Press Release by Force of the Horse®, LLC
Photographer Hopes Notice will Highlight Equine Welfare Issues
HOUSTON (SFTHH) – A photo snapped the first few minutes that a newly adopted horse was released on Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch gained notice at the Equine Ideal 2010 Winter Photo Contest. Sponsored by the Equine Photographers Network the black and white photo titled “First Bite” by Terry Fitch of Magnolia, Texas has won the “Peoples Choice Award”.
“I was both surprised and elated” said Fitch, “This is a special picture as it is of a horse rescued by Habitat for Horses and kindly adopted by Willie Nelson. Jerry Finch and Rebecca Williams of HfH along with my husband R.T. and myself transported the horses to Willie’s ranch. This horse, in particular, was so glad to be let out of the trailer that he ran about for a second or two and then zeroed in on the round bale of hay. He looked up to see where all of his buddies had gone and that’s when I captured his pose. It was a really neat experience.
I was also excited to find out that the photo snagged 5th place in the Black and White competition.”
Terry hopes that the publicity from the win will draw attention to the rescue and equine rehab work that Habitat for Horses does while showing the kind heart of Willie Nelson and his family.
“Willie now has a herd of almost 70 horses and about half of those came from or through Habitat for Horses. To ensure their care Willie has hired a full time equestrian specialist who tends to the needs of the herd on a full time basis. They are really great people.” Fitch added.
A horse rescuer herself, Terry Fitch served for many years as an officer for Habitat for Horses, helped in the rescue of horses after both hurricanes Katrina and Rita, is an outspoken advocate for our native, American Wild Horses and fully supports the efforts of the Equine Welfare Alliance and the Cloud Foundation.
“It’s time that we Americans stand up and let our voices be heard on the issues of horse slaughter and the mismanagement of our wild horses. Like Willie Nelson, I will not be quiet on these subjects as the horses cannot speak for themselves.”
Fitch has donated many of her works to help equine related non-profits and her most recent endeavor has been to supply all of the photographic work for her husband’s recent book, “Straight from the Horse’s Heart”, where the bulk of the proceeds are donated to Habitat for Horses.
To learn more about Habitat for Horses visit www.habitatforhorses.org
Video of the release of “First Bite” at Willie Nelson’s Ranch