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Our History


To serve as the charitable arm of the AAEP to improve the welfare of the horse.


The AAEP Foundation was founded in 1994 as a 501(c)3 organization to serve as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).  

The Foundation was established by an estate gift from Mrs. Halina Leonard of Chino, Calif., who passed away in 1993.  She left her entire estate to charities that supported the welfare of horses and animals. Thanks to her friendship with AAEP member Wes Williams, DVM, she made an initial gift to the AAEP in 1994, which was the impetus for the formation of the AAEP Foundation.  As the trusted caretaker of her horses, Dr. Williams was able to advise Mrs. Leonard prior to her death to donate to organizations like the AAEP. 

Dr. Williams, an AAEP member since 1986 and now the owner of Lone Star Park Equine Hospital in Grand Prairie, Texas, feels honored to have played a role in opening the door for the Foundation’s original estate gift.  It all started while he was practicing in Southern California during the late 1980s. While providing care for Mrs. Leonard’s horses, he developed a strong friendship with this gracious client, which allowed him to help direct her estate giving to organizations dedicated to the welfare of animals.

Since its inception, the Foundation has allocated more than $3.7 million to support its mission.

Click here to download an informational brochure about the AAEP Foundation.

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