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Horse Expo nets large donation for HIHS


The 6th annual Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo concluded Aug. 11. Through the generosity of sponsors, attendees and expo producer Nancy Jones, Hawaii Horse Expo netted a donation of more than $15,000 to the HIHS Horse Rescue Fund.

The event also benefited Paniolo Preservation Society which saw continued improvements made to Pukalani Stables, carried out by Horse Expo organizers.

“Even with a few weather challenges and these difficult economic times we are so impressed with the continued support of Hawaii Horse Expo,” Jones said. “New sponsors, returning sponsors and record attendance helped drive results to our bottom line.”

Hawaii Horse Expo is an opportunity for horse owners and enthusiasts to learn from world-renowned experts, most of whom would otherwise only be seen at expos on the mainland.

“We know that education promotes understanding and so our goal is to reach as many individuals as we can to help them realize the importance of responsible horse care and ownership,” Jones said.

Hawaii Island Humane Society has already rescued 14 unwanted horses this year. Each animal requires extensive evaluation, veterinary care, nourishing feed and perhaps most of all, care and attention. The Horse Rescue Fund helps offset some of the costs associated with these rescues.

Over the past six years funds raised during Hawaii Horse Expo for the HIHS Horse Rescue Fund has totaled more than $70,000. The money has literally meant the difference between life and death for 125 horses.

Horse Rescue Funds have also been used to build a first class equine holding facility at Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Waimea Shelter. Staff has developed a well-devised protocol for equine evaluation and post rescue care resulting in one of the best equine rescue programs in the nation.

A proclamation read and presented at this year’s expo from Gov. Neil Abercrombie attested to the good work that results from Hawaii Horse Expo proceeds.

Hawaii Horse Expo also included the presentation of the 4th annual Mana Award by HIHS and Veterinary Associates to Edwin Nobriga and Wallie Kimura-Nobriga in recognition of their dedication to the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association.

Hawaii Horse Expo clinicians and presenters included Dr. Brady Bergin, David Bodin, Lester Buckley, Sharon Camarillo, Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh, Rick Lamb, Elizabeth Mason, Dr. Robert Miller, Dale Myler, Charles Wilhelm, Solomon Singer, and Dr. Lisa Wood.

Sponsors of the 6th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo included AK Ranch and Hawaii Lowline Cattle Co., Aloha Auto Group, Dr. Harm De Blij, Henry Dallal Photography, Malama Lio-The Hawaii Horse Journal, Pony Express Mail Services, Kapaau Veterinary Center, and Dr. Jan Ellison.

Plans will be announced soon for the 2014 expo.

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