The Foundation for the Horse, whose mission is to improve the health and welfare of horses around the world, has announced an ambitious effort to raise $10 million over a three-year period. Begun quietly in January 2020, “Taking the Lead – The Campaign for the Horse” already has confirmed commitments of more than $6.7 million despite the challenges of a global pandemic throughout most of 2020 and into 2021.

Foundation Advisory Council Chair Dr. Rick Mitchell, Campaign Cabinet Chair Dr. Monty McInturff and Campaign Regional Chair Dr. Margo Macpherson publicly launched the campaign December 5 during the Opening Session at the AAEP’s 67th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Every dollar given, every pledge made and every estate plan documented is applied toward the goal.

“This campaign is about doing more for the horse,” said Dr. McInturff. “It is about securing the future: a future with more relief for horses at risk of abandonment or neglect; a future with more resources to help horses in the wake of natural disasters; a future with more research in pursuit of treatments and cures; and a future in which more students pursue and stay active in equine veterinary medicine. Let’s all work together to take the lead!”

The Campaign Cabinet of volunteers comprises John Chalk, Dr. Doug Corey, Dr. Rob Franklin, Jeannie Jeffery, Dr. Margo Macpherson, Dr. Monty McInturff, Dr. Rick Mitchell and Melanie S. Taylor.

From modest beginnings 27 years ago, The Foundation has evolved into a dynamic organization that, for the first time in its history, distributed more than $1 million in grants in 2021 in support of programs and projects that improve the health and well-being of horses. The generosity of campaign contributors will help ramp up support of The Foundation’s mission and further expand its impact around the world.

“I ask each of you to share your passion for the horse with those in your sphere of influence,” said Dr. Mitchell. “Tell your story about why you care and give. Help us inspire others to join us in this mission and help us secure the future.”

Those interested in making the world a better place for horses can help The Foundation achieve its $10 million goal by donating 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. Governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders, The Foundation in 2021 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 5, 2021

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