With the deadliest wildfire in California's history raging and nearly 210,000 acres burned and ablaze from fires across the state, the state's citizens and equine community are facing one of equestrians’ worst fears. Many people have been forced to flee their homes, farms, and ranches, with little or no warning, turning horses and livestock loose to fend for themselves and hope for their survival.
Banding together as a community, emergency rescues and fellow equestrians have opened up their barns for shelter and veterinary care for the lost and injured animals. With high winds continuing to sweep over the state, and the fires far from contained, the costs to care for these horses will be ongoing in the coming weeks.
Through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, US Equestrian is providing financial assistance to support the efforts of emergency response groups and organizations that are helping horses impacted by the fires.
Developed in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund helps ensure the safety and well-being of horses during trying times. Since its inception, over $1,000,000 has been donated to aid horses across all breeds in disaster-related situations. All money donated to the fund is strictly used to benefit horses and horse owners. In 2018, the fund raised approximately $650,000 to help in the relief efforts through Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, along with wildfires across the country.
Make a donation to the USEF Disaster Relief Fund here. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, U.C. Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, and the Humane Society of Ventura County. US Equestrian will be working through the USEF Disaster Relief Fund with these organizations and others over the coming weeks to support the ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts throughout the state of California.
Encouraging donations to help the horses affected by the California wildfires, US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney said, “As part of our commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of all horses, the USEF Disaster Relief Fund was created to assist horses impacted by devastating natural disasters such as these crippling wildfires. US Equestrian wants to continue to support the generosity of the equestrian community and those who have stepped up to offer assistance to their fellow horsemen and -women in a time of need. Donations to this fund allow us to continue to provide financial assistance to these groups and others involved in ongoing rescue efforts now and in the future.”
For more information on the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, visit usef.org/donate.
If you know of any other organizations helping with the relief efforts in California, please email [email protected] so they may be included in this article.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!