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

Horses Grab Headlines in Kansas Financial Dispute

A group of 59 horses became the subject of a Jackson County, Kan., police investigation this week after they were reported stolen, then recovered, and then revealed to be collateral in a financial dispute between a Meriden, Kan., farm owner and Read More

Former Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

Former equine rescue operator Dean Solomon pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered during her King County, Wash., Superior Court appearance on Nov. 6.

Solomon operated the Pacific Read More

Traps Threaten Massachusetts Trail Riders

Police in Lincoln, Mass., are warning equestrians to be on the lookout for green floral wire and strings with hanging mousetraps stretched across public trails, presumably to injure horses and riders. Mounted Massachusetts State Read More

Appeals Court Date Set in Grass Lake Horse Abuse Case

Lawyers on both sides of a long-running and controversial Michigan horse abuse case will argue whether or not felony charges against Matt Mercier and James Henderson, Jr., should be Read More

Reward Offered for Information in California Horse Shooting Case

Michael and Marianne Rountree, the owners of a pair of tobiano Paint horses found shot and killed in their pasture, are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the capture of the horses' assailant. The couple Read More

Keeping Stalled Horses Happy

No matter the reason your horse is stalled, you can keep him happy and comfortable. Read More

Wrangler Charged in Oregon Horse Shooting

A former employee of an Oregon youth camp faces multiple criminal charges in connection with the shooting and abandonment of Trooper, a 6-year-old Arabian gelding discovered wandering in the Deschutes National Forest with a gunshot Read More

Effort to Match Seized New York Horses, Owners Continues

Eight weeks after seizing 85 allegedly malnourished Thoroughbred horses from a Troupsburg, N.Y., breeding farm, authorities with the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are still trying to match the Read More

Trail Horses Included in Resort Bankruptcy Auction

Operators of the Double JJ Resort and Ranch in Rothbury, Mich., are hopeful that the resort's 94 horses will find new homes when the company's assets are liquidated at bankruptcy auction on Oct. 30. Owners ceased operations on Sept. 3 after Read More

Oregon Summit Reviews Abandoned Horse Issues

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Fred Perl came face-to-face with the plight of unwanted horses on Oct. 17 when he assisted in the rescue of Trooper, a 6-year-ol Read More

Reward Offered for Information on Shot, Abandoned Horse

An unidentified resident of Deschutes County, Ore., is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the shooting and abandonment of Trooper, a 6-year-old Arabian gelding. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Fred Perl and a Read More

California Family Pleads Not Guilty in Horse Abuse Case

Members of the California family accused of mistreating horses at their Ventura County Ranch pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of felony animal abuse/neglect at their Oct. 16 arraignment in Ventura Superior Court. Wendy Macfarlane Read More

52 Horses Seized from California Ranch, Multiple Felony Charges Handed Down

Three members of a California family have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony animal abuse in connection with the alleged mistreatment of horses at their Ventura County ranch. Jane Bor, her son Ernie, and daughter-in-law Read More

Horse Rescue Offers Low-Cost Euthanasia Clinic

NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., will offer a low-cost euthanasia clinic on Dec. 17 for owners who, due to economic or other reasons, are unable to care for their horses. Owners will be charged $25 for the euthanasia Read More

Jury Trial for Massachusetts Euthanasia Case

Elliot Saffran, the Milford, Mass., man accused of animal cruelty for refusing to euthanize his mare, appeared in Uxbridge District Court on Oct. 14 and requested that his case be transferred to another court for trial before a jury.

"He Read More

Some California Horses Waiting Fire Out at Holding Facilities

Horses evacuated from fire zones in Ventura County, Calif. are residing in temporary holding facilities at the county fairgrounds while firefighters battle the latest round of wildfires sweeping the region.

According to Capt. John Alford of Read More

Sport Horse Enthusiasts Eye Thoroughbred Market

Tennessee equestrian and horse breeder Lisa Cook wanted a Thoroughbred mare to breed to her Thoroughbred stallion, but perceived high prices always prevented her from buying one at high profile auctions such as Kentucky's Keeneland sale. Bu Read More

SPCA Uses Public Education to Garner Horse Abuse Tips

New York's Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rarely receives more than seven tips relating to horse cruelty per month. But after the agency seized five allegedly malnourished horses from a barn in Read More

Owners React to N.Y. Abuse Plea Deal

When she learned that Geraldine Trupia pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty for neglecting horses at her Steuben County, N.Y., breeding farm, Quakertown, Pa., horse owner Virginia Stack was too focused on bringing her Thoroughbred mare Read More

Plea Deal Accepted in New York Breeding Farm Case

Geraldine Trupia, the operator of a New York breeding farm where authorities seized a herd of malnourished horses in August, plead guilty to two counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement unveiled during her Read More

Colorado Rescue Operator Sentenced to Service, Probation

Alesha Matchett, the Colorado woman who pleaded guilty in August to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty for neglecting horses at a rescue ranch she operated, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four years supervised probation Read More

The Latest on Clones

As scientists continue to unlock cloning's secrets, perfect its processes, and study the way genes express themselves in individuals, their successes will undoubtedly affect demand and future use.

In March 2008 Prometea, a Read More

State Regulators Investigate Breeder Incentive Recipients

Kentucky Walking Horse Association (KWHA) President Earl Rogers says he’s cooperating with Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) investigators looking into the Horse Protection Act (HPA) compliance records of KWHA members who collected cash Read More

Horse Slaughter Bill Moves on to House

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has passed H.R. 6598, a measure known as the "Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008."

This bill prohibits transport, sale, delivery, or export of horses for slaughter for Read More

Breeding Farm Operator Pleads Not Guilty to Cruelty Charges

Geraldine Trupia, operator of Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to five counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty during her Read More