Tickets on Sale Now for "Night with Mid America Horse Rescue", Funds Generated Will Help Rescue, Rehabilitate and Retrain Ex-racehorses to Serve People in Need

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“A Night with Mid America Horse Rescue” provides an opportunity for equine enthusiasts to help in the rescue and rehabilitation of ex-racehorses to serve the greater community.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Mid America Horse Rescue (MAHR) invites fellow equine enthusiasts and animal welfare advocates to its inaugural fundraising event, “A Night with Mid America Horse Rescue.”

Funds generated will go directly to feeding and supporting rescued Thoroughbreds, who are undergoing equine assisted therapy training to serve people in need.

Tickets are $75 a person, and are available for purchase before Thursday, Nov. 3, at http://midamericahorserescue.eventbrite.com. Attendees will be treated to an open bar and hors d'oeuvres at Morgan Street Brewery on Laclede’s Landing from 7 to 10 p.m.

Ideally timed just a week after the Breeders Cup Classic, the culmination of racing season, “A Night with Mid America Horse Rescue” provides an opportunity for equine enthusiasts to help in the rescue and rehabilitation of ex-racehorses to serve the greater community. Although horse racing is a thriving American sport and pastime, nothing protects the lives of these noble creatures once they stop winning. MAHR rescues these horses who are not fortunate enough to have aftercare programs in place.

In addition, MAHR recently launched new therapy programs in collaboration with Arise Equine Therapy. During the event, Fran Natoli, founder and program director of Arise Equine Therapy, will share how horses can improve the lives of children and adults who are mentally and physically challenged. Attendees will be among the first to hear how these services will benefit the community in the coming year.

“The most important need we see right now is to support these horses that have so much more to give,” said Margo Sutter, president and founder of MAHR. “Many of them are thriving, loving animals less than ten years old. By raising funds to provide them with the food, shelter and retraining that they deserve, the affects of the proceeds generated by this event will be far-reaching – beyond the welfare of these Thoroughbreds and into society at large.”

Equine assisted therapy helps integrate those with disabilities into mainstream society and helps prepare them to lead healthy and productive lives.

“Working with and riding horses is a proven therapeutic method used to improve the lives of children and adults who are mentally and physically challenged,” said Natoli. “Horses are naturally intuitive animals, they mirror people’s emotions. Through treatment, patients often develop awareness on a deeper level, as well as confidence, trust, patience and self-esteem.”

Also speaking at the event will be Alex Brown, author of Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and his Legacy. Brown has brought national awareness to horse welfare through the legacy of Barbaro, the racehorse who fought for his life after his Kentucky Derby win. Together with MAHR, Brown hopes to raise enough money to feed these former champions. Without resources for food, therapy cannot continue.

Join Brown, Natoli and MAHR, and support the cause by purchasing tickets to the event at http://midamericahorserescue.eventbrite.com. (Please see the invitation for complete event details.) All proceeds will go directly to rescued Thoroughbreds, who are desperately in need of funding for food.

Attendees will be treated to an open bar featuring handcrafted beer, wine and mixed drinks, and an array of appetizers including juicy beef tenderloin and ribs with orange habanero barbecue glaze, cracked wheat salad with grilled vegetables, smoked turkey and white bean soup, and delectable desserts. The evening will also include raffle and auction opportunities.

About Mid America Horse Rescue:
Mid America Horse Rescue, a non-profit organization based in Millstadt, Ill., was founded in 2008 to fill a void in the horse racing industry. The group rescues, rehabilitates and retrains ex-racehorses for adoption, or for therapy programs to serve people in need. The organization also assists the racing industry by encouraging the development of retirement funds to support horses after their racing career is finished (often retired at only four-years-old). The facility currently cares for about 50 Thoroughbreds – with needs ranging from training and complex medical care, to simply love. It is one of only 13 licensed equine rescue facilities in Illinois, and the southern-most facility in the U.S. We need financial support in order to continue operating the rescue and shelter facilities.
Please join our mission at http://www.midamericahorserescue.org.

Editors Note: Please contact Kristin Gumper at kristin.gumper(at)yahoo(dot)com or (314) 630.5459 for photography of the rescued Thoroughbreds.

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