Nancy Koch, Executive Director of the Communication of Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses, was honored as the first recipient of the U.S. Equestrian Federation and EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award. The ceremony will take place on Jan. 16 in Louisville, Ky., at the USEF Annual Meeting.
Koch founded CANTER to help find new careers for former racehorses. The web-based program connects potential Thoroughbred buyers and sellers and has spread across the country due to the dedication and determination by Koch and CANTER volunteers.
CANTER works with veterinary equine students to provide surgery, rehabilitation and re-training for the horses. Koch worked to change opinion of former racehorses and prove they can be successful dressage, jumping and trail horses and as well as be useful for mounted police and therapeutic riding programs.
The Humanitarian Award is a celebration of the selfless dedication by a member of the equestrian community to improve horses’ health and welfare and expand the public’s appreciation of horses.