Announcing the Winners of the 2019 ASPCA Help a Horse Home Challenge

August 29, 2019

The ASPCA is thrilled to announce the winners of our annual Help a Horse HomeSM: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge, which is designed to increase adoptions of equines around the country. More than 170 equine rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries representing 41 states competed in this year’s challenge to win grant funding totaling $150,000, along with other prizes.

During the two-month challenge, participating groups collectively found homes for more than 1,500 equines. While that number alone is inspiring, groups increased their adoptions on average by an astounding 56% compared to the same time period last year. 

“The ASPCA is committed to supporting the many groups around the country working tirelessly to help more horses find loving homes, and the ASPCA Help a Horse Home Challenge provides an effective way for these dedicated groups to reach more potential equine adopters,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, Vice President of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “We are in awe of the innovative and thoughtful ways this year’s contestants found more homes for horses, and we look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to save more lives.”

The 12 winning Help a Horse Home groups include: 

Grand Prize ($35,000)

  • Yavapai Humane Society (Chino Valley, AZ)

Division D

  • 1st Prize ($25,000): New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (Lexington, KY)
  • 2nd Prize ($15,000): Dumb Friends League (Denver, CO)

Division C 

  • 1st Prize ($20,000): This Old Horse (Hastings, MN)
  • 2nd Prize ($10,000): Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue (Afton, VA)

Division B

  • 1st Prize ($15,000): Morgan Safenet Foundation (Midlothian, TX)
  • 2nd Prize ($5,000):M&M Acres NFP (Lockport, IL)

Division A

  • 1st Prize ($7,500): Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance (Wingate, NC)
  • 2nd Prize TIE ($1,250): Asheville Humane Society (Asheville, NC)
  • 2nd Prize TIE ($1,250): Owl Hollow Farm (Lone Jack, MO)

Hoofy Awards: Best Use of Social Media ($5,000)

  • Humane Society of North Texas (Forth Worth, TX)
  • The Foxie G Foundation (Union Bridge, MD)
  • New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (Lexington, KY)

The success of Help a Horse Home was bolstered by strong industry collaboration. This year, Zoetis US LLC generously donated its new vaccine, CORE EQ Innovator™, for every equine adopted during the two-month challenge period, Conair® provided more than $300,000 in grooming supplies to be included in prize packages, and the American Horse Council’s United Horse Coalition provided microchips for all contestants. Additionally, participants were invited to promote their equines on My Right Horse, a public listing site created by The Right Horse Initiative for equines in transition. 

The contest kicks off each year on Help a Horse Day, April 26 —a date chosen for its significance in the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. Since 2014, the ASPCA has awarded equine groups more than $550,000 in grant funding through our annual Help a Horse initiative.

We are grateful for friends and members like you who help make efforts like this possible, and help more animals live good lives. Find out more about our work to help horses in need and see how you can get involved today.