Pat Raia is a professional journalist who has covered horse industry and equestrian topics for a number of publications. Her background includes riding, showing, and training Saddlebred horses.
Articles by Pat Raia
September 09, 2009
An equine welfare advocate is hoping to reunite polo ponies seized from a farm owned by Polo Pony Retirement Foundation operator Nancy Mackall in August with former owners who want them back.
Twenty equines were residing on the farm when Read More
September 04, 2009
Polk County Sheriff's Deputies are seeking information about the shooting death of a horse in its Davenport, Fla., pasture.
Owner Jim Andrews discovered the Quarter Horse mare missing on Sept. 1 when it failed to return to the barn with its Read More
September 03, 2009
The roundup of more than 190 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horses from the Pryor Mountain herd got under way on Thursday after a U.S. federal judge ruled against a group that tried to prevent the gather.
The roundup was originally Read More
September 02, 2009
A champion barrel horse is recovering from injuries sustained when it was allegedly stolen during a rodeo event in South Dakota in July, but its competitive future remains in question, said owner Wendy Halweg.
Halweg and her horse Read More
September 02, 2009
An exhibitor at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is under investigation for allegedly attempting to bribe a Designated Qualified Person (DQP) during a pre-performance inspection.
DQPs are employed by horse show managers to Read More
September 02, 2009
An exhibitor at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has been suspended indefinitely after allegedly attempting to bribe a horse show official.
The Celebration's Read More
August 28, 2009
More than 70 allegedly neglected Arabian horses seized from their owner earlier this month are now in the permanent custody of the agency directing their care.
Denton County Read More
August 27, 2009
Federal Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance inspectors will be out in force during this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, said Rachel Cezar, DVM, coordinator for the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Horse Read More
August 24, 2009
A community campaign might convince poachers that horse owners in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are on the alert to stop them, hopes Judy Paul, mayor of Davie, Fla.
At least 17 horses have been stolen and apparently butchered fo Read More
August 21, 2009
A former lab technician is suing the Florida company that produced a vitamin and mineral compound blamed for killing 21 polo horses in April on grounds that she lost her job after cooperating with authorities investigating the deaths.
The Read More
August 17, 2009
The operator of a Texas horse breeding farm was arrested after law enforcement authorities removed 76 allegedly neglected horses from his ranch on Friday.
Denton County Sheriff's Deputies discovered the horses at the Renazans Arabians ranch Read More
August 13, 2009
While their probe into a series of horse poaching incidents continues, the Miami-Dade County Police are asking horse owners to do their part to keep their animals safe.
At least 17 horses have been stolen and apparently butchered for Read More
August 12, 2009
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $8,000 on Tuesday when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. added $3,000 to existing reward Read More
August 08, 2009
A federal judge sided with wild horse advocates this week when she ruled the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could not remove wild horses from the West Douglas Herd Area in northwest Colorado as planned.
The BLM had planned to remove th Read More
August 05, 2009
An American Saddlebred show horse in critical condition after ingesting unknown quantities of oleander leaves is recovering and will be released from the hospital later this week, according to the veterinarian supervising its Read More
July 28, 2009
The investigation into a series of Florida horse poaching incidents expanded again Sunday when another horse was found dead in its pasture, apparently slaughtered for its meat.
A caretaker discovered the horse's carcass in a pasture near it Read More
July 27, 2009
An equine advocacy organization is criticizing new wild horse and burro management legislation, saying it fails to make efficient use of public land.
July 22, 2009
Police in Marion County, Ore., are seeking several horses that might have been hidden by a barn operator accused of animal neglect.
Investigators believe the horses were moved by Kristina Early, operator of the Early Rise Ranch, a training Read More
July 21, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising horse owners to discard feed purchased at a Florence, Ky., feed store because it could be contaminated. The agency issued the advisory on Monday when U.S. Marshals seized $24,00 Read More
July 20, 2009
Charges connected to the alleged theft and abuse of a barrel horse remain pending until prosecutors can verify facts surrounding the case.
The horse was competing in the Read More
July 20, 2009
Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating the death of another horse apparently butchered for its meat.
Miami-Dade County Police discovered the horse's carcass July 19 after an anonymous tipster reported it Read More
July 17, 2009
A bill promoting increased on-range management for wild horses and burros came closer to becoming law today when the U.S. House of Representatives passed it 239-185.
Introduced by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall Read More
July 13, 2009
A ranch worker was arrested on multiple animal cruelty counts for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas.
Parker County law enforcement Read More
July 13, 2009
An outrider horse competing in the GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada, died Friday following a pulmonary embolism.
The Thoroughbred was the second chuckwagon race horse to succumb to a Read More
July 09, 2009
Two horses died in separate incidents at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada. The annual event features rodeo-style competitions and livestock exhibitions.
The horses were competing in the Stampede's GMC Rangeland Derby chuckwagon race. Read More