Our Team

Board of Directors

Michelle Conner - Michelle Conner heads up Front Range's adoption and training programs. She is the founder of Lasting Partnership Training Center, a local boarding/training and riding instruction facility. Ms. Conner is formerly a Board member of the now closed Rocky Mountain Foal Rescue. She completed a certification program with Clay Harper (a graduate of John Lyons' program) and has taken numerous continuing education clinics in natural horsemanship training. Ms. Conner's facility houses from 20 to 35 of Front Range's horses at a time for training assessment and subsequent adoption services as well as offering assistance with quarantine and rehabilitation.

Laurie Dewey - Ms. Dewey's prior experience as both a trainer and small business owner helps her to understand many of the organizational and program issues faced by Front Range Equine Rescue. Before moving to Colorado, she operated a hunter/jumper training stable in California for many years. After moving to Colorado, she returned to the amateur ranks of show jumping and currently works in software development. Ms. Dewey ran a successful company which specialized in custom software applications for businesses as well. Ms. Dewey and her husband have fostered and adopted several of Front Range's horses.

Ginger Kathrens - Ms. Kathrens is an Emmy award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor. Currently airing on PBS are her two documentaries: "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies" and "Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns." She has also written two award-winning books about Cloud. Her documentation of Cloud represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere. Ms. Kathrens is the founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation and is an avid endurance competitor and wilderness rider. She is also the head of Taurus Productions. Ms. Kathrens experience with wild horses and wild horse issues provides valuable information to assist with Front Range's wild horse campaign.

Marion Nagle - Ms. Nagle holds a Colorado State Elementary teaching license, Master of Arts degree, High School Physical Education and Dance degree. Her teaching experience ranges from pre-school through university with over 28 years' experience. Ms. Nagle began volunteering with Front Range in 1998 and has been a foster home to over 25 horses since 2003. Her curriculum "The Care and Keeping of Horses" is a model for stopping horse abuse through education. The curriculum is in use at Front Range summer camps which also provide and promote volunteerism in the community.

Hilary Wood - Hilary Wood serves as the President of the Board and chairs the quarterly Board meetings.  As the founder of Front Range Equine Rescue, she brings her vision for the rescue and years of corporate work experience to successfully lead Front Range into being one of the leading rescues in the country.   Hilary is responsible for the creation of Front Range's special programs "Stop the Backyard Breeder", "Trails End" and the horse ownership assistance projects.  She heads up Front Range's national campaigns against horse slaughter and the Save the Wild Horses campaign as well as directing a national educational campaign via a direct mail program.

Advisory Board

Equine Veterinary Services:

  • Calhan Veterinary Clinic: Calhan Veterinary Clinic is a mixed-animal practice proudly serving the Calhan community and surrounding area.  Two full-time doctors are available for 24-hour care.  Dr. Robert DeAngelo, a graduate of Colorado State University and Dr. Genevieve Grammer, a graduate of Ross University, offer care in small and large animal medicine and surgery.  For more information, please visit our website at www.calhanvet.com. "Calhan Veterinary Clinic large and small animal services ~ We are available for all your animals' nutritional needs. Some of our stocked items include: Cattle protein/mineral tubs and cake, Equine Senior and Strategy GX, plus many more products. Please call to place your order and consult us regarding your animals' health and nutrition!"
  • Colorado Equine Veterinary Services: Colorado Equine Veterinary Services is a full service, equine wellness, critical care and ambulatory practice.  Located in Peyton, Colorado just 20 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    You can contact us at cevs@skybeam.com or by phone 719-749-9500.
  • Cross Country Veterinary Services: Dr. Laura Smith at Cross Country Veterinary Services provides compassionate wellness and illness/emergency care for horses, and education for their owners.  Services include digital radiography, dentistry, pre-purchase examinations, preventive medicine, ultrasound, microchipping, and customized deworming and vaccination programs. Email:crosscountryvet@gmail.com
  • Exclusively Equine Dental & Chiropractic: Exclusively Equine Dentistry and Chiropractic offers the very best in equine dental, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. The owner, Sandra Grover, DVM, CVSMT has chosen to limit her practice to these three areas in order to provide the highest level of care. Dr. Grover graduated first in her veterinary class from Colorado State in 1999. She received her post-graduate training in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin, the only school in the United States with a state-approved certification program in Veterinary Chiropractic. Her acupuncture training was completed at the Chi Institute, which is regarded as the leading provider of veterinary training in acupuncture in the United States.
  • Range View Equine Associates: Range View Equine Associates provides a wide range of services including general medical services, complete mobile services, power dentistry and reproductive services.  Dr. Randy Parker is the owner of Range View Equine Associates.  He has practiced in the Colorado Springs area for over 19 years.  He enjoys working on lameness, performing equine dentistry, treating major horse injuries, and doing surgery.  For more information, www.thehorsedoctor.com

Staff

1 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff and 1-2 part-time seasonal staff. The direct mail program and professional trainers are contracted services.

Marion Nagle - Marion Nagle works part-time as Front Range Equine Rescue's Education Coordinator.  She is responsible for working on events, volunteer coordination, and education program development.  She has written and implemented curriculums for Front Range's youth camps and special group visits.  Marion has over 27 years experience as an educator with training in the arts, curriculum development, and with both special needs and gifted/talented students.  She is responsible for writing the "Education Corner" in Front Range's quarterly newsletter The Hoof Beat.

Hilary Wood - Hilary Wood is the President and Founder of Front Range Equine Rescue and works as the Director of Programs and Operations. She serves as the visionary and driving force behind Front Range Equine Rescue and brings over 25 years of corporate experience to her position. She started Front Range in 1997 while working full-time with a part-time riding instructor job as well. For over 9 years, she juggled her work and the growing demands of Front Range Equine Rescue. In late 2005, the Board voted to hire her as a full-time salaried employee. Her past employment experience included working in large corporations, small private companies, non-profit organizations, and self-employment. Ms. Wood's skills include technical editing, office management, grant writing, media relations, supervision of staff, human resources experience, materials production, basic accounting, public relations, records management, working with executive level staff, managing for-profit and non-profit businesses.

Part-time staffing is used to assist with clerical and administrative tasks as well as daily horse care.

Volunteers / Visitors

Volunteers: are utilized on an as-needed basis, primarily April thru mid-November to assist with stall/pen/corral cleanings, grooming, and at events. Sorry no "last minute" requests.

Volunteers Grooming Horse
Volunteers Cleaning Horse Stable

Visitors: are welcome by previously arranged appointment only and weather dependent in certain months. Sorry no "last minute" requests.

Additional Information:

Adoption

Overview of horse adoption

Location

Info regarding our facilities

Our Team

Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Staff, and Volunteers

Fundraising

Where our contributions come from

Media / Awards / Accreditations

Recognition of Front Range Equine Rescue