Who We Are

We are advocates and strategists. Thinkers and doers. A passionate team with full hearts, helping hands and the vision to rescue horses in Colorado and beyond.



To rescue takes passion. To imagine a better world takes courage. Every day, we choose to keep our eyes, minds and gates open to what’s possible for the betterment of horses everywhere. Because simply said, the status quo is no longer an option.

We are Colorado Horse Rescue, and we believe that it’s up to us — all of us — to create new traditions in the best interest of horses, humans and the partnership we share.

Our Priorities


Imagine a world where no horses fall through the cracks. We see it, and it’s why we actively seek out and take in all types of at-risk horses. We enable owners who have fallen on tough times to rehome their beloved horses without judgement. We also keep our eyes, minds and gates open to horses who would otherwise be sent to slaughter or unsafe conditions via auction or sale.

Our Priorities


Imagine a time where horses are no longer thought of only as tools or sports equipment. We see it, so we help educate the public on responsible horse ownership, engage with our communities to address the issues facing our industry today, and inspire people to invite horses into their lives—as companions, riding horses or other respected roles.

Our Priorities


Imagine a society that empowers every horse to reach their potential. We see it, and we uphold the highest standards of care, rehabilitation and training to help them get there. Complacency isn’t care, so we work to wake up and unite the equine industry to give every horse the life they deserve. We also lead with compassion, providing responsible last acts of kindness to those in need.

Our Priorities


Imagine a culture where every horse is valued. We see it, and every successful adoption brings us closer. Our matching process is strategic by design, creating solid horse-and-human partnerships that last and a return rate that’s remarkably low.

Our Team


Marketing Associate

Self-described horse girl Grace followed her passion all the way to Colorado in 2015 to study Equine Science at Colorado State University. Despite her devoted love for spunky minis and ponies, this California native has shared her life for over ten years with a Painted Quarter Horse named Bandit.


Executive Director

With 20+ years of corporate experience, an MBA from Kellogg, and a heart so big she’d give you the boots off her feet, Katherine leads CHR with confidence and compassion. Even though her favorite colors are black and gray, she’s the proud mom of a beautiful yellow gelding named Prince Caspian. Also, human daughter Cora.


Volunteer Coordinator

Megan comes to CHR from Indiana in a quest to capture her childhood dream of becoming a Cowgirl. Though Volunteer Coordinator is not quite within the same field as Cowgirl, Megan feels that she has found the perfect job to combine her lifelong love of horses with her experience working for non-profits.


Operations Manager

Driven by creativity and opportunity, Rachel has an endless passion for serving the equine community. A lover of hotter horses, Rachel enjoys the bond she shares with her Thoroughbred gelding, Ransome. You can also find Rachel playing in Old Town Erie and spoiling her other four-legged family member, Lab mix named Archer.


Equine Training Manager

With a personality as colorful as a Colorado sunset, Sarah embodies the untamed spirit of the west. Heart filled with love, laughter, and freedom, she gallops into the unknown with arms and mind wide open. Sarah considers herself more than just a horse trainer, rather she is a bridge and messenger for the voiceless.


Adoption Manager

Sharon strives to share her world with caring people, loving corgis and extraordinary equines to fill her heart with joy. With 25+ years among both horses and non-profits, she enjoys long strolls with her gelding Doc, relaxing with a hot drink and a romance novel in hand, and simply living the coziest of cottage lives.


Equine Trainer

Born and raised on fairy tales, Susan is a wannabe dragon tamer but settled for horse whispering. Even though she may exhibit a quiet exterior, you can bet that on the inside she is continually searching for ways to challenge the world around both her and CHR in order to bring their fantasies into reality.


Data and Stewardship Coordinator

As she has aged herself (in Terri's words!), Terri has a special place in her heart for the elderly animals of this world. She added Mandy, a CHR senior to her life in 2016 connecting her to this place in more ways than one. Data, which she has always found fun to poke through, is just the latest and greatest!

Board Of


Dan Burak – President
Donnell Heistand – Treasurer
Jim Czepiel – Secretary
Julie Oelman – Member
Marco Pasquariello-Williams – Member
Angi Primavera – Member
Molly Vaughan – Member


Changing the world is never easy, but together, we can make it happen. See who’s forging ahead alongside CHR.


Potential: unbridled. Check out our 2020 Annual Report to see the strides made by the Rescue this past year.