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Voice For The Horse Children's Writing Competition

An essay writing competition encourages youth to try and understand what horses, which are a part of Native American History, would tell us.
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Update: The deadline for this writing competition has been extended to March 1, 2012 and a second prize, an iPad, has been added.

Youth under the age of 18 have the unique opportunity to participate in the first Voice For The Horse Children’s Writing Competition. Participants must write essays that answer this question: What do you think the horses would be telling you if they could speak?

“The reason we ask you to do this is because horses do not have a voice, at least one that is audible and that we understand,” explains Yvonne Allen, a certified equine practitioner and Voice For the Horse (VFTH) founder, on the competition website.

The organization’s mandate is that “through education about the sentience of horses and their true needs, VFTH aspires to promote our heritage with horses from our past, present and for our future years ahead through the voices of our children and other horse lovers of the world.”

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This year’s grand prize winner will win a trip for two to the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) ranch located on 680 acres of the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation.

“The Lakota people once relied on and lived with the wild horse,” says Monica Terkildsen, member of the Lakota Tribe and ISPMB’s tribal relations coordinator. “The horse was used in ceremonies, games, hunting, war and in every day life. The horse was a symbol of freedom, strength, pride and courage.

The competition is broken up into two age groups, 12 and under and 13 to 18 years old. It is open to children in the United States and Canada. Entries are due January 31, 2012. For more information and for horse resources, visit