The EQUUS Foundation was born from love of the equestrian sport and the critical need to provide care to horses after their sport careers are over. We awarded our first grants in 2003 to seven equine charities based in Connecticut and the metropolitan New York area.
Now in our 20th year, we support hundreds of equine charities nationwide. In 2022, we announced a landmark expansion in the direction of the EQUUS Foundation as not only a grant maker, but also an accrediting body with the establishment of the EQUUS Foundation Mentor Accreditation program.
During our 2022 fiscal year that ended in August, we were able to impact the lives of over 6,000 horses through our programs and grant awards. While this represents an increase of over 1,000 horses from 2021, there are still over 20,000 horses being shipped across our borders for slaughter.
This year, we will publish a study of the equine welfare and business practices of our Guardian and Mentor charities. The study will include an estimation of the capability needed to accommodate slaughter-bound equines now and in the future - whether or not our borders are closed to equines transported for slaughter.
We aim to build consensus within the equine industry to embrace solutions for equines in transition other than shipping them across our borders for slaughter.