Horse welfare in spotlight during Games

October 2, 2010

A historic exhibit featuring horse welfare is to be unveiled at the Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse on Tuesday, during the World Equestrian Games.

'Angels for Horses: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' will be unveiled at the museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, by ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg. She will be joining ASPCA equine experts to officially open the exhibit with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the games, allowing the public access to artifacts that celebrate the history of horse protection in the United States, which began with the ASPCA nearly 145 years ago.

"Many people do not know this, but the ASPCA was established after its founder, Henry Bergh, witnessed the savage beating of a work horse in the streets of New York City," says Valerie Angeli, Senior Director of ASPCA Equine Events and Special Projects.

"The prestigious International Museum of the Horse is the perfect location to exhibit the ASPCA's long history of horse protection in the United States and educate the public about the needs of our nation's horses and companion animals."

John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park and President of the World Games 2010 Foundation said the US was a "better nation today because of the ASPCA's efforts on behalf of animals. The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to join them in presenting this exhibit to the world, as a reminder of the tremendous efforts and great strides that have already been made, but also as a clarion call for the work that still needs to be done to improve the lives of horses everywhere."

'Angels for Horses: The ASPCA' will remain at the International Museum of the Horse for four years and will include original artifacts from the ASPCA archives, such as:

In addition to the exhibit, the ASPCA will be hosting the following workshops for attendees of the World Equestrian Games at Education Hall in the Visitor's Center at the Kentucky Horse Park: