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Source: United Horsemen press release

Las Vegas, Nevada...United Horsemen has announced Mike Mclean of Denio, Nev., won the 2011 Dodge Truck fundraiser benefiting United Horsemen.

Dave Duquette, president and founder of United Horsemen, a 501(c)(3) educational and charitable organization that implements humane and realistic solutions to the excess horse problem, said the Dodge Truck fundraising raffle began a year ago at the 2009 National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas. Tickets were $100 each for a chance to win the truck.

"We're very excited for Mike and grateful for all our sponsors who helped us launch and promote the first Summit of the Horse event," Duquette said. "It was a great way to kick-off the Summit."

Trent Loos, a Nebraska rancher, farmer and host of the Rural Route Radio, served as the master of ceremonies for the Summit of the Horse, which ran Jan. 3-6.

Featured keynote speakers included Charlie Stenholm, retired 13-term U.S. House of Representative from Texas; Bob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management; John Falen, president of the Public Lands Council; Katherine Minthorn Good Luck, Umatilla, Intertribal Agriculture Council and Northwest Tribal Horse Coalition; Nancy Robinson, vice-president for government and industry affairs, Livestock Marketing Association; and Dr. Temple Grandin, designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Duquette said this event was organized as an effort to gather horse men and women with federal, state, tribal, and private land resource managers, conservationists and ranchers in a forum to address concerns about the sustainability and health of land; horses, both domestic and wild; native wildlife and the horseback culture and economy.

"The Summit comes from the perspective of experienced horse people who have the best interest of the horse at heart and seeks unification of our country's horsemen and horsewomen in promoting horse welfare and the health of the horse industry," he says. "We're speaking with a unified voice for horses and horse people."

For more information contact Dave Duquette at (541) 571-7588; Sue Wallis at (307) 685-8248; or Tracee Bentley, Colorado Association of Conservation District, (970) 412-3386.