Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Horses on the Hill Day & Horse and Owner of the Day

Today is Horses on the Hill day and time to call Congress on behalf of America's Horses - Help End Horse Slaughter! Visit http://www.horsesonthehill.org/ for more info. Please call and cross post!
As horse advocates come to the US Capitol Hill today to show their support for H.R. 503 and S. 727, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, it is important for those unable to join us call their elected officials. Please follow the information below to make your three calls. Be sure to share this information with everyone you know so they can be heard. A call, an email and a visit all make a tremendous difference. Thank you! For more on horse slaughter and how to help visit http://www.every5minutes.org/.
Date: July 14, 2009
Time: 10am – 5pm
Number: Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your two US Senators and US Representative’s offices just ask to be connected to your two U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative. They’ll ask for your address and connect you. Its super easy! Your 30-second phone calls urging your legislators to “please support H.R. 503 and S. 727 to protect horses from slaughter” are critical.

Rescued (Retired Actually) Horse and Owner of the Day--- J J Bob and Ruth

The latest featured horse's story is a bit different, JJ Bob is a registered Paint (his sire was an Appaloosa and the dam was a Thoroughbred). Ruth says that she sold her jumper to claim JJ Bob off the track so she could retire him at the end of the fair season in Northern California. JJ Bob's first job after retirement was to become a pony horse at the track at Golden Gate Fields.

After Ruth left the track JJ Bob was trained to learn to participate in pole bending and barrel racing. JJ Bob was so talented he became triple A rated in both events. Ruth went on to become involved with cowboy mounted shooting and she and JJ Bob have won state, regionals,nationals and a world championship!

Prior to Ruth claiming him, as a race horse he was 2yr champion and Horse of the Year for Appalossa's in 1992. JJ Bob equaled the world record for a 1/4 mile in his 1st start as a 2yr. and holds the 4 1/2furlong track record at Vallejo. JJ Bob had 50 starts, 19 wins, 7 seconds, and 3 thirds and earned $ 125,065 during his career from 1992-1997.

Now that is what I call a race horse and a wonderful friend and find! Thank you Ruth for sharing your story.

There are many more JJ Bob's out there that can do many jobs or activities off the race track. Please contact your local equine retirement facility to see what you can do to help by volunteering, sponsoring, fostering or adopting a former race horse.

You will never regret it!

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