Brennan Equine Welfare Fund Announces 2022 Grant Distributions



AUGUST 29, 2022


Cincinnati, OH – Brennan Equine Welfare Fund (BEWF) is pleased to announce their 2022 grants. Twelve exceptional equine rescue/rehabilitation/retirement/retraining and placement facilities across the USA have been awarded. 


Thoroughbred-focused recipients include Bright Future’s Farm, Exceller Fund, and ReRun.


Non-breed-specific organizations granted include Brook Hill Retirement Center, Duchess Sanctuary, Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Illinois Equine Humane Center, Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, and Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement.


Also awarded was multiple-grantee Glen Ellen Vocational Academy (GEVA), a Thoroughbred-focused rehabilitation and retirement facility founded by former Racetrack Steward, Pam Berg, who also serves as President. Now in their 27th year and Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), GEVA’s mission is to provide horses with an alternative to needless euthanasia, inhumane slaughter, abuse, or neglect. GEVA is also Accredited by the Global Foundation for Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Nestled near the vineyards in Northern California, approximately 30 Thoroughbreds call GEVA their forever home. While a second career after their racing career is over is the preferred trajectory for Thoroughbreds, sometimes previous injuries prohibit this. GEVA provides retirement for such horses. A 2022 grant from BEWF has provided funding for daily operating costs including feed, veterinary and farrier expenses. Among the horses benefitting are Governor Elect, also known as “Govie”, now 31 years old. Bred in California, Govie ran 55 races, giving him the title of War Horse. When Govie arrived at GEVA in 1999, it was noticed that he had an ankle that was without cartilage, but, over time, his ankle has fused, and he has lived a very active and comfortable life while retired at GEVA. Pam Berg states, “GEVA is so very grateful for all the years of support we’ve received from BEWF for the horses.” Brennan Equine Welfare is pleased to partner with GEVA, and gives thanks to all donors who made this, and all 2022 grants, possible.                                                                             


Brennan Equine Welfare Fund is a fund-raising, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization set up through The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Grants from Brennan Equine Welfare Fund are used to serve equine rescue shelters across the country that provide dignity to final years of aged, injured, abused, starved and slaughter-bound horses, as well as those used in medical experimentation. This fund supports registered, 501(c)(3) organizations that specialize in retirement and rehabilitation services and offer a peaceful and permanent sanctuary for these beautiful animals. Shelters, which offer carefully scrutinized adoption or re-placement services, are also supported. Established in 2000 by Linda Pavey, Brennan Equine Welfare Fund carries on the memory of her equine companion, Brennan (J.B.'s Hero), an off-the-track Thoroughbred.


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