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The Foundation for the Horse Awards Nearly $640,000 for Programs Benefiting the Welfare of the Horse

The Foundation for the Horse has approved $638,922 in grants for 31 programs and projects committed to The Foundation’s mission of improving the welfare of horses.

The Foundation Advisory Council at its summer meeting selected recipients from a group of applications and ongoing projects seeking continued Foundation support. These recommendations were ratified by The Foundation board of directors. 

The disbursement includes support for five working equid welfare projects administered by “Equitarian” veterinarians and others throughout Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and the United States. Scholarship support to help students and recent graduates offset the financial strain of veterinary school includes the inaugural Bill Rood Leadership Scholarship, an endowed scholarship established by friends, colleagues and clients of the retired Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital co-founder.

Allocated funds are also earmarked for disaster preparedness programs in Kentucky and West Africa; and continued support of veterinary first responders in areas prone to floods and wildfires.

Other projects receiving funds include essential skills workshops and convention programming for students as well as seven equine research projects spearheaded by graduate students and/or residents.

“In a year where we’ve seen a greater need than ever before we are so grateful to our donors that have joined in supporting our mission,” said Richard Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVSMR, chair of The Foundation for the Horse Advisory Council. “The Foundation’s investment in equine veterinary education, research, and support for horses at risk will truly improve the welfare for many horses and working equids.”

Following is a list of grants by focus area.

AAEP Past Presidents’ Research Fellowship
Bill Rood Leadership Scholarship
Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarships (3)
EQUUS Foundation Research Fellowship
Merck Animal Health Scholarships (5)
The Foundation for the Horse Research Fellowship
Zoetis Scholarships (5)

Educational Programs:
AAEP Programs:
• Student Essential Skills Workshops
• Student Convention Programs
• Veterinary Leadership Development Workshop
• New Practitioners Symposium
World Equine Veterinary Association Congress

7 research projects investigated by emerging equine scientists

Horses at Risk:
Disaster Preparedness/Relief:
Brook USA Foundation – Disaster Preparedness in West Africa Farming Communities
Disaster Relief Support for Trusted Partners in California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas
Equitarian Initiative – Haiti Earthquake Relief
Kentucky Horse Council – Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

Working Equid Welfare:
Cart Horse Protection Association – Horse Health Project
Equitarian Initiative – Distance Education Online Learning Platform
Equitarian Initiative – Equitarian Programs for South Dakota American Indian Reservations
Equitarian Initiative – Young Leadership Development Scholarships
Namibian Animal Welfare Association – Project Donkey Harness

Horses at Risk and in Transition:
Equine Disease Communication Center
Equine Welfare Data Collective
EQUUS Foundation – Safe Landings Program
Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium
United Horse Coalition
Vet Direct Safety Net

For more information about The Foundation and its impact on horse welfare, visit