MSSPA joins Sponsor Family

The MSSPA is a new Session Sponsor

We’re thrilled to welcome the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals to the Best Horse Practices Summit family as a new Session Sponsor. This generous contribution from the MSSPA is in keeping with its dedication to elevating and educating horse owners and potential horse owners as well as improving the lives of those especially neglected or mistreated horses.

The MSSPA, based in Windham, Maine, is New England’s largest horse rescue and rehabilitation facility. Originally formed in 1872 to protect the horses who pulled Portland’s streetcars and fire engines, the Society now provides shelter services, has access to veterinary medical care, and maintains dozens of equines on its farm facilities. It’s proud of its just-completed indoor arena, which now allows for training horses and riders year-round.

Summit director Maddy Butcher worked often with the MSSPA on horse welfare concerns when living in Maine a decade ago. “By far, the MSSPA has done more for Maine horses than any other entity. I’m particularly impressed with their dedication to educating new and existing horse owners and bringing more and more volunteers into their fold,” said Butcher.

MSSPA CEO Meris Bickford

Learn more soon about visiting the MSSPA when you’re in Maine for the Summit. Their well-maintained, rural operation is open daily.

CEO Meris Bickford, a tireless advocate for horses and a 2017 BHPS attendee, had this to say about her organization’s sponsorship:

“Colorado is spectacular, but there is no place like home. Having the Best Horse Practices Summit here in Maine is a coup for horsemen throughout the Northeast. The quality of programming and the scientific aspect of its content make the Summit one of the best educational opportunities of 2019.

Whether your involvement with horses is purely pleasure or all about the business, your time and money will be well spent attending the Summit. The  Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is proud to sponsor a session of the Summit and continue its long standing collaboration with founder Maddy Butcher.”

Welcome MSSPA!

  • Julie Kenney

    I’m so thankful that MSSPA is here in Maine to provide for the unwanted horses and often finding them a new, amazing home to go to. Looking forward to seeing you at this fall’s Best Horse Practices Summit!

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