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

Advocates Want Chuckwagon Races Dropped From Stampede Roster

Four horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained during chuckwagon races at this year's Calgary Stampede. Read More

House Committee Rejects Anti-Horse Slaughter Amendment

The agriculture funding bill amendment would have prevented funding for U.S. horsemeat processing plant inspections. Read More

Calgary Stampede Suspends Roper for Mistreating Horse

Calgary Stampede officials have suspended competitor Tuf Cooper for maltreating his horse during a roping event. Read More

Florida Police Seek Horse Shooter

Authorities are seeking those responsible for shooting a horse then tying its carcass to a utility pole. Read More

Second Horse Euthanized at Calgary Stampede

The horse was euthanized after suffering an injury during a chuckwagon race at the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo. Read More

Coping With Horse Rescue Costs

From investigation training to bringing charges, take a look at what it costs authorities to seize maltreated horses. Read More

Miniature Horse Shooter Convicted in Maryland

John Nelson Price was convicted of shooting and killing his Miniature Horse in May. Read More

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Nixes Wild Horses' Endangered Status

The FWS said the submitted petition didn't present enough information supporting claims that wild horses are threatened. Read More

One Horse Dies, Another Injured at Oregon Rodeo

Two riders and their horses were participating in the grand entry performance on July 1 when the animals collided. Read More

Chuckwagon Racehorse Euthanized at Calgary Stampede

A 10-year-old Thoroughbred fractured a cannon bone during a race and was euthanized by the event's veterinarian. Read More

Accused Thief Arrested in Tennessee

The charges allege that Lydia Culp misrepresented a horse for sale online and sold the sick animal to victims in Texas. Read More

Houston SPCA Gets Custody of Seized Horse Herd

A Texas judge has awarded the Houston SPCA custody of 200 allegedly maltreated horses seized last month. Read More

New Jersey Standardbred Trainer Indicted

Monica Thors is facing a multiple count indictment for allegedly maltreating several Standardsbreds last year. Read More

NCSU Veterinarians Treat Corolla Foal

A wild foal found weak and underweight is recovering from several health problems with a veterinary team's help. Read More

Dozens of Horses Seized from Texas

A couple faces multiple animal cruelty charges after law authorities seized the horses at their Montgomery County farm. Read More

Storm Claims Horse at Virginia Rescue

The mare was euthanized after being injured by flying debris from high winds and a strong thunderstorm. Read More

Legislation Would Repeal Off-Track Wagering Law

Sen. Tom Udall claims the law "has not met its original policy goal of furthering the U.S. horse racing industry." Read More

Wyoming Governor Appeals Wild Horse Lawsuit Ruling

Gov. Matt Mead appealed a decision to dismiss a case alleging that the BLM failed to manage wild horses appropriately. Read More

Alleged Texas Horse Thief Jailed

A man accused of stealing 210 cattle and 30 horses has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Read More

Ohio Police Seek Horse Shooter

The 9-year-old horse is receiving veterinary care after being shot in the leg while grazing in a pasture. Read More

Proposed Bill Calls for Federal Anti-Doping Racing Rules

Race-day medications for racehorses would be banned and an independent agency would be charged with enforcing rules. Read More

Feds Eye Crundwell's Breeders' Royalty Revenue

The Department of Justice will seek the release frozen breeders' trust royalty revenue that Rita Crundwell received. Read More

Wild Animals Ruled Out as Cause of Michigan Horse's Injuries

A veterinarian identified the horse's bone-deep leg wound as consistent with injuries sustained from pasture fencing. Read More

Police Probe Tennessee Horse Shootings

One horse was shot multiple times and died of his injuries. A second horse was also shot, but is expected to recover. Read More

BLM Arizona Issues Equine Influenza Advisory

Six wild burros from the Black Mountain Herd Management Area tested positive influenza last month. Read More