September 14, 2018
Contact: Lynn Coakley
mail@equusfoundation.org | 203-259-1550

Ozzie, Slycy, Sonny's Jigsaw, Titan & Wandering Angus Receive Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the first recipients of a new program, the Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards, sponsored by Platinum Performance. Five EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities received a $500 gift card for Platinum Performance products and a $500 award to be used by the charity for the care of one of their horses.

"We are truly honored to support the EQUUS Foundation and the incredible work that they do to keep America's horses safe with purposeful lives and loving homes. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. We celebrate all the deserving applicants for their complete transparency and wonderful effort in protecting horses and appreciating the impact they have on each of us," said Emily Smith, MS, Platinum Performance.

Warmblood Gelding born 1996
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy

Ozzie had been a jumper in his younger years and came out of retirement to start a new career as a therapy horse in 2017. Read more about Ozzie here.
Slycy (Sly)
Thoroughbred Gelding born 2007
Healing Arenas, Inc.

The winner of over $253,000 and 52 starts, Sly retired completely sound and is now getting back into shape for this next chapter. Read more about Slycy here.
Sonny's Jigsaw (Chance)
Quarterhorse Gelding born 1995
Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc.

Chance was a trail horse and provided lessons to students at Missouri State University before taking on his next career as a therapy horse. Read more about Chance here.
Percheron Gelding born 1995
Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue

Titan spent years as a carriage horse, but when his owners could no longer care for him, he became a victim of abuse and neglect. Today, he's thriving and is the eyes for his pasture mate Barney, a blind Belgian. Read more about Titan here.
Wandering Angus
Thoroughbred Gelding born 1997
Great and Small

Angus is on his fourth career - first as a racehorse and then as an eventer. When the discovery of a heart murmur caused his owner to retire him from all galloping sports, this special horse taught his owner's daughter to ride and as well as other children. Angus came to Great and Small to share his wisdom with riders with special needs in 2017. Read more about Angus here.
Wandering Angus

Honorable Mention

An additional 29 horses received gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine. Read about these wonderful horses by clicking on their names.

Rascal - All About Equine Animal Rescue
Jolene - Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc.
Tickle Me Elmo - Bridle Paths
Hi Country Phantom - Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
Catscourageouslady - CANTER Michigan
Beatrice - Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Draft Gratitude's Samuel - Draft Gratitude
Dawson - Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Inc.
Breeze Of Lexlin - G.A.I.T. Inc.
Arctic Heat - Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Thunder Heart - H.O.R.S.E. of CT, Inc.
Spring - Hearts & Horses
Happy - High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center
Chand The Man - Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation
Felony - Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc.
Star - Maryland Horse Rescue
Sebastian - National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT)
Bacardi Breezer - Nature's Edge Therapy Center
Justin - Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Sara - Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Zephyr - Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.
Fabian - Ray of Light Farm
Grace - Refuge Farms, Inc., Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
Juan Diego - Ride On St. Louis, Inc.
Doc Holiday - RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center
Big Time Bonanza - Riding Unlimited Inc.
Buonasera's Champ - Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc. (SMART)
Beyond All Limits - Saving Horses, Inc.
Zee-Oh-Six - Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc.

There are thousands of charities in the United States that are directly engaged in the day-to-day work of rescuing and rehabilitating America's abused and neglected horses; retraining and rehoming America's horses in transition; providing retirement opportunities for aged horses; and enabling horses to change people's lives, especially for people with special needs - many of which participate on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network.

Only those charities that undergo the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process and receive the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation.

"Especially now - with the advent of the internet and social media - it is essential to make sure that organizations making appeals to potential donors and grant makers are fully transparent and operating at the highest standards. Thanks to Platinum Performance, we are able to provide much needed support to deserving charities that are ensuring that America's horses are safe and live in comfort with purpose and dignity," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

View all the Platinum Performance Horse Welfare
Award Recipients here

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: equusfoundation.org.

About Platinum Performance: Platinum Performance believes in the power of nutrition and supplementation and is committed to providing formulas that produce superior results. Over the past several decades, Platinum has continued to research the role of nutrition in animal health and remains committed to providing veterinarians, owners and trainers with the nutritional tools they need to benefit from cutting edge nutrition. Animal Health is the Platinum Performance Mission, and we look forward to helping you NOURISH YOUR PASSION. For more information, visit www.platinumperformance.com.
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