Officials of the Pinto Horse Association of America announced a new partnership with Rein in Cancer in mid-October. The partnership will feature Rein in Cancer promotions at both the Pinto Horse World Championship Show and the Color Breed Congress. Association members who are cancer patients will be eligible for cash payments while undergoing treatment.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Pinto Horse Association,” said Rein In Cancer President Cheryl Magoteaux Cody. “This association has always represented an innovative and diverse mindset and we are looking forward to the opportunity to grow with them.”
“The dedication Rein In Cancer shows is unbelievable,” said Darrell Bilke, chief opertaing officer and vice president of the Pinto Horse of Association of America. “The Pinto Horse Association of America is excited to partner with Rein in Cancer to help spread awareness.”
Rein in Cancer is a 501(C)3 Corporation that was founded in 2008 by Cody, Shorty Koger and Tracie Anderson. Four years later, after raising funds to create the Shirley Bowman Nutrition Center at the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City, it began providing direct financial assistance to cancer patients who are part of the horse community.
The response and the need were overwhelming. In just the first year, Rein In Cancer made payments to patients in 32 states and Canada. All recipients were members of the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, the National Reined Cow Horse Association or the National Cutting Horse Association. Now, members of the Pinto Horse Association of America will also be eligible for assistance.
Funds have been raised solely through activities supported or hosted by equine industry events. Included in the long list of horse-related activities hosting Rein In Cancer fund-raising activities are Remington Park, the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, All American Quarter Horse Congress, National Reining Breeders Classic, March to the Arch, Arizona Sun Circuit and American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show. Added to that list are countless cuttings, ropings, barrel races, and other horse shows from a variety of disciplines.
Cody noted, “Rein In Cancer continues to raise funds for patient assistance. The need is real – especially for people going through treatment who still have to buy horse feed.”
Incorporated in 1956, the Pinto Horse Association of America was formed to encourage the promotion of quality horses, ponies and miniatures with color and to establish a registry for maintaining their show records and pedigrees. Currently, the association serves approximately 12,000 members and boasts more than 147,000 registered Pintos. To learn more about the association visit www.pinto.org or call 405-491-0111.
For information or to apply for funding visit the web site at www.reinincancer.com.