Your tax-deductible donation to our 2020 Virtual Gala will go directly toward the care of the 80+ rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that reside at our 140-acre sanctuary and will allow us to help more equines in need.

Our 2020 Virtual Gala & Telethon honors Willie Nelson with the Equine Advocates 2020 Safe Home Equine Protection Award.

“Willie Nelson is a national treasure,” said Equine Advocates’ president, Susan Wagner. “He doesn’t just talk the talk, but he walks the walk. Willie not only has rescued horses directly from slaughter, but has been active in pushing for a federal ban of this repulsive practice that is opposed by the vast majority of Americans. He also has been very outspoken about this issue, resulting in greater public awareness of the cruel fate suffered by tens of thousands of wild and domestic U.S.-bred equines every year. Some of the horses Willie has rescued appear in the music video for his 2020 Grammy Award-winning performance of the song, ‘Ride Me Back Home’ which has become an instant anti-horse slaughter anthem. We are so proud to be presenting him with this humanitarian award for all he has done to protect horses from slaughter and abuse.”

» Watch ‘Ride Me Back Home’ video.

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