The Foundation for the Horse, which in 2020 initiated its first-ever campaign “Taking the Lead – The Campaign for the Horse,” has announced $11.4 million in campaign gifts and commitments, surpassing its $10 million goal.

The announcement was made during the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The three-year campaign concludes on December 31.

Appealing to everyone who cares about the health and well-being of the world’s horses, the campaign’s priorities are equine medical research, scholarships for veterinary students, and programs for horses at risk of abandonment, neglect, infectious disease, or in need of urgent medical care.

Chaired by Dr. Monty McInturff, founding partner and president of Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., the campaign launched quietly in January 2020 and announced its $10 million aspirations publicly in December 2021 with $6.8 million committed at that time.

The success of the campaign will grow The Foundation’s ability to provide scholarships and grants exponentially, touching more equines and people who care for them in meaningful ways.

“This is our way of giving back to the horse,” said Dr. McInturff. “It’s horse doctors, horse owners, and industry organizations going above and beyond for the welfare of horses. Donors and those who love the horse have made this possible. Equine veterinarians have been making this possible through The Foundation for going on 29 years.”

Foundation Chair Dr. Rick Mitchell, co-founder and partner-owner of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., stated, “This is what we’re all about—providing resources so that students become first-rate equine veterinarians, researchers improve the practice of equine medicine, and programs help horses in times of urgent need. It is our duty to serve the medical needs of the horse, and no other organization does what we do.”

Those interested in helping The Foundation significantly expand its impact around the world in support of its mission to improve the welfare of the horse can still support the campaign through a year-end gift online at

About The Foundation for the Horse

Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse through Education, Research, and help for Horses at Risk. It is governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders. In 2022, and for the second consecutive year, The Foundation awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to impact equine health and well-being throughout the U.S. and developing countries. To learn more, visit

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Publish Date

December 1, 2022

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