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Morris Animal Foundation Celebrates the Year of the Horse

Morris Animal Foundation is galloping into the Chinese New Year by celebrating the year of the horse. 

The Foundation funds the world’s most impactful science that will improve veterinary medicine for all animals, including horses. Our work is an investment in the future of animal health, and our donors and partners recognize that by supporting Morris Animal Foundation, they can leave a legacy to animals.

To help Morris Animal Foundation advance equine health, the United States Eventing Association (USEA), a nonprofit organization that promotes and advances the Olympic sport of eventing, recently unveiled a partnership with the Foundation and created the USEA Equine Research Fund. This fund will support science that will focus on equine medical topics relevant to the eventing and sport horse community. To date, the USEA and its sister organization the USEA Endowment Trust, along with several individual donors, have contributed kickoff funds of $21,000.  In addition, the USEA has implemented an innovative $1 per start fee, which will result in some $40,000 in annual funding for equine medical research.

“Morris Animal Foundation is grateful to the USEA for its leadership in helping us fund valuable equine medical research, and for creating a fund that will help us improve the state of horse health,” says Scott Koskoski, director of major and planned gifts for Morris Animal Foundation. “The eventing community cares significantly about their horses, and it gives us great pride to partner with a group that wants to help keep these animals healthy. We hope this commitment will inspire organizations involved with other horse sport breeds and disciplines to establish similar relationships with the Foundation.”

Since 1959, Morris Animal Foundation has invested in nearly 350 equine health studies with pledge funds totaling more than $13 million. These studies have led to significant health breakthroughs, including the discovery of inherited diseases, better management of muscle cramping, tests for detecting inherited diseases and a novel approach that uses photodynamic therapy to treat a type of eye cancer.

To learn how you can help benefit the future of equine health through support of Morris Animal Foundation, contact Koskoski at (303) 708-3411 or

January 30, 2014