AAEP Foundation Awards $220,000 in Grants to Help Horses

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has awarded funding to 20 equine organizations and special projects committed to improving the welfare of the horse.

In 2012, the AAEP Foundation will distribute more than $220,000 in grants to equine organizations and projects that share the Foundation’s mission to help horses through support of veterinary and horse owner education, equine research, benevolence, and the equine community. The Foundation Advisory Committee selected recipients from a group of applications and on-going projects seeking continued Foundation funding during its July 20 meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The AAEP Foundation will support initiatives including Equitarian workshops, student veterinary scholarships, initiatives to address the problem of unwanted horses, youth development in the equine community and important equine research, including The Laminitis Research Project.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

— The Race For Education/Platinum Performance/AAEP Foundation Winner’s Circle Scholarships

— Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (Equine Research)

— Morris Animal Foundation (Equine Research)

— Markel Insurance Company/AAEP Foundation Student Scholarships

— AAEP Past Presidents’ Research Fellow

— Unwanted Horse Coalition and its Operation Gelding Program

— Equine Research Coordination Group

— National FFA Organization (Student Workshops)

— American Veterinary Medical Association Foundation (Congressional Science Fellowship)

— Rood and Riddle Foundation (Opportunities in Equine Practice Seminar)

— World Equine Veterinary Association (International Congress)

— Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(Conference and Annual Meeting)

— American Youth Horse Council (Leadership Symposium)

— University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center (9th International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases)

— Horses and Humans Research Foundation (Research for rehabilitation for military veterans.)

— Equitarian Programs (Workshops and working equid outreach in Mexico and Costa Rica.)

— Christian Veterinary Mission (Fast Horses Seminar in Mongolia)

— Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust (Disaster Relief)

— AAEP Student Chapters (Short courses, stipends to attend the AAEP Annual Convention, chapter activity support and scholarships.)

— AAEP Foundation Laminitis Research Project

To learn more about these programs being supported by the AAEP Foundation visit http://www.aaep.org/foundation_where_dollars_go.htm  

For more information about the AAEP Foundation and its grant program, visit http://www.aaepfoundation.org

The AAEP Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 1994 as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The AAEP Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse through support of research, education, benevolence and the equine community. Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated nearly $2.5 million to support its mission.