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"Saving Horses, Saving Human Lives"
Dear Friends and Colleagues -- A quick update from California where the international racing community is gathering in preparation for the upcoming 30th Breeder's Cup World Championships to be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013. 
Amid the excitement, one of the things I am most proud of is the enthusiasm and support gathering around our grassroots campaign to save the beautiful, rare flamingos known as the "Breeder's Flock" at Hollywood Park. These California birds are cousins to the famed flamingos at Hialeah Park Track and Casino in Florida, which has been listed as one of the top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our work is not over but for now, what was a racing Mecca, is now being recognized as a national treasure and recently opened a new high-tech casino.  

We must also recognize the tremendous value of the Breeder's Flock by listing Hollywood Park on the National Registry. During its racing heyday, Hollywood Park played host to some of the nation's greatest horses: Seabiscuit, Citation and Seattle Slew and is the oldest and widest turf track course in the country.

It's my hope that working together, we can gain strength in numbers to preserve a rare bit of history, a glorious racing track, a very special flock of pink flamingos descending from the Hialeah flock flamingos, and many many jobs!  

My new organization, The American Association for Equine Sports Preservation, is mounting our drive to get Hollywood Park listed as a historic site by the National Registry. 

I'm also humbled and honored to be nominated for the 2014 Rare Life Eagle Award in recognition of my lifelong work (and love!) for horses. If you have a moment, please read my story below and vote for me for the 2014 Rare Life Eagle Award.

Warmest regards,
Allison Booth

Nicknamed "The Breeder's Flock," the flamingos at the Hialeah Race Track are the only fertile flock of flamingos in the U.S. In 2007, Hialeah Race Track became one of America's 11 Most Endangered 
Historic Places, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Saving Horses, Saving Human Lives

Allison Booth was saved by horses, and now she is saving them. Like her mentor, famed "horse whisperer," Monty Roberts, Booth's mission is to "make the world a better place for horses and their habitats - and for humans who can be helped by horses." Booth herself has been influenced by horses and their mystical ability to change people's lives.

Booth's own story reads like a Dickens' novel. Growing up in an abusive home in Ireland, Booth lost her mother at a young age. Her grim life changed when she met a group of migrant gypsy workers and their beautiful horses. Booth became enchanted by the horses, begging to ride them after her long days laboring in the turnip and potato fields. Thus, the seeds were planted for what would become an international career on four continents - Australia, North America, Europe and the Middle East - where she'd meet the world's top trainers, owners, breeders, veterinarians, and others in the horse racing industry.


Booth's work with horses helped her make a living. At 15, she was the official groomer of the Irish polo team, and by 16, she was driving the polo ponies in the truck by herself, taking the ferry from Ireland to England to compete at Windsor Castle, amongst others. Eventually, at age 19, she got to Taylor Made Farms in Lexington, KY, a leading thoroughbred farm, where she met future New York Times best-selling author, Monty Roberts. Roberts is one of the world's most renowned horse trainers. There he taught Booth the language of horses and an effective way to cope with the trauma and grief imposed on her throughout her childhood and youth.


Indeed, for all her life, Booth has triumphed over adversity. As a crusader for countless causes, she's demonstrated a strong will and fierce determination to help the creatures that have give her so much. 




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Saratoga WarHorse Gala
August 19, 2013

My organization, AAESP, supported a gala hosted by the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, an acclaimed at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

the news release.

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for exciting news from last week's events in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA.

1-2, 2013 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.