Priscilla Presley named 2014 Humane Horsewoman of the Year

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Priscilla Presley. Photo: See Li, London/ Wikimedia Commons
Priscilla Presley. Photo: See Li, London/ Wikimedia Commons

Priscilla Presley is to receive the Humane Society of the United States’ 2014 Humane Horsewoman of the Year Award.

Presley will receive the honor at the annual Wellington Equine Protection Benefit, which supports the work of the society’s equine protection program.

The award recognizes her dedication to ending the cruel practice of soring, which involves the use of chemical and mechanical irritants to inflict pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses to produce a high-stepping gait for competitions.

The society said Presley had worked tirelessly to raise awareness on the issue and lobby Congress to pass a bill outlawing the inhumane training method.

Each year, the society offers the award to an individual who shows an outstanding commitment to protect America’s horses.

The benefit coincides with the running of the $US372,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman.

The benefit will be staged in the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on March 7.

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