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January 19, 2010

The HSUS Sponsors US Equestrian Federation Youth Convention

The Humane Society of the United States sponsored the Third Annual United States Equestrian Federation Youth Convention in Louisville, Ky., this weekend. The USEF is the governing body of equestrian sport in the United States, and the youth conference is held in conjunction with its annual meeting. This is the second year that The HSUS has sponsored the convention. 

"The youth are the future of the horse industry and we want to support their development as responsible, humane-minded equestrians, and are proud to support this important event," said Holly Hazard, The HSUS' chief innovations officer. "Horses hold a beloved and varied role in our society. Regardless of discipline or culture, there are certain responsibilities each owner should share for the care of their horses."

The day-long convention featured panels, presentations, dinner and a dance. Top equestrians and industry experts shared their insights and experiences with the attendees. Panel topics included horse industry careers, college equestrian programs and horse care. The HSUS provided educational materials on its "Horses: Companions for Life" program; the educational initiative promotes responsible horse ownership and care at all stages of a horse's life.

As part of its educational efforts, The HSUS Equine Program routinely sponsors and participates in equine-related events across the country. Other events on this year's schedule include: Equine Affaire in Pomona, Calif., and The World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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