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Anita TenBruggencate Returns To OSAS

In 1996 Anita TenBruggencate had the idea of establishing an adoption organization for retired Standardbreds in Ontario and her hard work and dedication led to the formation of the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society which has placed more than 500 horses since that time.

Anita worked as Program Co-ordinator for OSAS during its first three years of operation and left to start a family and for several years stayed home with her daughters Elana, now 12 and Cara, 10.

OSAS is very pleased that Anita has returned to the fold to work part-time as Adoptions Co-ordinator, starting back at it in May of this year. Her main focus with the Society will be on placing the available horses first into foster care and then suitable, permanent homes.

"Standardbreds are extremely versatile, level-headed and patient with people and I receive great pleasure in helping them get placed into a second home/career where they are loved and appreciated," she said.

Anita has a strong background with horses as she started riding at eight years of age. She adopted her own horse, Jacquard, from OSAS 14 years ago and they enjoy trail riding in nearby conservation areas.

"I get a lot of pleasure from being out with my horse and in helping others find a wonderful equine companion."

Anita worked for Hall of Fame horseman Bill Wellwood in the early 1990s as well as trainer Rob Fellows. It was during a period when she worked for Tom Artandi in Florida that she first learned about horse adoption programs.

Anita brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to her role at OSAS and the Board of Directors are extremely pleased to welcome her back to the organization she created.

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