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

Equine Advocate Dane Facing TWHBEA Complaint

Details surrounding the complaint must remain confidential until a closed hearing has been completed. Read More

TWH Celebration Directors Deliver Lifetime Ban for McConnell

Under the ban, McConnell and any horse in his care are banned from entering Celebration grounds. Read More

TWH Trainer McConnell Pleads Guilty to Soring Charge

On May 22 Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the HPA in various ways. Read More

Association Suspends TWH Trainer McConnell's License

The Walking Horse Trainers Association voted to suspend Jackie McConnell's training license May 17. Read More

PepsiCo. Withdraws TWH National Celebration Sponsorship

PepsiCo. announced withdrawal of support following a horse-soring report aired May 16 on ABC's "Nightline." Read More

Illinois Bill Allows Miniature Horses as Service Animals

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation designating miniature horses as recognized service animals. Read More

SAU Horse Theft, Killing Case to Proceed in Oklahoma

The case against a woman accused of stealing five horses Southern Arkansas University will go forward. Read More

Florida Man Charged in Horse Shootings

A Florida man is facing multiple charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two of his horses.
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New Jersey Anti-Slaughter Bill Advances

The bill would ban the slaughter of horses and the sale of horsemeat for human consumption in New Jersey. Read More

Reward Offered in Michigan Horse Cruelty Case

On May 2 an extremely malnourished horse was discovered lying on the side of a road in Cheboygan County. Read More

Cause of California Police Horse Death Probed

The 13-year-old mare was found dead in her stall She will undergo a necropsy to determine cause of death. Read More

Person of Interest in SAU Horse Theft, Killing Case Arrested

The person of interest, William Hamilton, was arrested in Sebring, Fla., on May 7. Read More

Horse Breeder Crundwell Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charge

Crundwell is accused of embezzling more than $53 million from the small Illinois town she worked for. Read More

Horse Rescuer Sues Suffolk Co. SPCA over Rights Violations

The complaint alleges the Suffolk Co. SPCA illegally exercised police power and violated civil rights. Read More

Arkansas Man Charged in Equine Cruelty Case

The man allegedly tied a horse to a tree for weeks without access to food or water. Read More

HBO's 'Luck' Faces New Equine Welfare Complaints

Information provided by a whistle-blower, including emails and memos from the AHA, prompted the complaints. Read More

N.M. Governor to USDA: Deny Horse Processing Plant Permit

Gov. Martinez asked the USDA to consider a state's opposition when deciding whether to approve an application. Read More

Feds Seek Forfeiture of Crundwell Horses

Horse breeder Crundwell was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $53 million from a small Illinois town. Read More

BLM Offers $10,000 Reward in Mustang, Burro Shooting Deaths

Since January the BLM has documented four incidents involving the killings of nine mustangs and two burros. Read More

New York Man Accused of Shooting Neighbor's Horses

The man allegedly shot and killed the six horses that "repeatedly wandered" on to his property. Read More

Authorities Seek Virginia Horse Slasher

Three horses sustained cuts requiring veterinary treatment. None of the wounds appeared life-threatening. Read More

Botulism Outbreak Suspected in Maine Horse Deaths

Agricultural authorities believe a botulism outbreak is responsible for the deaths of 23 horses at one farm. Read More

Lawmakers, Celebrities Urge Anti-Slaughter Bill Passage

Celebrities and animal welfare group representatives gathered to promote anti-slaughter legislation last week. Read More

Lawsuit Challenges AQHA Cloned Horse Registration Policy

Rule 227(a) prohibits cloned horses or their offspring from being included in the AQHA breed registry. Read More

Montana Barn Fire Claims 19 Horses

The blaze broke out just after 5 a.m. on April 23. All 19 horses residing in the 20,000 square foot barn died. Read More