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Local Horse Shows and Events Donate to Pure Thoughts Horse & Foal Rescue

Wellington, FL - February 23, 2009 -- You can tell the "season of the horse" is in full swing in Wellington, Florida. The barns have come to life, riders on horseback are strolling along the paths, and equestrian events of all types fill the weekends.

It is great to see that many have remembered what makes the "season" -- the horses themselves. There are individuals and organizations that have thought to give back to the horses and include them in their events, especially the horses that have been rescued from abuse, neglect and slaughter.

In December, The South Florida Hunter Jumper Association held a charity show and invited Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue to be a part of it. Through the practice ring and a percentage of the revenues, Pure Thoughts, Inc. received over $5,000. At the practice ring we heard many times, "let's go in and work, it's helping the horses." Watching the last pony event and seeing the kids holding up their wristbands from the rescue was a great sight. We want to thank the SFJHA for including the rescue in their show and choosing to support horse welfare.

Last weekend the Intercontinental Sport Horse Auction Horse took place at Nona Garson's. It was a wonderful event to attend, and we enjoyed seeing beautiful horses going to good homes. This event raised $3,100 for Pure Thoughts. At this event Camille Swanson, who has attended the kill auctions with Pure Thoughts, commented:

"It was such a polar opposite of what I have seen at the kill auctions. Yes, we see very good horses at the kill auctions, but what I witnessed was the difference in humanity. This night was a group of people who love the horse and appreciate what the horse does for them... at the kill auction, the treatment of the horse is cruel and inhumane. It was fantastic to watch the pampering of these horses, listen to the statements made about the horses and view the effort put into showing the ability and quality of these horses. My horse is a rescue horse, and one day I'll be showing her. When I got her, you would never have known that -- no one ever took the time to tell or show me what a great horse she was. I was just able to see the horse within. I wish there were more private auctions for horses. Maybe less would be at the kill auctions."

From Jennifer Swanson:

"I appreciate the organizations that have made our rescue and the issue of horse welfare an added element to their events. We continue to take in abused and neglected horses from all over the state, horses which the owners can no longer afford to keep, racehorse that are not able to race any longer, some at risk of going to slaughter and other horses that are at risk of slaughter. Rescuing these animals is an enormous financial burden, and donations and contributions are desperately needed. In May, through the Triumph Project, 163 lives were saved, and over 100 of those horses have been successfully placed. Our doors did not close, we have continued to take in horses, and we will continue to be here for the equines. That is what Pure Thoughts does... it is our mission. Pure Thoughts, Inc. relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to be able to continue to help the horses."

If you would like to include Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue in your next event, please contact Jennifer Swanson at 561-254-0415, Jennifer@PureThoughtsHorseRescue.com.

Pure Thoughts, Inc.

Horse & Foal Rescue

19181 Capet Creek

Loxahatchee, FL 33470




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