he Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF, Inc.) was conceived and developed in 1976 by a group of men who realized no organization existed whose sole function was to protect the interests and promote the welfare of the equine athlete.The organizers felt these athletes should receive the best medical care available and that the horses' handlers and caretakers needed to be educated in the methods for properly caring for them and preventing injury and disease.

To accomplish this, the SCEF, a non-profit, charitable organization, became the driving force to stimulate, fund, and oversee medical research so that equine athletes could benefit from the advancements in knowledge necessary to ensure their better protection and treatment.

Since its inception in 1976, the SCEF has more than fulfilled its dedicated purpose of "caring for the injured horse." It has become nationally recognized for the significant impact it has made in the fields of equine medicine and surgery.

Initially, the corporation consisted of nine members with a six-person board of directors that would dictate policy and oversee the operation of the facilities plus a hospital administrator who would direct the day-to-day functions of the SCEF equine hospital. All worked at first without financial remuneration of any kind.

The SCEF has progressed and flourished because of the dedicated efforts of its founders and those who later joined the board. The hospital has received broad-based support throughout the racing industry from both organizations and individuals.


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In the beginning, assistance came from many sources. Among the most instrumental were the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, with its then Southern California President, Richard Craigo, providing legal assistance in forming the corporation; Oak Tree Racing Association, through its Board of Directors President, Clement L. Hirsch, providing substantial financial and administrative support; and Marjorie Everett and Hollywood Park providing the assistance and approval for the introduction of the first equine hospital facility on the Hollywood Park backstretch.

Dr. Gregory Ferraro, one of the original organizers, was named president and hospital administrator when the first unit was opened. Joining him on the Board of Directors were trainer Jerry Fanning, vice-president; Dr. Joseph H. Cannon, secretary-treasurer; track executive Peter W. Tunney; trainer L.J. Brooks; and track executive Joseph W. Harper. Among those who provided organizational assistance were Dr. Jack Robbins and Dr. Roy Bishop.

Prior to the establishment of the Dolly Green Research Foundation, the SCEF organized, founded, or was involved with several significant research projects. Its most widely known and perhaps most significant project is the study of Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage. This study of bleeders, conducted with Dr. John Pascoe of the University of California at Davis as the principle investigator, virtually revolutionized the concept of epistaxis and respiratory disease in the racehorse. Other research projects included investigations into such problem areas as the pharyngitis complex, the analysis of bucked shins, and gastric ulcers.

The SCEF continues to be a resource for statistical information on various equine diseases and has been instrumental in institutional investigations. Its extensive database and imaging centers help many researchers and research-finding groups organize their projects and maximize their efforts.

The SCEF also has provided classes for backstretch personnel. These classes, taught in both English and Spanish, have been designed to educate handlers in how to best care for the medical needs of their horses.

SCEF has the distinction of being one of the few charitable organizations that has no administrative costs deducted from the gifts of the donors. Virtually 100 percent of all money donated to the SCEF for a specific project is directed to that project. All administrative costs are covered under the budget of its daily medical operation.

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