If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you know of the fate faced by many racehorses as they retire from the track. Perhaps they were injured, but more likely, they’re just too slow to make any money. In any case, the great majority of horses retiring from racing for any reason face the possibility of slaughter. Before the US government shut down the three equine slaughter facilities in the US, those 3 facilities processed anywhere from 100,000 to 110,000 horses per year with the meat bound for the dinner tables and restaurants of Asia and Europe. While no exact numbers are known, it is estimated that20,000 – 30,000 of those slaughtered horses (each year) were Thoroughbreds. Now that the US processing facilities have been closed by the government, our equine friends face a much worse fate in transport to and slaughter houses of Mexico and Canada.
Friends of Ferdinand Inc, the organization that I foster and retrain for is hosting the first annual Rockin The Racehorse fundraiser event to benefit horses retiring from Indiana’s racetracks. Rockin The Racehorse is set to be a unique evening of horses, cocktails, music and good eats located at the Palomino Ballroom, in the midst of Zionsville, Indiana’s horse country. Attendees will be treated to cocktails and a fabulous dinner, along with an intimate concert by acclaimed singer/song-writer and recording artist Jennie DeVoe. Jennie has opened for well-known acts including Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt. In addition to dinner and the intimate concert, FFI horses (current fosters & success stories) will be at the facility so that guests can visit with the horses, their fosters and adopters. The event is limited to 120 guests and is expected to sell out in the next few weeks. More info, including online option for ordering tickets, is available on the website: www.RockinTheRacehorse.org
Oh yeah…and another benefit…you’ll get to meet yours truly, MOI! That’s right! I’ll be there with my foster horse — so yeah, you’ll get to meet them too! This is going to be a fabulous evening you won’t want to miss!
Proceeds from the event will support FFI’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home retiring racehorses.
Rockin’ The Racehorse
Presented by The Tony Stewart Foundation
Friday, September 17, 2010
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Palomino Ballroom
481 S County Road 1200 East
Zionsville, IN 46077