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June 10, 2010

HELP Rescue Me Trainer’s Showcase Highlights Adoptability of Rescued Horses

Natural horsemanship trainers teach horses rescued by The HSUS from Nebraska neglect case

The first HELP Rescue Me Trainer's Showcase, developed by the Grace Foundation of Northern California and sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, kicks off today at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, Calif., with demonstrations by natural horsemanship trainers and a rescued horse adoption event.  

The showcase begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. in the "Trainer's Specialist" arena of Cal Expo, at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. For directions and a map of the arena, click here.

More than 30 natural horsemanship trainers from around California will showcase 50 rescued horses they've worked with over the past several weeks. Many of the horses featured were among a group of more than 200 severely neglected mustangs that The HSUS and local law enforcement rescued from a Nebraska ranch last year as part of an animal cruelty investigation. The Grace Foundation has been working with The HSUS to help rehabilitate and rehome these horses.

"This event highlights both the benefits of natural horsemanship techniques and the intelligence, trainability and resilience of rescued horses. We are thrilled to sponsor this forum because it will give the horse-loving public a chance to be exposed to these deserving equines," said Keith Dane, The HSUS' director of equine protection.

HELP, which stands for Honoring Equines for Life Project, is a new program that was developed by the Grace Foundation to educate the public about the benefits of adopting rescued horses.

"When people think of rescued horses, many believe these animals are throwaways—but in reality these horses were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. The goal of the showcase is to shine the spotlight on these amazing animals and the trainers who have used natural, gentle methods of training," said Beth DeCaprio, president of the Grace Foundation of Northern California.

The horses featured in the event will all be available for adoption through the Grace Foundation. Toward the end of the evening, the featured rescued horses will participate in a special showcase.  

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About The Humane Society of the United States: 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. Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching "HumaneTV" in the App Store.

About the Grace Foundation of Northern California: The Grace Foundation of Northern California is an equine rescue and rehabilitation facility in El Dorado Hills, California, that uses rescued horses as a tool in working with at-risk youth and special needs children and adults.

About the Western States Horse Expo: For the past 12 years, the Western States Horse Expo has served as a gathering spot for equestrians across North America.  The Expo, which is held at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, includes demonstrations by world-class clinicians, the Equine Dream Art Show, shopping areas like "Rigs and Digs" and "The Ranch" and special events such as the Magnificent Seven and the Alltech Equestrian Extravaganza. For more info visit horsexpo.com or call 1-800-352-2411.

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