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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.

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Founder and Director of Veteran Program


Bob Nevins


bob@saratogawarhorse.com


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

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Director of Equine Development and Lead Instructor


Melody Squier


melody@saratogawarhorse.com


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.

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Executive Administrator/Program Coordinator


Janelle Schmidt


janelle@saratogawarhorse.com


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.

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Business Services


Mary Price


mary@saratogawarhorse.com


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.

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Development and Marketing Services


Beth Ledy


beth@saratogawarhorse.com


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.

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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.

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Photographer


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.


http://sharoncastrophotography.com

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Aiken Chapter

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Co-Chair Buckaroo Ball


Bill Reynolds


Bill is co-chair with Anne Campbell of the Saratoga WarHorse Aiken Buckaroo Ball. The gala will take place February 27, 2015 and will raise funds to cover expenses for veterans suffering from PTS attending the SWH Connection Process in Aiken. His deep commitment to the Aiken community and concerns for veterans provides Bill with great resources for Saratoga WarHorse.

Julie Robins

Equine Instructor - Aiken


Julie Robins


Julie is a gifted instructor and a life long horse lover. In 2005, Julie founded Aiken Horsemanship Academy where she shares her methodology through classes, training and lessons. Her mission through AHA is to develop confident riders and well-behaved horses prepared to excel in any discipline.
Julie has worked with including Women Beyond Cancer, STAR Therapeutic Riding, Aiken Equine Rescue, and has appeared on HorseCity TV.

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Management Services- Aiken


Mary Katherine Philipp


Mary Katherine Philipp is a native of Aiken, SC and has spent most of her life around horses. She has her doctorate of medicine from the Medical University of S. C. specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. MK has worked extensively with veterans and did clinical research involving children with Tourette's syndrome which resulted in several published papers. She feels being part of the Saratoga Warhorse team is an honor and privilege.

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Marketing Services -Aiken


Wendy Collins Gutfarb


After loosing a friend’s family member to PTS upon his return from Iraq, Wendy was inspired to help Saratoga WarHorse. Her broad business experience in advertising and corporate communications, and her graphic design skills is an asset to Aiken’s War Horse effort.

Since graduating Skidmore College, Wendy has returned to Saratoga Springs annually for the August race meet. Being life-long equestrians, Wendy has recently made Aiken home.


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