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HEART Equine Ambulance Provides Unique Services for Equestrian Community

Hoedown for HEART Scheduled For February 9, 2007

Wellington, FL – January 29, 2007 – The Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance cares for horses 24 hours a day. Besides providing emergency transport of injured animals during competition, the HEART ambulance staff is available to exhibitors if they have a sick or injured horse during the night. The four main technicians, Janus Marquis, Andrea Stuehr, Craig Kellog and Maria Vitale and Jodi Keller are on call every day, all day, of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), for animals in need.

It is easy to spot the red and yellow HEART ambulance on the WEF show grounds, stationed near the Grand Prix Field, but what many do not realize is that the highly trained HEART staff will ship your horse in the night hours.

If your horse is injured in the schooling or competition arenas, the ingate personnel will immediately radio the HEART staff, who are standing by for instant transport. The technicians have reviewed procedure for smooth and rapid transport with horse show management and employees so that everyone knows how to quickly respond.

During the calm hours of the evening, you can call HEART staff at (561) 301-1642 for help.

Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence that horses are physically debilitated or die during show jumping competitions. Although accidents are few and far between, this loss strikes horrible fear in the equestrian community. Aside from the obvious heartbreak to the riders, the public observing the incident is forever impacted by how the care of the horse is handled.

The HEART staff is passionate about the welfare of all horses. “It is our mission to make the transport of show horses as humane and successful as possible,” said Janus Marquis. “We are trying to stay on the cutting edge of large animal emergency transportation techniques.”

The HEART Equine Ambulance became a nonprofit organization in 2000. It has been run by a dedicated group of equestrians. The ambulance is funded by generous donations and fundraising events.

Please join us to celebrate and support the HEART Equine Ambulance at the 2007 HEART Hoedown. It is a casual and fun event full of horse enthusiasts who believe in the necessity of protecting equine athletes. There will be a fun packed, heel-stomping hoedown held at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in the Special Events Pavilion to raise money for the equine ambulance. With everything from a mechanical bull Calcutta to square dancing, the HEART Hoedown will offer fun for the entire family.

Fast Facts - HEART Hoedown Presented by Outback Steakhouse

When: Friday, February 9, 2007 7:00PM - 11:00 PM

What: Fundraiser for the Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance, with cocktails, dinner, country western music and dancing

Event Chair: Caroline Moran

Dress: "Hoedown Country Casual"

Open seating tickets: $150/person

Premium tables of eight with sponsor benefits: $2,500 - $5,000 each

The Cause: Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance has a state-of-the-art equine ambulance that allows HEART to respond to emergencies at events throughout the United States. Currently HEART provides services to some of the nation's top equestrian events.

Contact for tickets and sponsorship information:

HEART Equine Ambulance

PO Box 2661

Bonita Springs, FL 34133

Trish Zorn at (540) 948-3007 or Phelps Media Group at (561) 753-3389

HEART is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and as such donations to HEART are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For more information about HEART see our website at http://www.equineambulance.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Jodi Keller and Craig Kellog in HEART Ambulance. Photo courtesy of HEART.


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