violating the HPA by applying soring practices to horses and falsifying forms. Read More

Wyoming Ranch Chosen for BLM Eco-Sanctuary Review

The 4,000-acre Deerwood Ranch located in the Centennial Valley in Wyoming was chosen for ecologic review. Read More

Missouri Location Eyed for Horse Processing Plant

An industrial site near Mountain Grove, Mo., could be the location of the first horse processing plant. Read More

Homes Sought for Arabian Horses

A herd of more than 40 Arabian horses belonging to a deceased breeder in West Virginia are now in the care of Read More

Florida Authorities Probe Miniature Horse Death

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of a Miniature Read More

Tennessee Horse Deaths Puzzle Authorities

Tennessee law enforcement authorities are hoping to solve the mystery surrounding the sudden deaths of Read More

Preliminary Hearing Waived in Pa. Thoroughbred Fraud Case

A Pennsylvania woman accused of selling to slaughter four retired Thoroughbred racehorses placed in her Read More

Assateague Wild Horse Shooter Sentenced

A Maryland man convicted in connection with last year's shooting death of a wild mare at the Assatea Read More

USEA Identifies Horse Killed in Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion

The horse, a 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, was owned by Jacqueline Mars and ridden by Lauren Kieffer. Read More

Woman, Horse Dead after Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion

The explosion in KESMARC Florida killed one human and horse and injured another human. Read More

Virginia Horse Slasher Sought

Virginia authorities are seeking those responsible for slashing the necks of three horses in Bedford County. Read More

Corolla Wild Horse Herd Expansion Bill Moves to Senate

The legislation received universal support from the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6. Read More

Texas Children's Camp Horses Stolen

The animals--two 9-year-old Quarter Horse mares named Finally Got Zipped and Blaze--were used in lessons. Read More

Double-Decker Trailer Bill Advances

The bill, H.R. 7, contains language prohibiting the hauling of horses in double-deck trailers. Read More

Survey: Majority Opposes Horse Processing

According to the pollsters, 80% of all those surveyed disapproved of horse processing, while 13% approved. Read More

Steel Pier Horse Diving Plan Draws Criticism

A plan to reinstate a horse diving act in Atlantic City is drawing criticism from equine welfare advocates. Read More

Drought Blamed for Spike in Pigeon Fever Cases

Some veterinarians say they saw many cases in drought-plagued 2011 as they would see in five years. Read More

Colorado Lawmakers Nix Animal Abuser Registry Bill

A bill that would have established a registry for convicted animal abusers in Colorado failed in committee. Read More

Texans Ponder Drought's Long-Term Equine Impact

Some rescue operators are making hard management choices as feed, hay, and other resources become scarce. Read More

Oregon Authorities Seize Thoroughbred Horse Herd

The horses' caretaker was charged with 18 counts of animal neglect in connection with the seizure. Read More

Reward Offered for Information on Colorado Horse Shootings

The horses' owner reported 13 Paint horses missing; the horses' bodies were later discovered in their pasture. Read More

Federal Judge Declines to Prevent Nevada BLM Mustang Gathers

The judge said the court did not have the jurisdiction or supporting case law to be the "overseer" of the BLM. Read More

New Mexico Man Charged in Horse Thefts

Benny Padilla is facing charges for allegedly stealing 41 horses from multiple owners over a 12-month period. Read More

Blackburn Sentenced in Soring Case

Blackburn will serve probation, pay a fine, and write a detailed description of soring practices. Read More