Please Hay It Forward during the months of August and September 2013 and at the Hampton Classic Horse Show! Download our flyer [PDF] and learn how to help us help local hungry horses.
What is it?
Originally a concept of top rider and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg, who believed the horse show community should give back to at-risk horses in need, this project launched in 2013 during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, in collaboration with Equestrian Sport Productions and Gold Coast Feed. It’s a supplemental program to the ASPCA Hay Bale Out, which helps feed hungry horses across the country through lifesaving grants.
The ASPCA Hay It Forward Project partners with select horse shows and select local feed and supply stores to set up and account and collect donations for local, rescued horses in need. Once the collection days are over, the ASPCA will choose local equine rescue groups to receive the donations at the feed store, which can be used for feed, hay or farm supplies, depending on the need of the groups. The number of groups assisted depends on the amount of funds collected.
How does it work?
For a limited time during a select horse show or equine event, anyone wishing to help supply local horse rescue groups with much-needed hay, feed or supplies can make a cash or credit card donation to the official, designated feed store where the ASPCA will have set up an account. Trainers, barn managers, riders, grooms, owners or any fan of horses or animal welfare who wishes to help are all welcome and encouraged to make a donation of any size—all you have to do is call the feed store or stop by and Hay It Forward in person! Equine Rescue groups need all the help they can get, so every amount matters!
Participating Shows and Feed Stores:
The Hampton Classic Horse Show, Bridgehampton, Long Island, NY Neptune Feed:
4195 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY 11933
*This program is active August 1-September 30, 2013 and will be taking donations for Long Island equine rescue groups.
Equestrian Sport Productions and the Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington, Florida Gold Coast Feed:
13501 Southshore Blvd # 101
Wellington, FL 33414
Phone: (561) 793-4607
*This program takes place during the Winter Season (January-March) and is currently not accepting donations. Please check back during Winter, 2013/14.
Is there really a need for donated hay?
Yes! Now more than ever. The cost of hay has quickly risen as much as 300% in some parts of the country due to poor economy, drought and wildfires. Horse rescue groups struggle to feed their rescues and are in desperate need of supplemental hay as well as donations. Every horse is only one unfortunate sale away from winding up at slaughter, or in a life of abuse and neglect, regardless of age, breed, size or talent.
What else can I do to help horses in my area and elsewhere?
- Advocate and be a voice for horses! Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and sign on to tell Government Representatives to step up and help horses.
- Learn more about the issues.
- Give to horses in need.
- Adopt your next horse instead of buying or breeding!
- Don't let YOUR horse enter the cycle of horses at risk for slaughter. Please be a responsible owner and care about your horse's future. Make sure you remain your horse's voice and advocate at all stages of his or her life!
- If you are a horse rescue group, please apply for funding at ASPCA Pro.
Together we can help more horses jump for joy!