Behind every aspiring champion there is always an unsung hero. The one who gets it done in the home, in the yard…. or in the feed. For over 30 years, Alltech has been the unsung hero behind many of the world’s top horse feeds and supplements. As the unrecognized experts in equine digestive health, we salute you all.
For Alltech the “Equine Hero” is the caring, hardworking, under-recognised horse lover, the individual who goes the extra mile to help their peers or family enjoy the fruits of their horsey endeavours – these heroes are all around us - the farrier who endures chronic backache to continue his craft; the mother who plaits and prepares show ponies at 6am; the yard rider who’s on the gallops at 5am rain, hail or shine; the father who gives up his Saturday afternoon to transport children to riding lessons; the rescue volunteer who provides comfort to neglected horses – and many others like them. Our goal is to identify and celebrate the Unsung Heroes of the Equine Community around the world.
Please nominate your own Equine Hero and show others in our community how much you appreciate their efforts.
The Cart Project is an initiative of students majoring in Medical Veterinary, Animal Science and Feed Engineering of USP (University of São Paulo). Once a month, on Saturday mornings, these unsung heroes dedicate their time to offer clinical treatment, diagnostic imaging, hoof trimming, and preventive services such as vaccines and awareness of parasites, all free of charge! The program receives support from companies who supply medicine for the treatments. Guided by the students, the cart workers are given hints on the well being and care of the horses. The project has also a telephone number on duty that the cart workers can call for any emergencies.
Jan spontaneously bought a pony for his daughter to ride when she was just 4 years old. He had never expected that 25 years later, she would still be riding. Jan has given 25 years of horse care and continues to be so committed to the horses and his daughter’s hobby. While his daughter was growing up, Jan took care of everything from mucking out stables to pasture maintenance to feeding and providing tack, to driving her to riding lessons and he still continues to drive her to competitions.
This month the Equine Hero prize has been awarded in memory of Mckenna Johnson from Tennessee, who recently passed away. Mckenna took part in eventing and was an active member of the Stones River Pony Club. Her horse Quincy was her pride and joy and Mckenna constantly worked hard to improve her riding and scores in competition. Mckenna had struggled with a rare disease all of her life, but not once did she complain. She smiled no matter what, even in the middle of her dressage test, she was truly happy at all times.
Felicity Wells from the UK has been recognised as an Equine Hero for her amazing work in supporting para-dressage rider Amanda Shirtcliffe. Amanda became disabled last year and was no longer able to ride or care for her own horses. But she then met Felicity, who selflessly helped her get back in the saddle through coaching, providing her with a horse to ride, driving her to shows, grooming for her and helping her to win national championships.
Colleen Gorman has been recognised as an Equine Hero; Colleen teaches horse riding lessons, but Colleen studied Equestrian Science at the University of Findley in Ohio, and she spends her days sharing her passion and love for horses through teaching horse riding lessons and managing barns in the Midwest and Florida. Nobody would know it but Colleen suffers from severe scoliosis and although the curve in her spine doesn’t warrant surgery, it does require daily pain management and sometimes prevents her from riding. She never complains and always gives 150% no matter how much pain she is in. She has an amazing attitude and is an inspiration to those around her.
We are delighted to announce Carrie Young from Ohana Rescue in Florida as an Equine Hero – her work at has truly impacted the lives of so many horses and people. Carrie and her team provide unwanted, neglected and abused horses with love, food, shelter, and appropriate medical attention. Ohana Horse Rescue gives horses in need a safe home to go to recover, rehabilitate or for just a little training! They also find new approved homes for horses and offer educational support to new owners on the needs and special care required by these animals.