Equine Advocates to Honor Terry Finley
In celebrating 22 years of equine rescue work and 17 years of holding its biggest event of the year in Saratoga, Equine Advocates will be honoring West Point Thoroughbreds' CEO and founder, Terry Finley, with the Safe Home Equine Protection Award at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 2 at its annual Awards Dinner. He will be joined by Purple Haze Stable's Wanda Polisseni, who will receive the Ellen and Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award. Both of these outstanding individuals are being recognized for making major contributions in the area of equine protection.
Finley, a resident of Saratoga Springs, came to the rescue of Thoroughbreds stranded in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria when he helped arrange for a plane to deliver much-needed food and supplies. He is opposed to horse slaughter and is actively involved with Thoroughbred aftercare and equine-related charities. Terry sits on the boards of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
Wanda Polisseni is a horse lover and philanthropist who was the largest contributor to the construction of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program's Purple Haze Center, the first and only horse adoption center built on the grounds of a racetrack, named for her Purple Haze Stables.
The center opened its doors on the grounds of Finger Lakes Racetrack in 2007. Mrs. Polliseni's love of Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and her strong opposition to horse slaughter has made her an outspoken advocate for the humane treatment of racehorses and their placement in safe and loving homes when their racing careers are over.
Tickets for the Awards Dinner and Charity are $250 per person and include cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. All proceeds from this event will benefit Equine Advocates Horse Rescue, Sanctuary and Humane Education programs.