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Four Pure Spanish Horses Awarded to Essay Winners

Albuquerque, New Mexico -- The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse announced the winning authors in their annual Essay Contest. The 2008 essays were so extraordinary that the judges decided that the original prize (one horse to the best essay) should be expanded to provide a reward to the four winning authors.

In the Youth Division (ages 15 and under), there were two winners, each of whom was awarded a Pure Spanish mare. The first winner is Ariella Mostov of San Francisco, California, who wrote of a Pura Raza Española (P.R.E.) mare who was noble and compassionate, showing with her love how people should be treated. Ariella wrote: “A P.R.E. is not just a breed of horse; it’s the example of what a horse should be.”

The second youth winner is Mishaal Hassan of Houston, Texas, who wrote the story of how a P.R.E. horse brought friends together and helped one girl regain her confidence. Mishaal showed how caring and humor, together with the great personality of the P.R.E. horse, again proved that there is no horse like a P.R.E.

In the adult category, the first winner of a P.R.E. mare was Hannah Rivard of Arlington, Minnesota. Hannah wrote movingly of a farm where horses help troubled youth, and of one particular young woman who finds her heart opened again to love by a P.R.E. mare.

And the final winner in the adult category is Pam Hines of Tyler, Texas, whose story was not fiction, but rather the true story of the incredible impact a P.R.E. filly had on the life of one autistic child.

The winners were called on December 24, and Barbara Clark, the Executive Director who had the pleasure of announcing the judges’ decision to the winners, told of tears, of joy, of disbelief, and of excitement about how soon the mares could be brought to their new homes.

“We were staggered by the high quality of the essays and by the emotion that was felt by reading each of the stories. Our judges were thrilled that the spirit, the nature, and the nobility of our breed could be captured so well by the authors. The Foundation hopes that next year will produce similarly talented authors as we continue expanding our P.R.E. family,” Barbara Clark reported.

These stories will be published in the magazine of The Foundation, “The P.R.E., The Spanish Horse” in upcoming issues. Additionally, they will be available on The Foundation’s website: http://www.prehorse.org.

For more information about this contest and to see the rules for the 2009 contest, visit The Foundation’s website: http://www.prehorse.org where details are available.


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