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Please support Proud Equestrian Program

August 22, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:As some of you know, two mini-ponies were discovered missing from barn No. 2 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds on the morning on Aug. 7.

The mini-ponies were donated by my wife and I toward the Proud Equestrian Program that was taking place from Aug. 6-10, a program that provides extraordinary experiences for many special needs children in the area. We are proud to have participated in this wonderful program for many years.

What many of you do not know is that those ponies, named Pistol and Elvis, were deliberately taken out of the barn, walked off the property of the Dickinson County Fairgrounds and left on the Oak Crest Golf Course by a person well known to us in the community of horse owners, sometime between 10 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 5 a.m. on Aug. 7.

This person was undoubtedly angry with me after the events of the weekend TCHA sanctioned horse show, sponsored by the Northwoods Horse Council. I will not comment on the difficult encounters that may have caused this act of vengeance.

What I wish to convey is the fact the organizers and assistants of the Proud Equestrian Program should bear absolutely no responsibility or blame for the mini-ponies being taken from their stall, where they continued to make us proud all week by being complete gentlemen in their function as equine companions to all the special needs individuals that they encountered.

It would be shameful if anyone in the community cast any negative aspersions regarding the safe-keeping or care of any of the horses that participated in this year's program, since this would be completely untrue.

Furthermore, the Dickinson County Fair Board bears no responsibility or blame in this unfortunate matter as well, Changes that will provide enhanced security for the participating horses will be implemented in all future events where horses and other market animals are lodged on the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. Please do not cast blame for this unfortunate event where it does not belong.

Our wish to everyone is to please continue to support the Proud Equestrian Program for many years to come.

Dr. Michael Zevitz




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