The Foundation for the Horse announces over $10 million in support


The foundation disclosed it received $11.4 million since 2020 in campaign gifts and commitments


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The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) announced that since The Foundation for the Horse began its very first campaign, “Taking the Lead— The Campaign for the Horse,” it raised $11.4 million in campaign gifts and commitment. The money raised surpassed the campaign’s original goal of $10 million.

According to an organizational release,1 the campaign, chaired by Monty McInturff, DVM, founding partner and president of Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, launched quietly in January 2020. Then in December 2021, the campaign announced its goal of $10 million publicly with $6.8 million committed at the time of the announcement.

“This is our way of giving back to the horse,” explained McInturf, in the release.1 “It’s horse doctors, horse owners, and industry organizations going above and beyond for the welfare of horses. Donors and those who love the horse have made this possible. Equine veterinarians have been making this possible through The Foundation for going on 29 years.”

Appealing to anyone who cares about the health and well-being of horses, the campaign prioritizes medical research, scholarships for veterinary students, and programs to support horses at risk of abandonment, infectious diseases, in need of urgent care, and neglect.

“This is what we’re all about—providing resources so that students become first-rate equine veterinarians, researchers improve the practice of equine medicine, and programs help horses in times of urgent need. It is our duty to serve the medical needs of the horse, and no other organization does what we do,” expressed Rick Mitchell, DVM, DACVSMR, The Foundation for the Horse chairman, in the release.1

This announcement was made during the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas with the campaign coming to a close this month.


The Foundation for the Horse Announces $11.4 Million in Support. News release. The American Association of Equine Practitioners. December 1, 2022. Accessed December 2, 2022.

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