Articles: Press Release
$283,000 Distributed to Gulf Area Organizations
from USEF Hurricane Equine Relief Fund
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
4047 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258-2472
Fax (859) 231-6662
Web site: www.usef.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2005
(Lexington, KY) - When the clouds cleared on August 30th, the full
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was shockingly revealed, and before the
Gulf area could even assess all the damage another cruel blow was struck
by Hurricane Rita. Almost immediately after Katrina, an unprecedented
outpouring of assistance from the equestrian community across the United
States and Canada resulted in thousands of emails to the USEF with
offers of shelter for horses and inquiries about sending much needed
supplies. This generosity also included donations to the USEF Hurricane
Equine Relief Fund which received a total of just over $283,000, all of
which has been sent to relief organizations.
The donations came in the form of a single dollar from young children,
small collections made by 4-H clubs, and checks for thousands from
generous individuals and foundations. Some came with letters asking that
the donations be made in memory of a beloved human friend or horse,
others with drawings by children, and many with words of encouragement
for the overall effort.
The USEF has distributed all of the funds to those agencies and
organizations on the front lines of the assistance effort in the Gulf
area. These organizations either played a vital role in the rescue of
horses and ponies in the immediate aftermath of the hurricanes, or were
created specifically to assist in the longer-term care of the equine
The USEF Hurricane Equine Relief Fund has been disbursed as follows:
The United States Army/Blue Devils Horse Platoon - $8200.00
Funds were for the support of the U.S Army's "Operation Pegasus" which
deployed volunteer Army and Army Reserve personnel to spearhead equine
rescue and assistance efforts in Mississippi in cooperation with the
Mississippi State Veterinarian's office.
Habitat for Horses/Lone Star Equine Rescue - $25,000
This Texas organization assisted the Louisiana State University School
of Veterinary Science in the rescue of horses. This organization also
supplied food for horses and ponies in the area after the hurricane and
cared for others in their Texas facility.
Louisiana State University Foundation/Equine Studies Program - $15,000
The LSU School of Veterinary Science managed the rescue, and care of
thousands of animal victims including hundreds of horses. They
tirelessly cared for them at the evacuation facility at the Lamar-Dixon
Expo Center. The LSU Equine Studies vets and students were the backbone
of the rescue teams that braved the deplorable conditions to rescue
horses and ponies.
Mississippi Animal Disaster Relief Fund - $125,900
This fund was established by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical
Association, Inc., to provide support to animals in the state's hard hit
Gulf region. The USEF funds have been specifically earmarked for equine
Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Equine Committee Foundation -
As in Mississippi, this foundation will continue to support the needs of
afflicted equines in the hard hit regions of Louisiana.
"We determined that the best use of funds was to get them to those
agencies which were interacting directly in the effort. They had the
widest mandate to provide appropriate assistance and understand the
specific needs in those areas," said Maria Partlow, USEF Senior Vice
President of Marketing and Communication. "We learned from this
experience that the USEF can play an important role in disaster
preparedness and response. We are discussing this with other national
organizations with a goal of developing a protocol for our role, and
that of other large breed organizations, in supporting local officials
in an emergency situation."
For more information, please contact Maria Partlow, Senior Vice
President of Marketing and Communications on (859) 225-6941 or via email
at email@example.com . USEF press releases
are available on our web site - www.usef.org .