Today, April 21, marks the kickoff of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Help a Horse Day contest, and there’s a good chance that an equine rescue or related organization near you is holding an event to mark the day.
The participants will be judged on the creativity of their events and their success in engaging their local community to join in the horse rescue and protection efforts. The grand prize for the ASPCA Help a Horse Day Contest is a $25,000 grant to help the winning organization continue their work for equines.
Because creativity is a big part of the judging criteria, many of the participating events go beyond the usual open barns and adoption fairs. Equine organizations around the country will be hosting events ranging from family-friendly carnivals to 5k runs and happy hours over the next week. Here are just a few of the more than 170 events listed on the ASPCA’s website:
- Help a Horse, Ride a Bull with the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation of Florida
- Horseless Horse Show and Fair with the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center of Kentucky
- The Unicorn Festival with The Big Purple Barn of Maryland
- Horse Spa and Grooming Day at Hytyme Equine Rescue of Oregon
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com