After four horses were seized from a property in Marin County, Calif., equestrians across the country have banded together to raise monetary support for the Marin Humane Society, the organization in charge of the ongoing investigation. They came together on a thread on the Chronicle forums to discuss the seizure of horses from breeder Jill Burnell and the fundraising efforts evolved from that.
Although people can donate directly to the MHS to help legal, food and veterinary expenses, Kathy St. Martin of Avalon Equine took the lead to put together an online auction to send money directly to the MHS.
Several years ago, St. Martin started the Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program to organize fundraising efforts for various causes. It raised money for students affected by the Colorado State University fires, and most recently raised funds to help a young man who experienced a stroke and needed help buying a new mobility device.
In addition to breedings to stallions owned by Avalon, items up for bid include breedings and frozen semen from other stallion owners. Other people have donated things like photography sessions, paintings, books and horse equipment.
St. Martin, who is based in the Oklahoma City area, said all of the money will go directly to the MHS. As of Jan. 15, they had raised almost $12,000.
“It’s our industry, and it’s gotten so ugly,” said St. Martin. To help MHS with its expenses, St. Martin knew she wanted to provide a space for people who wanted to help. People can bid on items, and several items close each night. St. Martin said she plans to keep the auction going for about two more weeks.
For those who would like to donate directly to the MHS, visit their donation page.