News Release: Canterbury Park and Minnesota Hay Bank Team Up to Address Hay Shortage (12.03.13)



Stacy L. Bettison



Canterbury Park and Minnesota Hay Bank Team Up to Address Hay Shortage

Golden Valley, MN – December 2, 2013. The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition (MNHWC) and Canterbury Park have joined forces to address the hay shortage in Minnesota. The Minnesota Hay Bank has purchased a semi-load of horse-quality hay and Canterbury Park will store it for the winter.

“This is the first time Minnesota has stockpiled hay in an attempt to deal with the hay shortage, and we are now better prepared to address emergency horse needs this winter,” said hay bank co-founder Stacy Bettison. “Purchasing large quantities of hay, finding storage and keeping it secure are enormous undertakings that require money, facilities and equipment. Teaming up with Canterbury Park has made this possible. This is the perfect example of people working together to help horses.”

20 tons of hay has been shipped to Shakopee, Minnesota, and Canterbury Park will provide storage and security until it is dispersed later this winter. The next step for the Minnesota Hay Bank is to raise money to pay for the purchase, which was made with a loan.

Bettison added: “The fate of many horses this winter is not one of chance, but one of choice.  Whether it be calling local law enforcement to report a concern about the welfare of certain horses in your community or making a donation to The Minnesota Hay Bank or reputable horse rescue, the fate of horses rests in the choices people make to help them. Outside all winter, behind fences in the snow, cold and wind, horses are 100% dependent on humans to care for them. As the temperature drops, horses need even more help.”

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About the MNHWC

The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition is a group of organizations, attorneys, horse rescues, humane agents and individuals working to prevent equine neglect, abandonment and abuse. The Coalition’s work is focused on helping people needing assistance to provide for their equines and to save equines from neglect and abuse through direct support, foster care, emergency assistance and public education. The Coalition is comprised of teams dedicated to solving different aspects of the problem, including hay and feed assistance, temporary foster care, veterinary assistance, castration and euthanasia.

About Canterbury Park and Canterbury Park Minnesota Fund

Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino is Minnesota’s premier entertainment destination. Located in Shakopee, Minnesota, just 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis & St. Paul, Canterbury Park is home to Live Racing, Simulcast Racing and a 24/7 Card Casino featuring Texas Hold’em, Blackjack and more.

The Canterbury Park Minnesota Fund (CPMF) originated in 2003 to unite Canterbury Park, our employees, horsemen and vendors in a common goal to provide assistance for charities benefiting equine organizations, responsible gaming programs and local causes.  The CPMF has grown into a successful grant program, awarding more than $750,000 in grants to Minnesota organizations since its inception.