Why a safe horse auction and one-day open shelter? Because we believe horse owners have the right to sell horses that have been bred, raised and trained for companion and recreational purposes and not have them enter the slaughter pipeline. Too many good horses that would otherwise be nice riding companions that add economic value to the horse industry are being purchased for slaughter. Kill buyers are outbidding private individuals at auctions, trolling classifieds and Craigslist to purchase nice horses to sell through broker programs on Facebook. As a result, no horse is safe from slaughter. We want to change that by providing owners another option when selling their horses.
MSU’s “SaddleUp” scholarship was awarded in Starkville for academic year 2016/2017. Sydney McConnell of Brandon, daughter of Mark and Susan McConnell, received the $2,000 in ceremonies at the annual Animal and Dairy Science banquet on the MSU campus. Sydney is a junior pursuing a major in Veterinary Medicine and a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School. Pictures from left to right: Mr. James Rasberry, President of the Mississippi State Equine Association, Sydney McDonnell, Amanda Rasberry Crawford and her husband Terry Crawford from Kosciusko.
The Mississippi State Equine Association (MSEA) presented its annual donation to Mississippi State University's Extension Service 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program in January. The $10,000 check furthers MSEA's commitment to fund another endowed scholarship program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State.
The Mississippi State Equine Association is fulfilling a vision to further equine education by establishing a scholarship endowment at Mississippi State.
Since 2006, MSEA officials have worked to create the Mississippi State Equine Association Endowed Scholarship to encourage beneficial equine practices. Based in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the leadership and academic recognition award will assist animal science majors who are pursuing pre-veterinary studies.
Congratulations to the SMHA members who were high point winners at last years State of MS Horse Show. Mr. James Watts from the Mississippi State Equine Association was present at our banquet. The Mississippi State Equine Association donated ALL High Point Belt buckles for the State Show. Mr. Watts spoke to us during the meal portion of the banquet. He informed our members about MSEA and what they hope to achieve.
MSEA is a non-profit organization. Their purpose is to promote the equine industry. 100% of their funds are generated by MSEA membership, the SaddleUp vehicle license plates and by donation. All of the funds raised are put back into equine related activities/events.