Over the coming weeks we will be doing some features on ASAP (American Standardbred Adoption Program), a “rescue” group, comprised entirely of volunteers which, in reality, is so much more than a rescue organization.
American Standardbred Adoption Program, Inc. was founded in 1994 by a small group of dedicated individuals and professionals who saw a need for a placement service for non-racing Standardbreds.
This placement service honors and serves the people and horses within the harness racing industry around the country, with special emphasis on Standardbreds in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
The American Standardbred Adoption Program also serves as a rescue facility and sanctuary for abandoned, abused, or neglected horses of all breeds, and is listed by the Humane Society of the United States as a humane equine rescue organization.
A great deal of the American Standardbred Adoption Program's efforts center around educating young people about horsemanship and harness racing.
Youth programs focus on youth at risk and youth with disabilities, offering ASAP's facilities on an ongoing basis for community service or schooling involving horsemanship and riding or driving.
This is one of the areas we will focus on in later articles.
For right now, we did want to let you know that ASAP will have some booths set up here on August 5th, Hawthorne’s first “Night of Champions”.
Susan Wellman, Director of the American Standardbred Adoption Program, will be bringing two popular retired standardbreds here ( Janimal and Lake Hills Texas - both Illinois breds ) on that night.
There will be a photographer to take pictures of fans with these horses.
The proceeds from the picture sales will go to the American Standardbred Adoption Program.
A drop box will also be set by the horses where people can place a wager on one or more of the races and donate the ticket for the agency in order to raise some more money.
This is a very important organization dealing with an extremely urgent situation. Please check out their website at www.4thehorses.com for ways that you can help right now and please join us on August 5th, get your picture taken, and support this worthwhile cause.
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