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“Miracles on Manes” Benefits ACORD – Charity Honors Marjorie V. Kittredge

Alpharetta, GA – ACORD (American Competition Opportunities for Riders with Disabilities, Inc), a national 501c3 nonprofit corporation, is kicking off their first fundraiser for the Memories of Marj Scholarship & Grant Fund on Saturday, September 10, 2011. This fund will provide educational opportunities across the country for athletes with disabilities.

The “Miracles on Manes” benefit for Memories of Marj will be held at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta, GA, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will feature music, refreshments, a silent auction, prize drawings and a thrilling round of equestrian entertainment. Guests of honor are riders from the Caisson Platoon Program in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $40; a table for ten may be reserved for $350. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be served, with entertainment from many equestrian disciplines, including: polo, dressage pairs to music, sidesaddle, show jumping, eventing, grand prix dressage and riders with disabilities. Drawing and silent auction items are extensive, including a hot air balloon champagne ride, luxury beach weekend and a flightseeing trip over Atlanta.

The evening will conclude with the awarding of the first two grants from the Memories of Marj Scholarship & Grant Fund, followed by a special champagne toast to Marjorie V. Kittredge and ACORD’s first Memories of Marj Beneficiaries.

ACORD is organizing this scholarship and grant fund in memory of Marjorie (Marj) V. Kittredge, a Boston native who dedicated her life to equestrians with disabilities as an instructor, mentor, clinician, judge and organizer. Marj was one of ACORD’s original founders in 1992 and the first American international technical delegate. She died on June 23, 2010 at the age of 86. With Marj’s help, ACORD made a difference for people and horses.

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Willie Nelson and Family Win WHINNY Awards

Nashville, TN – July 12, 2011 – It’s become not only a mission with a passion, but one that has members of the Nelson family standing up and doing whatever they can to stop the slaughter of horses.

Willie Nelson has been an advocate against the slaughter of wild horses for years and of the almost 70 horses he owns, 25-30 were rescued directly from slaughter. He believes it’s our job to protect them and makes it a point to support many of the groups that work in this area. His passion and advocacy
is being shared by his family.

His daughter Amy and granddaughter Raelyn have joined in the fight testifying against the slaughter of horses and are making it a point to work with the State of Tennessee’s legislative branch to keep the dialog about any laws concerning these issues open.

“Here’s another great example of someone with high visibility taking the time to support this cause and who brings along not only his family but thousands of fans around the world to join him. There’s a reason why people like Willie Nelson. The man shows his dedication to horses and doing the right thing every day of his life. Willie definitely walks the talk,” states WHIA Executive Director, Catherine Masters.

The Whinnys are an awards program set up by the Women’s Horse Industry Association. The awards will be given out on October 6 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Rhythm and Hooves benefit to save horses. The event will raise funds for three equine charities: The Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and The benefit will be a part of the WHIA’s Annual conference (October 6-8 at the Radisson Hotel Opryland) where women in the horse industry will gather to exchange information and business.

For additional information on the WHIA and its upcoming conference and benefit, please visit Women’s Horse Industry or call 615-730-7833.

Rhythm and Hooves Awards to Recognize Country Music Industry

June 29, 2011 – Nashville, TN – The Women’s Horse Industry is pleased to announce an awards program dedicated to the men and women in country music who have a passion for helping and saving horses.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Rhythm & Hooves benefit auction on Thursday, October 6 at the Radisson Opryland. Nominees from the country music industry will be presented awards for their efforts with horses. After the awards are presented, there will be an auction to benefit the Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and Stolen Horses/ “These are great equine charities and we hope the Nashville music industry will help us raise money by providing items for the auction,” states Debby Lening, VP of the Women’s Horse Industry.

“I know that there are a lot of country music artists and other music industry executives who have a real passion for helping horses so we thought that it would make a lot of sense to identify, recognize and award them for their efforts,” states Catherine Masters, Executive Director of WHIA.

If you would like to nominate someone from the country music industry for these awards, please send an email to: with the nominee’s name and why they should be nominated.

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Rhythm and Hooves Benefit to Save the Horses

Nashville, Tennessee – The Women’s Horse Industry Association will be hosting a benefit to save horses during their annual national Networking Expo October 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the exhibitors and speakers from the equine world covering all types of products and services, this year there will be a benefit auction the evening October 6 at the Radisson Hotel Opryland which will benefit the Cloud Foundation, The Equestrian Aid Foundation and Net Posse.

Auction items will include autographed items from country music starts and products and services from some of the members of the WHIA.  There are also plans for some “meet and greets” and live acoustic musical performances from Nashville recording artists.

The Cloud Foundation, named for the charismatic wild stallion Cloud, works to preserve wild horses on western public lands.  “Mustangs are safest with their families in the wild,” states Ginger Kathrens, Emmy Award-winning producer, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, and producer of the acclaimed Cloud programs for PBS’s Nature series. “When they’re rounded up by the thousands, they lose what they value most — their freedom and their families. And many make the ultimate sacrifice when they are sold to slaughter. Better and kinder management must be implemented if the few thousand mustangs remaining in the wild are to survive.”

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Jennifer Foster, CEO of EQ Bookkeeping, to Participate at the 2011 WHIA Networking Expo

Nashville, TN – The Women’s Horse Industry Association is pleased to announce that Jennifer Foster, CEO of EQ Bookkeeping, will be participating at the event as an exhibitor and speaker. The 2011 WHIA Networking Expo will be held at the Radisson Hotel Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee October 6-8 and will include exhibits as well as a variety of panels and seminars. Plus, this year there will be a benefit auction called RHYTHM & HOOVES, which will raise funds to save horses and incorporate the Nashville music community.

EQ Bookkeeping was formed to provide equine business owners the financial support they need to operate a profitable horse business.  The company provides day-to-day accounting, consulting, and tax preparation services to breeders, trainers, riding stable operators, farriers, veterinarians and other equine related businesses.  EQ Bookkeeping services clients throughout the United States and worldwide.

Foster will be one of the speakers on the “Making Your Business Profitable” panel on Saturday, October 8th.  “Jennifer is a great speaker and has made presentations at several of our other conferences.  She is always a crowd pleaser and we are delighted that she will again be helping others become more successful in their equine businesses,” states WHIA Executive Director, Catherine Masters.

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Benefit for Chris Dunn

Lake Asbury Riding Association and North Florida Arabian Horse Club are hosting a benefit poker ride at Welaka State Forest on Saturday, May 21st for Chris Dunn.

Ride Fee – $20.00
Best Hand Wins – $100
Lunch $5.00
50/50 Raffle Tickets
Stalls and Campsites Available
RSVP / Lisa 904-291-4352 or / Nancy 904-291-6804

Pay the day of the event.  Please RSVP so we know how many plan to attend.

Chris recently had back surgery and due to complications afterwards is partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Chris and Dale own and operate Ravenwood Farm in Keystone Heights, which is in part a rescue operation for horses, dogs and many other animals. They have given tirelessly to the community by volunteering their time to work with local veterinarians to do microchip clinics, traveled to the Gulf States a few years back during the hurricanes to rescue horses and other animals that were lost and/or injured. Chris also teaches informative seminars on hurricane preparedness for horse owners.

If you can’t ride but want to help, donation checks can be made out to CHRIS DUNN & mailed in care of Nancy Pooley, 2451 Quarter Horse Trail, Middleburg FL 32068.