Open Public Day – Saturday, August 20


Contact: Kelly Traynor
Phone: 518.392.0175 | 518.245.1599


Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary



The Media and Public Are Invited to Explore the Sanctuary

August 12, 2016 (Chatham, NY) — On Saturday, August 20th, from 11 AM to 4 PM, Equine Advocates will host an Open Day on its 140-acre equine sanctuary, at 3212 State Route 66 in the town of Chatham. The public is invited to meet over 80 horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys rescued from severe abuse, neglect, or slaughter.

Open Day visitors can embark on a self-guided tour, picnic by the pond, touch a velvety equine nose for the first time, and discover the intrinsic joy of horses. Rambling paths intertwine themed paddocks like ‘Press Corps’, ‘The Glamour Girls’, and ‘Comedy Central’. Free standing kiosks provide detailed backstories on residents and illustrate the little-known plight our horses face today. Equine Advocates Humane Education Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to become more involved with the organization’s efforts and be an active participant in speaking up for compassionate horse care.

Since 1996, Equine Advocates has promoted the humane and responsible treatment of horses. “I founded this organization with the idea that I wanted to see an end to horse slaughter. It’s what I knew I had to do once I realized what was happening,” said Susan Wagner, founder and president. In between nudges from Press Exclusive, a stakes-winning racehorse saved from slaughter, Wagner continued, “She

[Press Exclusive] must have generated about a million dollars, yet not one of those people stepped forward to give her a forever home. And that’s the tragedy of what happens to performance horses when they can’t generate a profit anymore.”

The USDA estimates that over 170,000 American horses are exported for slaughter in Canada and Mexico annually. New York’s Northway is a main thoroughfare to Canadian slaughter plants. Wagner, along with NY Assemblyman Jim Tedesco, are seeking to shut this route down through changes to public policy. “We used to say the common denominator for every aspect of the horse industry is the slaughterhouse. And, if you drew a pie chart, with the slaughterhouse in the middle, you’d have petting zoos, racing, showing, camp horses, PMU, backyard horses – they’d all end up there,” said Wagner.

Wagner believes that as the end to horse slaughter draws near, more people will take responsibility for their animals. “That’s really what we are all about,” she concluded.

Susan Kayne, Equine Care Manager at the sanctuary, adores the sanctuary’s Open Days. To her, there is nothing more gratifying than to introduce first-time visitors to the residents of the sanctuary. “I believe in true worth of horses, for who they are, not what they can do for us, and I hope to connect people to the value of horses as friends, as fellow sentient beings on this planet,” said Kayne. She has spent her entire life with horses, and maintains that her enthusiasm for them only grows with time. “If you listen,” she explained, “horses speak a language that everyone can learn to hear. Equine Advocates is the place to experience that magic, the special connection that humans have always had with equine animals.”

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About: Equine Advocates is a registered 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization committed to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of horses through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected horses.

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