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September 16, 2019
EQUUS Foundation Announces 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award Recipients

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. Five EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities received a $500 cash award and a $500 gift card for Platinum Performance products to be used by the charity for the care of one of their horses. In addition, another five horses received $250 gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine, and 10 horses received gift cards for a bucket Platinum Performance Equine.

Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award

We are truly honored to support the EQUUS Foundation and the incredible work that they do to keep America's horses safe with purposeful lives and loving homes. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. We celebrate all the deserving applicants for their complete transparency and wonderful effort in protecting horses and appreciating the impact they have on each of us," said Emily Smith, MS, Platinum Performance.

"We are so proud to be associated with Platinum Performance," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. "The Platinum Performance Awards program is really special because it benefits specific horses. It's wonderful to be able to provide comfort to horses being rehabilitated by charities that are making them ready for their next homes and charities that are partnering with horses to improve the well-being of people."

Only those charities that undergo the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process and receive the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation.

Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award
Percheron Cross born 1997
H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue
When animal control persuaded Caroline's owner to surrender Caroline to H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue approximately 1.5 years ago, she was thin and depressed, with hooves that desperately needed attention. She was a 2.5 on the Henneke scale. Her pasture mate had died from neglect in the pasture, next to her.

Since coming to H.O.P.E., Caroline has blossomed. She has gained weight and her true personality has bloomed. Caroline will greatly benefit from Platinum Performance products as she has been diagnosed with Cushing's (PPID), heaves due to allergies, and has some arthritis due to her age. Read more about Caroline here.

Grade born 1987
Drifter's Hearts of Hope
Dunny came to Drifter's Hearts of Hope from a partner dude ranch where he spent his life teaching kids how to ride. A tried and true partner on the trail, he was beloved by the ranch's guests. He is as kind as can be, and always a fan of being brushed and pet. The dude ranch knew that Dunny needed the kind of dedicated rehabilitation that Drifter's Hearts of Hope can provide.

Platinum Performance products will help Dunny gain and maintain a healthy weight so that he will be able to be evaluated and hopefully listed for adoption. Read more about Dunny here.

POA Pony born 2014
Gerda's Equine Rescue, Inc.
Jade came to Gerda's Equine Rescue two years ago with his mother Pearl. Both had balance issues due to a severe vitamin E deficiency. After several months of Vitamin E supplements, both their levels started to increase and their balance issues disappeared. Since then Pearl has found a wonderful home and Jade is still waiting to find his perfect person. Jade will need to be on supplements for the rest of his life and will greatly benefit from Platinum Performance products. He is a wonderful trail horse and no one can resist his mustache and goofy personality! Read more about Jade here.

Norwegian Fjord born 1991
NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center (NWTRC)
Kleng began his career as a therapeutic horse when he was just four years old in 1995. After more than a decade as the backbone of the NWTRC's adaptive riding program, in 2010 he showed signs of colic. After surviving two surgeries and later a diagnosis of Cushing's disease, Kleng remains the go-to lesson horse for people of all abilities. As an older horse, his feed and supplements are vital to him continuing to work in a job that he loves and was born to do. Read more about Kleng here.

No Refunds
No Refunds (Nora)
Thoroughbred born 2016
Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc.
Nora retired from racing at the age of three years old with chips in her knee - having earned over $100,000. After her last race in 2019, she was donated to Thoroughbred Placement Resources where she was assessed as a wonderful candidate for surgery and rehabilitation. Platinum Performance products will provide the nutrients needed for Nora to finish growing while she rehabilitates and made ready for her next chapter. Read more about No Refunds here.

Runner-Up Recipients
The following five horses will receive $250 gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine. Read about these wonderful horses by clicking on their names.

Dun Mess With Cee - Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
Elsie - Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program
Lacey - Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center
Laucha - Great and Small
Pines Blondy Dude - Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.

Honorable Mention
The following ten horses will receive gift cards for a bucket Platinum Performance Equine. Read about these wonderful horses by clicking on their names.

Amiga - Ride On St. Louis
Butters - Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
Heisenburg - Horse Feathers Equine Center Inc.
Lou Dillon - Hanaeleh
Me And My Shadow - RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center
Melody - Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
Myrell - Mane Stream, Inc.
Peter - G.A.I.T. Inc.
Ransom - Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Star - Horse Helpers, Inc.

View all the Platinum Performance Horse Welfare
Award Recipients here

ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: equusfoundation.org.

ABOUT PLATINUM PERFORMANCE: Platinum Performance believes in the power of nutrition and supplementation and is committed to providing formulas that produce superior results. Over the past several decades, Platinum has continued to research the role of nutrition in animal health and remains committed to providing veterinarians, owners and trainers with the nutritional tools they need to benefit from cutting edge nutrition. Animal Health is the Platinum Performance Mission, and we look forward to helping you NOURISH YOUR PASSION. For more information, visit www.platinumperformance.com.