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Auburndale horse rescue board members attend national rescue Summit

 

Dani Horton presents to a group of horse rescue professionals at the Homes for Horses Coalition 2014 Summit in Denver, Colo.

Dani Horton presents to a group of horse rescue professionals at the Homes for Horses Coalition 2014 Summit in Denver, Colo.

July 31, 2014 – AUBURNDALE – Dani Horton and Wayne Elkins, President and Vice President of Hope Equine Rescue, are participating in the Homes for Horses Coalition 2014 Summit, in Denver, Colo., July 31 through August 1.

Upon getting starting the first day, Horton was already excited about attending. “Great first day so far,” she said. “Met with several grant organizations and learned a great deal about what they look for.”

This the only national training conference specifically for those involved with horse rescues and sanctuaries. The Summit offers the opportunity to network with equine welfare professionals from around the country, learn new skills and strategies.

On the second day, attendees will be watching a video of Jack the Morgan in training. Jack is just one of the horses currently being rehabilitated at Hope Equine Rescue. Horton will follow up by presenting to the group about what Hope Equine is doing currently with Jack.

The conference will have an interactive format with topics such as strategic planning, finding and writing grants, lobbying for 501(c)(3) organizations, changes in the equine welfare industry and what we have learned from the evolution of dog and cat rescue. Speakers include leaders from The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, Animal Welfare Institute, Denkai Animal Sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Society, Brennan Equine Welfare Fund and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

“I’m excited to meet with others who are doing the same kind of work we do,” Horton said. “It’s nice to know there is support for an organization like ours.”

Attendees will attend seminars covering strategic planning, grant writing and follow-up, lobbying and the future of horse rescues.

Hope Equine Rescue is a 501(c)3 equine rescue dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted, abused or neglected horses in the Central Florida area.