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Hank Award Nominations accepted until December 31, 2004

Rio Vista

SANTA MARIA, CA— Each year, Rio Vista Products has recognized an agency, individual and professional for outstanding achievement in equine and canine welfare and presented them with a bronze statue called ‘Friends’, a financial grant, and a year’s supply of grooming products. This award was established through the Rio Vista Fund. The Fund offers financial aid on an individual basis to agencies that submit applications to help animals in dire need. The Fund was founded in 1996 when Mr. James B. Towle, President of Rio Vista Products, set a policy stating that every time a customer purchases a Rio Vista Product, a portion of the sale is to be set aside for the benefit of abused, neglected or mistreated horses or dogs.

Each winner has received an engraved sculpture by Sherry Wolfenbarger Cagan, renowned artist, breeder, trainer and recipient of the 1985 World Champion Equestrian title. Private and corporate collectors and celebrities around the world covet her bronzes.

Nominations are current being accepted for the 2004/5 Hank Award. Nomination guidelines can requested from Rio Vista Products or found on their website. Nominations close December 31, 2004.

“The Fund remains the finest thing we do,” said James Towle, “and we are proud to reward the work of those who give so much of themselves. Equine and canine rescue is not just a job, but a calling.”

I would like to personally invite you to participate in our 2004/2005 Hank Award Program, by encouraging you to nominate a noteworthy individual, agency or professional in your area. There are hundreds of caring and devoted individuals and agencies in our community answering the call to help neglected and abused horses and dogs.

Don’t let the good deeds of your friends and colleagues go unacknowledged. Nominate them for this prestigious award. By doing so you are recognizing their commitment and dedication to the most important of all human values – compassion. The individuals, and the people who make up such organizations, are truly the most kind, considerate, and dedicated people we can ever hope meet. Their willingness to do whatever it takes to make the difference for each animal that they encounter is inspirational. By nominating an organization or individual, you have the opportunity to show them how much their care and devotion means not only to the to the animals they are helping but to the entire equine and canine community.

Rio Vista Products, manufacturer of canine and equine grooming products, has been favoring the natural approach to animal care since 1996, offering the health conscious horse or dog owner a high quality, performance oriented alternative. Rio Vista Products are available in tack, feed and pet stores throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, contact the company at (800) 248-6428 or e-mail at

Contact Information: Stephanie Oliva, RIO VISTA PRODUCTS, Marketing Coordinator, 520 S. Farnel Road, Santa Maria, CA 93458. Tel: (805) 352-1373 Fax: (805) 352-1349. Email: