Our Horse Rescue Team

Front Range Equine Rescue Board of Directors

Front Range Equine Rescue’s Board of Directors are dedicated to promoting the mission, vision, and program goals of the organization. Board members have a variety of backgrounds, each of which contributes to Front Range’s needs – whether it is expertise in horse care and management, technology, education, events, administrative tasks, or fundraising endeavors. FRER’s Board reflects the integrity and professionalism of Front Range Equine Rescue at all times. All Board members have prior history with the organization before sitting on the Board.

Board members are not compensated. There are 5 independent voting members of the Board as required (L. Dewey, B. Wagman, A. Ward, A. Herrell and D. Lemaster).

The Board of Directors for 2017 is as follows:

Laurie 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.

Bruce Wagman is a partner with Schiff Hardin in San Francisco, with an almost exclusive animal law focus, involving litigation, education, legislative counseling, and consultation. Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations and private individuals. He is a co-editor of the casebook Animal Law, and coauthor of A Worldview of Animal Law. He has been teaching Animal Law since 1996 and currently teaches at three Bay Area law schools. In the past five years, Bruce has focused much of his time on issues involving wild horses, horse abuse cases, and the slaughter of American horses for food.

Diane L. began riding at age 8, owned her first horse by age 13 and currently runs a boarding/training facility in Virginia. To keep her first horse, Diane became a working student at a boarding barn and training facility. For over 15 years she has managed a 100-acre farm she and her husband own. The facility offers summer camps, riding lessons, boarding, events, and training. Diane is also experienced with personally rescuing horses, mostly off-the-track racehorses, for over 15 years. These horses were rescued, rehabilitated, evaluated training-wise, and adopted to qualified homes. She has numerous connections in the Virginia horse community.

Adam Ward has a history of supporting charitable causes including horse rescue. His work with computerized satellite imagery and other technologies helps Front Range Equine Rescue with computer and database needs. He and his wife enjoy the company of two rescue cats. Adam pitches in at Front Range’s facilities when needed and assisted with the relocation from CO to FL.

Amber Herrell has over 10 years’ experience in the horse rescue industry and operates a rescue in Colorado at her family’s farm. She has a proven history of rescue, rehab, training evaluation, and successful adoption services as well as networking with similar organizations to aid more at-risk horses. Ms. Herrell has assisted FRER with removing horses from the slaughter pipeline since 2007.

Click here for 2015 Board meeting minutes.

Advisory Board

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.

Marion 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 29 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.

Equine Veterinary Services

Calhan Veterinary Clinic is a mixed-animal practice proudly serving the Calhan community and surrounding area. Dr. Robert DeAngelo, a graduate of Colorado State University, offers care in small and large animal medicine and surgery. Calhan Veterinary Clinic has partnered with Front Range Equine Rescue to offer discounted services for gelding and dental care as well as owner assistance programs during difficult economic times.

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 20 years. He enjoys working on lameness, performing equine dentistry, treating major horse injuries, and doing surgery. Dr. Parker has teamed up with Front Range Equine Rescue to offer discounted dental and gelding services as well as assistance to horse owners during tough economic times.

Horse Rescue Staff

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, and managing for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

Front Range Equine Rescue has employed part-time barn workers in the past. Front Range Equine Rescue currently employs a farm manager (FL location).

Volunteers / Visitors

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Marion with campers

Volunteers: are utilized on an as-needed basis, primarily May to Oct in Colorado to assist with stall/pen/corral cleanings, grooming, and at events. There are some opportunities for volunteering at the Virginia foster farm in the summer months. There are no volunteer opportunities at the FL farm at this time. Sorry no “last minute” requests.

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

Due to liability, safety, the nature of horse rescue work, and insurance requirements, any volunteer or visitor must be scheduled in advance; no drop-ins allowed.

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