Taylor Kleba (left), Zoetis equine specialist in Wisconsin, presents Susan Wellman, the American Standardbred Adoption Program director, with the $5,000 donation from Zoetis. The equine charity was nominated by Taylor Rietveld.
Photo: Courtesy Zoetis
The American Standardbred Adoption Program (ASAP) is the grand-prize winner in the Zoetis Equine Charity Sweepstakes.
The De Soto, Wisconsin-based charity received a $5,000 donation from Zoetis on behalf of Taylor Rietveld, a third-year veterinary medical student at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Rietveld nominated ASAP while attending the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention.
“This was my first time attending the AAEP Annual Convention, and it was certainly memorable,” Rietveld said. “I knew instantly that I would nominate those working to find new beginnings for Standardbred horses following their racing careers. I grew up in the Midwest raising and racing Standardbreds, so I know firsthand how great this breed is. I’m extremely excited to be able to give back to the horses that helped spark my passion for veterinary medicine.”
Founded in 1994, the ASAP works to find new beginnings for approximately 100 former Standardbred racing horses per year. The program intakes donated horses, matches them with adoptive homes, and provides horses with health and nutritional support until adoption. Once placed, the ASAP continues to track the horse’s health and well-being for the duration of his or her life through required annual veterinary wellness appointments.
In addition to placing horses for new careers, the ASAP also works to expose and connect youth to horses by working with local schools and youth organizations. ASAP-sponsored youth programs focus on youths at risk and with disabilities, offering their facilities for community service or schooling involving horsemanship, riding, or driving.
“We take great pride in helping these horses and showcasing the Standardbred’s versatility. It’s entirely a volunteer effort, so to be nominated and receive this financial support is very gratifying,” said ASAP Director Susan Wellman. “We are so appreciative of the support Zoetis has provided and will use these funds to help more horses find new beginnings.”
Sally Amtmann, senior equine marketing manager for Zoetis, added, “Zoetis is committed to working together with veterinarians, horse owners, and equine professionals to help improve health and wellness for all horses. We are pleased to extend our support to provide resources for the American Standardbred Adoption Program to assist in managing the horses in their care.”
Building on a six-decade history and a singular focus in animal health, Zoetis is a proud educational partner of the AAEP, the American Horse Council, and the American Quarter Horse Association, as well as a supporter of Time to Ride, The Right Horse Initiative, and many other equine community activities.
The Zoetis Equine Charity Sweepstakes took place at the 2017 AAEP Convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas. Convention attendees nominated the equine 501(c)(3) charity of their choice at the Zoetis booth, and one grand-prize winner was drawn at random following the show.