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Our Team

Saratoga WarHorse founder, Bob Nevins, is a Vietnam veteran who understands the difficulties veterans face long after they return home from service; racehorses face a similar transition after their careers end, making it difficult to find a new purpose.

Through Bob’s vision, Saratoga WarHorse is taking action by becoming an integral part of the solution to the growing problem of emotional wounds suffered by military service men and women. It’s an experience that profoundly changes the lives of both our horses and our veterans.


Founder and Executive Director

Bob Nevins


Bob Nevins served in Vietnam as a medevac pilot for the 101st Airborne, wounded in action in 1971. He also served in the NY National Guard. In 2011 Bob retired from his 24-year career as an airline captain to dedicate his efforts full-time to establishing Saratoga WarHorse Foundation.

Articles on Bob: Saratoga Faces: Bob Nevins, 
Flying to the Rescue


Lead Instructor & Training Director

Melody Squier


Melody Squier, a perpetual student of the horse, developed “Equipoise” natural horsemanship techniques and communication skills to create balance, respect and understanding. Melody is a member of her county Disaster Animal Response Team, Firefighter, Large Animal Technical Rescue team member and an Animal Cruelty Investigator and instructor. The State of Vermont appointed her to the Livestock Care Standard Advisory Council in 2010. Melody has been with the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation since its inception.


Executive Administrator/Program Coordinator

Janelle Schmidt


Janelle Schmidt has provided administrative and technical support in the business and education sectors for 24-plus years. She is a long-time admirer of horses. She enjoys spending time on the backstretch of the Saratoga Racecourse working with several trainers and volunteering at Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred retirement farm. Janelle is responsible for the coordination of veteran and class activity as well as overseeing the general administration of Saratoga WarHorse Foundation.


Business Services

Mary Price


Mary Price brings a combination of experience in non-profit business services and an educational background in spiritual care. Mary has over 13 years experience in the areas of accounting, capital project coordination, and financial reporting. In her graduate work, she followed her deep interest in psychology and theology as it relates to grief, trauma, and healing practices. Mary’s primary responsibilities are accounting and financial reporting.


Director of Development and Marketing

Beth Ledy


Beth Ledy brings with her the unique combination of marketing and non-profit equine experience. Beth worked for 25 years in corporate marketing in NYC, for Fortune 500 companies and served on the board of a non-profit equine charity for 10 years. A former dressage and event rider, she continues her passion for horses and philanthropic endeavors through Saratgoa WarHorse. Beth is responsible for fundraising and all marketing efforts.


Veteran Liaison

Brian Austin

Brian Austin is a Vietnam veteran who served as a Platoon Commander in the 1st Marine Division. He was wounded in action in 1968. Brian is now retired from Verizon Communications and serving as Veteran Liaison for Saratoga WarHorse.


Head Veterinarian

Dr. Luis Castro

Luis Castro, DVM is one of the nation’s premier equine veterinarians who has cared for the likes of Kentucky Derby winners Barbaro and Animal Kingdom. He is also vice president of Tiegland, Franklin and Brokken, the largest equine ambulatory practice in the country. Dr. Castro, or a member of his practice, will evaluate the health and well-being of horses before they are accepted into the WarHorse program and provide the veterinarian care and annual physical evaluations of the horses participating in the program.


Medical Advisor

Jon Berg

Dr. Berg served as an Air Force physician in the emergency department of a Combat Theatre Hospital in Iraq. Currently, he enjoys living in Saratoga and works as a physician with a local emergency medical group. Dr. Berg is a Saratoga WarHorse graduate and has joined our staff as Medical Director of Saratoga WarHorse.



Sharon Castro

Sharon Castro is a professional horsewoman/photographer. She exercised horses and managed racing stables for leading trainers throughout the East. Sharon brings not only her photography skills to Saratoga WarHorse, but also actively participates in horse acquisitions and training horses for second/third careers.


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