horses

Ed Robbins: World's oldest polo player

Jun 28, 2016
MacKenzie Bates/APR

So, what would you like to do on your eighty fifth birthday? If one Northern Alabama native has his way, he’ll be doing more than just blowing out a lot of candles. Ed Robbins is now known internationally for his love of “The Sport of Kings.”  APR’s MacKenzie Bates reports Robbins has the record to prove it…

“I started in 1980 and that was 20, 36 years ago.” 

Ed Robbins is talking about polo. The sport didn’t come easy to him. He first tried to ride a horse when he was seven.

Working Animals

Sep 5, 2015
American Humane Association

Bretagne epitomizes the relationship between humans and working animals.  Trained for search and rescue, her first assignment was the World Trade Center on 9/11.  Not only was she very good at her job she also took on the role of comforter for firefighters and other first responders, nuzzling close and letting them hold her and pet her.  She was trained to search, but her love for people made her special.

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Red Star Rescue Team

Jul 25, 2015
American Humane Association - Facebook

In 1916 the American Humane Association was asked by the US War Department to rescue thousands of horses injured in Europe during World War I.  That effort became Red Star Rescue.  Ninety-nine years later, they are still rescuing animals in all types of situations, from natural disasters to human neglect and cruelty.

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World Rabies Day 2013

Sep 28, 2013
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Rabies has almost been eliminated in the United States - almost, but not entirely.  Every year there are still one or two human deaths  from the disease, and several thousand cases of rabies in animals reported. 

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