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

Texas Authorities Seize Horses, Other Livestock

More than 30 horses are among 386 animals in SPCA of Texas custody after authorities seized them from a petting zoo located behind a Dallas County feed store.

Dallas County law enforcement authorities and SPCA of Texas personnel remove Read More

Horse Rescues Get Creative to Combat Donation Recession

In a stubbornly stagnant economy and with winter fast approaching, equine rescue operators are finding creative ways to attract financial support from beyond their traditional contributor bases.

Equine welfare agencies began to feel the Read More

Arrest Made in BLM Horse Shootings

A former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee faces multiple charges in connection with the fatal shooting of three horses located in a federal corral in Rock Springs, Wyo., in Read More

Man Charged in Barrel Horse Theft

A Fort Pierre, S.D., man faces multiple charges in connection with the theft of Dually, a champion barrel racing horse allegedly stolen from the Stanley County fairgrounds in July. Read More

Mustangs Find New Homes on National Adoption Day

More than 400 mustangs found adoptive homes this weekend during a series of National Wild Horse Adoption Day events sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and wild Read More

Miami Horse Poaching: Another Arrest Made

A second Florida man is in custody in connection with two horse poaching incidents, including the death of horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade Police arrested Santiago Cabrera, 19, on Monday in connection with Read More

Miami Horse Poaching: Arrest, Criminal Charges Made

A Florida man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with two horse poaching incidents including the death of a horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.

The horse was Read More

National Wild Horse Adoption Day Aims for 1,000 Homes

People considering adopting a wild horse might find their equine matches at one of 35 events taking place nationwide during National Wild Horse Adoption Day Sept. 26.

Currently about 33,100 mustangs roam federal lands in 10 Western states. Read More

Florida Horse Poaching Information Rewards Rise to $20K

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida rose to $20,000 today when Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County Inc. increased its reward offer to $15,000. Read More

Tampa Police Investigate Horse Theft

Police in Hillsborough County, Fla., are seeking two men and a woman suspected of stealing five horses from a Seffner pasture on Sept. 5.

The stolen horses were among eight located in the pasture when the suspects cut a fence, drove a Read More

Information Sought on S.C. Captive Bolt Horse Shooting

The owner of a Quarter Horse mare found dead in its South Carolina pasture last month is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoeve Read More

Pryor Mustang Gather Complete, Some Horses Returned to Range

The majority of horses from the Pryor Mountain herd are back on the range now that their controversial gather is complete.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began removing the Read More

Walking Horse Breeders' Kentucky Incentive Funds Tied to HPA Compliance

Tennessee Walking Horse breeders in Kentucky who are found to be noncompliant with Horse Protection Act (HPA) anti-soring rules will be unable to receive breeders' incentive funds under new Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) regulations. Read More

Miami Gardens Horse Reported Butchered

Investigations into a series of horse poaching incidents in Florida expanded again on Wednesday when a horse was discovered dead in the paddock of a Miami Gardens ranch.

The Read More

Former Owners of Seized Retired Polo Ponies Sought

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

Florida Horse Shot in Pasture, Police Investigating

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

Judge Allows Controversial Mustang Gather

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

Stolen Barrel Horse Recovering

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

Walking Horse Show Officials Investigate Alleged Bribery

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

Walking Horse Celebration Exhibitor Suspended for Alleged Bribe

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

Seized Arabians in Custody of Texas Group

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

Walking Horse Celebration Show Inspectors Ready

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

Horse Poachers Target of Community Watch Project

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

Former Lab Tech Suing Polo Ponies' Supplement Maker

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

76 Arabian Horses Seized in Texas

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