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

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

Tips to Stop Horse Poachers Offered by Police

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

Florida Horse Poaching Tip Reward Rises

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

Colorado Wild Horse Gather Halted By Judge

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

Poisoned Saddlebred Horses on the Mend

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

Florida Horse Killing Investigation Expands Again

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

Wild Horse Management Bill Draws Varied Reactions

An equine advocacy organization is criticizing new wild horse and burro management legislation, saying it fails to make efficient use of public land.

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Missing Horses Sought in Oregon Neglect Case

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

Contaminated Feed Seized in Kentucky

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

Barrel Horse Theft Investigations Continue

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

Horse Poaching: Miami-Dade Police Investigate New Report

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

House Passes Mustang Management Bill

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

Ranch Hand Arrested in Texas Horse Deaths

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

Third Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Horse Dies

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

Two Horses Die at Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races

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

Barrel Horse Theft: Arrest Likely, Sheriff Says

Arrests in connection with the theft and abuse of a barrel horse in South Dakota could take place this week according to Stanley County law enforcement authorities.

The horse was competing in the Fort Pierre Rodeo when it was taken from the Read More

11 Horses Die in Texas Pasture, Heat and Dehydration Cited

Equipment failure and employee negligence are being blamed for the heat-related deaths of 11 horses in Weatherford, Texas, last week.

Parker County animal control authorities discovered the horses on July 1 after a tipster reported a Read More

More Slaughtered Horses Discovered in Florida

The investigation into a series of horse killings in Florida widened on June 19 when a rancher discovered two slaughtered horses partially buried in a dirt mound on his Miami-Dade County property.

The discovery is the latest in an ongoin Read More