Board Member: Jo Anne Normile
Jo Anne Normile is a co-founder and current president of Saving Baby Equine Charity. She has co-authored with New York Times best selling writer Larry Lindner a memoir about her racing experiences entitled Saving Baby – How One Woman’s Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. Their book has received outstanding reviews, was selected by Reader’s Digest as a monthly featured book and has five stars on Amazon. It is available in hard cover, paperback, all form of ebook and audio. A portion of the book's sales helps fund Saving Baby Equine Charity.
Jo Anne is also principal of Normile Racehorse Protection Consulting and advises senators, congressmen, filmmakers, legal firms, journalists, individuals, rescue and humane organizations on all aspects of racing pertaining to the welfare of the Thoroughbred racehorse and the integrity of the industry. A former breeder and owner of racehorses as well as an elected member of two of racing's most influential boards Normile knows the industry from the inside.
Prior to Saving Baby Equine Charity and her consulting work, Normile founded CANTER, the first organization to take Thoroughbreds right from the racetrack to safe havens and which now has chapters across the country.
Normile has received the Catalyst of the Year Award from the Michigan Horse Council for her "significant contribution to the Michigan horse industry" and the prestigious Dogwood Stable Dominion Award as an "unsung hero of the racing industry". She was described in The Thoroughbred Times as having "rescued more horses than any other organization in the equine industry." Normile has also been written up in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The St. Louis Dispatch as well as in The Blood-Horse, The Daily Racing Form, Equus, Horse Illustrated, ASPCA's Animal Watch, and numerous other publications. In addition, she has appeared on CNN and local television broadcasts.
She has provided exhibits for a watershed Congressional hearing on the use of drugs in racehorses and has been an invited speaker at equine safety meetings around the country, including the International Horse Welfare Conference in September 2011 and the American Equine Summit in April 2012 and in April of 2013.
Normile's dedication to horses also includes research on equine self-mutilation syndrome and compulsive behavior in formerly feral horses. Her work has been written up in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine. In 2012 she co-authored a case study entitled: "U.S. Thoroughbreds Slaughtered 2002-2010: Compared to Annual Thoroughbred Foal Crop"
Normile is an active member of the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition and is on the board of directors of Animal Advocates of Michigan and on the advisory board of the documentary, Saving America's Horses-A Nation Betrayed.
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