September 8, 2016 – The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has revitalized its Ambassador Program, a volunteer service involving members of the horse industry who represent the UHC at meetings nationwide to present information about the UHC and unwanted horses.
Any organization or group interested in the issue of unwanted horses, how they can help reduce the number of unwanted horses, or what it means to “Own Responsibly” can request a speaker from their area. Five, 10- and 20-minute presentations are available along with relevant literature and materials.
A core group of 25 volunteers will work to renew the conversation over the next year. If there is a larger demand for speakers, the program can expand. The original program began in 2009 and ran for three years.
“We have a very small staff at the UHC,” said Director Jennifer Purcell, “so we are grateful to the volunteers who see the importance of this issue and are willing to donate their time to share our work with other equine enthusiasts around the nation.”
If you would like to request a speaker for your upcoming event, or are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact the Unwanted Horse Coalition at 202-296-4031.
About the Unwanted Horse Coalition
The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together to educate the horse industry about the unwanted horse issue.
The UHC was a direct result of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the plight of the unwanted horse, defined as any horse no longer wanted by its current owner. Operating under the American Horse Council Foundation, the UHC provides resources to prospective owners, current owners, rehoming facilities, and industry leaders in its effort to encourage responsible ownership.