Flooding across Colorado in September has left at least seven people dead, caused as much as $100 million dollars in damage, and destroyed thousands of homes and farms. Many horses have been displaced or are stranded across 4,500 square miles of flood-ravaged terrain.
This area is densely populated with horses, including many large breeding and training facilities all along the Front Range. Hay and feed are being airlifted to hundreds of stranded farm owners and delivered to hundreds more in dire need of feed for their horses.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation is asking fellow horse owners and horse lovers to help out by donating to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund. This fund was established with the goal of delivering aid in the most effective manner possible.
“It is important to understand this fund is a dollar in and a dollar out,” said USEF CEO John Long. “Nothing is withheld.”
Originated during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was formed to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of horses during trying times. Money donated to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund is used to prepare for disasters and assists any breed of equines that are victims of disasters, including but not restricted to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and fires. The USEF holds money donated to the fund in an account restricted for this purpose, and funds can only be disbursed upon the authorization of the USEF Chief Executive Officer.
Donations may be made online at www.usef.org by going to www.usef.org/_AUAIFrames/DisasterRelief/DisasterRelief.aspx.
If you wish to contribute by check, please make it out to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to: The United States Equestrian Federation, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.