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Pair to be honored for work protecting horses

Victoria McCullough making her momentous announcement at the 2012 American Equine Summit to take on the horse slaughter issue.

Victoria McCullough making her momentous announcement at the 2012 American Equine Summit to take on the horse slaughter issue.

Two people who have pushed to make the world a better place for horses will be honoured for their work at the Equine Advocates 13th Annual Awards Dinner next month, in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Victoria McCullough, international equestrian, philanthropist and the owner of Chesapeake Petroleum, and Team Valor’s Barry Irwin, owner of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, will be honored at the awards dinner and charity auction on Friday, July 25 at Fasig-Tipton.

McCullough will receive the Safe Home Equine Protection Award for her work to end the slaughter of America’s horses. Her meetings with vice-president Joe Biden and other members of the Executive Branch led to Biden adding language defunding horse slaughter in the United States to the 2014 Omnibus Bill which President Obama signed on January 17th.

“If anyone deserves to be honored for outstanding achievements to protect horses, it is Victoria McCullough,” said Equine Advocates President Susan Wagner.

“She has accomplished what no one has ever done by gaining the support of the administration against horse slaughter which is opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Victoria gathered the science and the facts to prove how slaughtering horses for food is unethical because it is toxic and a serious threat to human health and food safety. Thanks to Victoria’s continuing dedication and generosity I believe we are now on our way to reaching the ultimate goal of a permanent federal ban of horse slaughter.”

Barry Irwin, owner of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom.

Barry Irwin, owner of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom.

Barry Irwin will receive the Ellen and Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for his work to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in race horses on raceday. He has been one of the most outspoken and eloquent voices in the nation calling for the end of this practice in horse racing.

“Barry Irwin has been a positive force in our industry for many years,” said Ellen and Herb Moelis in a joint statement.

“Team Valor, which Barry founded, has been at the pinnacle of our industry. He has managed the career of one of the most interesting horses of our time – Animal Kingdom. His passion for the integrity of our sport has been exemplary. We are proud that Barry will be the recipient of the 2014 Moelis Equine Savior Award by Equine Advocates.”

The Moelis’s co-founded the Thoroughbred Charities of America with the late Allaire du Pont and were honored by Equine Advocates in 2002 for their strong support of equine rescue.

The event on July 25 also includes live and silent auctions and dancing. All proceeds will benefit Equine Advocates Horse Rescue, Sanctuary and Humane Education programs.

General tickets are $250. For more information, call (518) 245-1599, or email  info@equineadvocates.org

www.equineadvocates.org

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