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.”
“Ginger Kathrens is the Jane Goodall for the American wild mustang. She is a naturalist, witness, advocate, educator and filmmaker,” states singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
The Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance to equestrians who have been injured or are suffering from medical problems. Net Posse, helps recover horses and equine equipment that has been stolen.
“I moved here to work in the music industry and I know how much the country music industry cares about the welfare of horses. Many of the artists here in town own horses and have supported their welfare in a lot of ways. The charities that will benefit are some of the best in the equine world and we are hoping that the music industry gets behind us and not only will attend for our “meet and greets” but provides items for our auction,” states WHIA Executive Director, Catherine Masters. Masters founded and ran Music Women International, a networking group for women working in the music industry. She now runs the Women’s Horse Industry Association, a 700+ member organization of women equine professionals.
For additional information on the Women’s Horse Industry Association, please visit www.womenshorseindustry.com.
For additional information on the Cloud Foundation, please visit www.cloudfoundation.org or call 719-633-3842.
For information on the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit www.equestrianaidfoundation.org or call 704-650-1604.
For information on Net Posse please visit www.netposse.com or call 704-484-2165.