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Today’s honoree: ASPCA’s Help a Horse Home Equine Adoption Challenge.

Every Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to spotlight an individual or organization doing good work in the horse world. Today’s honoree: ASPCA’s Help a Horse Home Equine Adoption Challenge.

The ASPCA’s annual Help a Horse Home Equine Adoption Challenge has opened registration. The contest — formerly known as Help a Horse Day — encourages equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries to creatively increase their adoptions of horses during a two-month period. In 2018, participating organizations adopted out more than a thousand horses during the Help a Horse contest.

New for 2019, the contest has been opened up to include four divisions and more ways for participating organizations to win, with prizes totaling $150,000 in grant funding. The biggest increase in adoptions compared to the previous year will be rewarded, with any US-based 501(c)(3) organization eligible to participate.

Registration closes on Thursday, April 4 at 5:00 PM EST, and the 2019 Help a Horse Home Challenge kicks off on April 26. The date honors the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment, which took place on April 26, 1866 when ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse.

For more information, please visit and to encourage your favorite rescue to apply.

About the ASPCA: Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected]. Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.

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