UPDATE II/Invitation to all COTHers: "Party with a Purpose"in NYC!
As a result of the exciting ideas and very generous offers on the current thread "My experience with the NYC carriage horses", posted by COTHer TotheMAX, I have conferred with folks in the industry, and we are very eager to offer the following:
COTH Day With the NYC Carriage Horses
ALL COTHers -- carriage industry supporters AND skeptics alike -- are invited to NYC to spend the weekend with the NYC carriage industry
The weekend would include stable tours, with a meet-and-greet with our farriers, our industry vet, equine nutritionist Renee Eck, our Teamster leader, reps from Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer, MA (the official retirement venue for the Assoc' horses), NYC Council members, reps from the NY State Horse Council, and others. We would also offer COTHers free carriage rides, and plan an evening shindig at a local hotel!
We can also facilitate visits to the stables of our urban brethren, the riding horses of NYC! Perhaps an organized ride with Kensington Stables of Brooklyn, through beautiful Prospect Park!
As suggested by COTHers in the aforementioned thread, there would be a support-the-carriage-industry demonstration at Central Park for anyone who would like to participate, to educate the public and to counter-protest the ever-present RARAs!
This weekend will be a media event! We will send out a press release to all of our media contacts to get as much exposure as possible.
It seems that April is the month so far that people are aiming for....I am floating this now to see how much interest there is, how many people think they can come, and when is good for everybody. Please, would love to hear all thoughts and suggestions!!
Last edited by michaleenflynn; Dec. 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM.
It sounds like an excellent idea! I'm driving distance, so I could definitely be there.
I think that everyone who's planning to come should pass along this information to someone who could be a convert to saving the carriage industry. Visits by the CotH folks is preaching to the choir, we'll be most effective if we can reach someone who's unaware of the far reaching effects of the carriage horse opposition.