ASPCA Equine Fund

ASPCA Help a Horse Day

Help a Horse Day is a national celebration and contest to raise awareness of the plight of horses. Equine rescues and sanctuaries are encouraged to host an event highlighting the work they do and showing community members how they can help. 

In 2016, the contest component of Help a Horse Day is even more dynamic: In honor of the ASPCA’s 150th anniversary, qualifying equine groups will be in the running for a portion of $100,000 in grant money—the largest Help a Horse Day grant pool ever!

Registration Closed on April 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET


To qualify to apply, organizations must:

  • Be an equine rescue or sanctuary with a 501(c)(3) that cares for at least 10 horses concurrently, or an animal control agency or animal shelter that seizes at-risk horses at least four times a year on average
  • Be located in the USA
  • Have no overdue requirements from past ASPCA grants
  • Register and hold at least one celebration event between April 22-26, 2016

Contest Judging Criteria

Contests judges will award up to 50 points, using a variety of criteria to evaluate each Help a Horse Day event, including the following:

  • Number of people in attendance
  • Amount of money raised
  • 350-word essay
  • Three event photos

For the complete judging rubric, download Help a Horse Day Judging Criteria.

Tips for a Successful Event

Jacque Schultz, Senior Director of the ASPCA Equine Fund, says Help a Horse Day events are celebrations that should "convey a sense of joy." Schultz offers these tips:

Check out previous Help a Horse Day winners!

  • Promote your event by placing it in community calendars, inviting local politicians, partnering with businesses and other organizations and creating a Facebook event page
  • Give people options to donate and help even if they can't make it to the actual celebration, including event sponsorships
  • Give people multiple opportunities to give at the event (sales tables, donation jars, etc.)
  • Tell people how much it costs to care for horses, since many in your community have no idea and may be more willing to help
  • Watch the recorded webinar How to Save Horses through Help a Horse Day 2016 to get more hints on how to hold a successful event.
  • Download the helpful resources located on the right of this page

Read more tips on planning a successful Help a Horse Day event , learn about previous Help a Horse Day winners and check out both the general and Help a Horse Day-specific event planning downloads!