July 25, 2007

A US charity is running a "Horse Aid" event later this year to increase awareness and raise funds for the care, safety and rescue of horses.

Animal Fairy Charities is running Musical Horse Aid on September 15 at the Walworth County Fair Grounds in Southeast Wisconsin. The line-up for the day-long event lineup will range in musical styles from country, folk to rock. Featured bands include Brian Stace of Nashville, Ronnie Nyles and the Krash Band of Milwaukee, Martha Berner of Chicago, Spiral Trance, Twang Dragons, Brent Mitchell and Twisting Roses.

"Over the past several years the public has become more in tune with the needs of retired horses and have stepped up to the plate to help fund various organizations that provide our horses with a safe haven, said spokesperson Debra Lopez.

"Currently, legislation is pending that could end the slaughter of American horses. This has created a national movement to rescue horses and help fund the organizations that provide care and shelter for our horses. We must support our Equine Rescue organizations that give these horses the second chance they need," she said.

"Most can be successfully retrained for second careers as show horses, companion horses, riding horses and even therapy horses for the handicapped. Those that can not go on to a new career are able to live out their lives in peace and dignity with loving people that care for them."

Various speakers are also scheduled for Musical Horse Aid. Throughout the event a variety of items from area businesses will be donated for a fundraiser.