Equine Advocates to Host Awards Dinner

from Equine Advocates

Equine Advocates will hold its seventh awards dinner and charity auction July 31.

Awards to outstanding individuals for equine protection and philanthropy will be given out, after which the Gladys Knight will perform.

This year’s benefit will take place at a new venue--Stone Bridge Farm at Clark Road, the second farm in Saratoga County owned by New York Thoroughbred owner Jeffrey Tucker and his wife, Melanie. The six previous events took place at their other nearby farm on Stone Bridge Road, which is now an equine training center with a Polytrack surface.

Equine veterinary surgeon Dr. Patricia Hogan will receive the Safe Home Equine Protection Award for her work to end horse slaughter. In 2006, Hogan testified before Congress in support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which calls for banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

As a veterinarian, Hogan has treated an impressive list of horses during her career, including 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner Smarty Jones, and 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex.

“We are delighted to be able to honor Dr. Hogan for her active role in helping to get the House version of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act passed in 2006,” Equine Advocates president Susan Wagner said. “The tragedy is that the Senate version was blocked and never passed--the bill ended up dying, which was a horrendous outcome for horses in this country. With the help of dedicated individuals like Dr. Hogan and others, we will keep trying and never let up until the will of the American people on this issue is finally carried out."

Also at the event, Virginia Kraft Payson will receive the inaugural Ellen & Herbert Moelis Award for Philanthropy. The Moelis’ founded the Thoroughbred Charities of America and have raised millions of dollars to help equine rescue groups, veterinary hospitals, and other equine-related institutions. Payson has been a generous supporter of groups and people who help horses.

Limited tickets at $300 per person will be available, but must be purchased in advance. For more information, call (518) 245-1599.

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