Friday, June 13, 2014

International Equestrian Pro Cheryl Casati joins Wild For Life Foundation as Advisory Board Member and Sanctuary Development Chair

Master Trainer and Equestrian Professional, Cheryl Casati joins Wild For Life Foundation as Advisory Board Member and Sanctuary Development Chair

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is pleased to announce that Cheryl Casati has joined the board in Cheryl," says Katia Louise. "Cheryl is a Master Trainer and the founder of Equi Balance Centred. Her method is grounded in the principles of classical schooling and horsemanship techniques found in dressage, eventing and jumping. We are more than thrilled to officially welcome her on board."  

Cheryl Casati, ABRS TC, Retired U.S. Air Force, earned her Instructor Certificate under the Association Of British Riding Schools at the Talland Riding School, UK.  Licensed Berieter Riding Instructor, former Head Instructor of the International Section of the German Reiter Schule, ST Georg in Ramstein, Germany; Ms Casati is also a certified Equine Massage Therapist with a background in equine physiotherapy, massage and rehabilitation. Cheryl studied natural horsemanship with John Lyons, Linda Tellington-Jones and Pat Parelli.  She’s taught equine biomechanics at the Master Class level under the Dressage University of Calgary, Canada.  ‘Warendorf Reiter Schule’ Bronze Medal Winner and record holder, Ms Casati has earned the highest scores in all categories and is also internationally recognized for her expertise in stable construction, pasture management, horse care, saddle fit, training/teaching, jumping and dressage.  Cheryl has shown extensively and successfully in dressage, show jumping and eventing on the East Coast, Northern California, Germany and the UK.   One of Cheryl’s favorite motto's is, “Time allows for and supports longevity, balance and an honest approach to the process of a solid foundation which is dedicated to learning with wisdom and patience and not harm.”
In 2008, when Wild for life Foundation set out to establish its equine rescue and sanctuary program, our goal was to save the lives of high-risk horses and raise awareness for the need to protect them from cruelty.  Six years later, this program has transcended even our wildest wishes, filling us with great pride and motivating us to do even more.  In 2012, we began development of our vision for the new millennium, the western regional animal sanctuary and preserve plan comprised of natural habitat preserves, captive wildlife and companion animal sanctuaries. Phase one of WFLF's master plan includes the acquisition of 72 acres in Fallbrook, CA where the mild climate, lush vegetation and rolling hills of a new Sanctuary Center are the perfect setting for an animal sanctuary and wellness center. Plans for the Sanctuary Center include animal rescue programming for equines and canines.  As a WFLF Development Chair for the Sanctuary Center, and an Advisory Board Member, Ms. Casati will be playing an active roll both in the Sanctuary Center programs.

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a U.S. registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting America's equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF provides programs with a focus on promoting community enrichment, including wild horse preserves, equine wellness activities and robust equine assisted programs for active duty military, veterans and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth and others in need. We save the lives of homeless, mistreated and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

Cheryl Casati offers training and clinics for horse and rider, internationally, on a group and individual basis.

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Phone: 310.439.9817

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Friday, June 6, 2014


BINGO to FEED HUNGRY RESCUE HORSES!! Wild for Life Foundation is excited and looking forward
to A Night of BINGO on June 10th! Funds raised will help feed victimized wild horses that have been saved from roundups and slaughter. Thank you! Please share!
If you will be in the LA area on June 10th... Come on out to a full-filled night to benefit Wild For Life Foundation's lifesaving equine rescue and recovery program.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 10th, 7PM
WHERE: Viva Cantina, Burbank, CA
10 ROUNDS of BINGO with fabulous PRIZES!
Meet Celebrity Caller, Heather Michaels and International award winning filmmaker of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, Katia Louise
Full Menu and Bar
Suggested donation $20
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Proceeds to benefit the Wild For Life Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses and burros though rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary.
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BREAKING: California auctioneer charged for sending horse to slaughter

June 6, 2014, California auctioneer charged for sending horse to slaughter.
Madera County Sherriff and KPIX Channel 5 news reports auctioneer Billy Ray Brown Jr., was arrested and charged in a case involving professional rodeo horses and CA auction records traced to a slaughterhouse in Canada.
Many California (CA) residents are shocked by the news which broke yesterday on the heels of an
investigation probing into the illegal CA trade of horses for slaughter. “It’s been going on for years”, states Katia Louise, Wild For Life Foundation President, Director, Saving America’s Horses. “CA horses through no fault of their own, wind up at these auction houses where known kill-buyers seek to meet their quota as driven by the foreign market for horsemeat.  Once designated as food animals most protections under the humane laws no longer apply to them. The records of their sale(s) are conveniently lost or somehow unavailable, making it next to impossible to trace their torturous journey through the slaughter pipeline.  
The average American doesn’t realize that America's wild and domestic horses and burros are being sold in a seedy underground market for their meat at auction and shipped to slaughter in Mexico and Canada for human consumption abroad. Polls indicate of those Americans who are aware, 80% are opposed to these insidious activities.
The 1998 CA 'Prohibition on Slaughter of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption' prohibits any person from possessing, transferring, receiving or holding any horse, pony, burro or mule with intent to kill it or have it killed, where the person knows or should know that any part of the animal will be used for human consumption, and provides that a violation constitutes a felony offense.  “But horses are virtually being laundered through auction, trade and backyard barn sales, adds Ms Louise.  “The total lack of enforcement is fueled by an absence of appropriated funds which enables the transfer and transport of equines without regulatory inspections or paper trails.”  Yesterday’s summer camp ponies, today’s racehorses and tomorrow’s family pet ponies whose boarding contracts go unpaid, are disappearing across CA state borders into neighboring states where no protective laws exist.
Just last month, the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill was approved by the Senate with defunding language intact, which prohibits federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States. Without funding for USDA inspections of horsemeat, horse slaughter plants cannot re-open in the U.S. However, there are no federal laws prohibiting the sale or transport of horses across federal borders to be slaughtered outside of the states.
Due to the absence of this federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don't realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, professional rodeo horses and even wild horses taken from their native lands.
What can people do to help the horses?
Get the true facts and help raise awareness. Support Wild For Life Foundation and other reputable anti-slaughter equine rescues and sanctuaries.  Ask your state representatives to support the currently pending federal legislation; HR 1094 and SB 541, (the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013), which would prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.  Talk to others in your local horse communities and encourage them to implement protective measures to keep horses from being sold, given away or auctioned for slaughter.  Enforceable safety provisions can help assure their horses' safety and welfare for the lifetime of each horse.

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