Giving Tuesday

Hello everyone.

It’s Giving Tuesday. Our heart went out for the horses mentioned in this tweet by Neigh Savers.

Neigh Savers is a non-profit organization that rehabs, retrains and rehomes off the track thoroughbreds.

The number of starts, even if it is over a period of 10 years. Heartbreaking. Thank God they are in a good place now where they can live out their lives just being horses.

If you are contemplating donating to a horse cause this Giving Tuesday, please consider Neigh Savers. Their mission is:

” . . . to help another worthy candidate who deserves a compassionate retirement. All funds from the 2019 Giving Tuesday fundraising will be dedicated to help get another war horse off the track.”

Go to their donation page here »

OTHER NEWS

In other news, we are relocating our website to WordPress, the home of The Horse Fund’s blog, Tuesday’s Horse. WordPress delivers excellence in every area and we are thrilled we are finally tackling such a big move. It is taking a lot of man hours. We should be done by the end of December. Hooray!

If you wish to donate to us this Giving Tuesday, hop over to our new site’s donation page. Take a look around while you are there if you have time to. We are about 3/4’s of the way through. It’s going to be gorgeous!

Why all the changes? You know Mrs. Farrell by now. That woman never stands still. She is always recalibrating everything with a view to doing things bigger, smarter, better and faster for the horses we love and for whom we want to do everything we possibly can. Speaking of which, we are putting some exciting campaigns together for 2020 that we hope you will feel extra motivated to help with.

Thank you for being with us for another year and supporting our work.

Warm regards,
THE HORSE FUND

 

FBI questions Christine Quinn, probes NY mayor’s flip flop on carriage horse ban

A horse is led down the ramp at the West Side Stables in New York City. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)
A horse is led down the ramp at the West Side Stables in New York City. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

This is New York politics at its worst or best, depending on your view.

In this instancce it is a case of who funded who in the New York City mayoral race and why, and what carriage horses have to do with it.

Mayor de Blasio promised to ban carriage horses in the city if he won. Well, he won, but hasn’t made any significant move in that direction, from what we can see. It wouldn’t be the first time a campaign promise was broken that’s for sure. But that’s about the only thing we can say for sure.

The carriage horse issue in New York City has become a hotbed of intrigue and “he said, she said” involving animal rights groups, anti-animal rights groups, union forces and celebrities. Most notable among the celebrities is Liam Neeson with the able assistance of the New York Daily News who are running a save our carriage horses campaign. Anything to make headlines to generate traffic and revenue, which this carriage horse issue certainly is.

The latest is this:

The FBI questioned ex-Council Speaker Christine Quinn in its probe of alleged carriage horse conniving during last year’s mayoral race, the Daily News has learned.

“Former front-runner Quinn, a loser to Mayor de Blasio in the Democratic primary, was undermined by a well-funded group after she refused to back a ban on the horse-drawn tourist attractions.

“Agents spoke with Quinn and at least four others, focusing on the funding of the anti-Quinn effort and why her chief rival, de Blasio, reversed his position and supported a ban.

“Agents have zeroed in on $225,000 donated to NYCLASS by a union run by de Blasio’s cousin, John Wilhelm, and a key de Blasio fund-raiser, lawyer Jay Eisenhoffer, several sources familiar with the matter told The News.”

Insofar as the flip flop, it appears that de Blasio is searching for a way to get the job done by trying to get the City Council to deal with it. The Mayor doesn’t seem to be exactly on fire about it, but he might have other priorities or perhaps he is just waiting for the issue to die down a bit. Fat chance of that happening any time soon with the News constantly fanning the flames.

By the way, the News also mentioned that “De Blasio, asked Saturday about the investigation, denied that the feds were looking at him.” The News insist in their reports that the feds are looking at de Blasio too.

In the meantime, the carriage horse trade continues, business as usual. And so does the situation of the horses, who seem to be the least considered aspect of it all except when it can be used as a convenient tool.

Read full Daily News report >>