WHO WE ARE

Our Mission:

To improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress by providing a healing, equine-assisted experience utilizing off-the-track Thoroughbreds.

​Organization Overview:

Saratoga WarHorse Foundation is a veteran-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving military veterans and service members living with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) throughout the United States. Our participants’ trauma is most often a result of combat experiences, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and/or transitioning from military to civilian life. We help  these veterans to move past their trauma by partnering them with rescued and retired off-the-track Thoroughbred racehorses. We refer to our innovative approach to addressing PTS as the “Connection Process.”

Saratoga WarHorse has received numerous awards and accolades recognizing its innovative approach for helping veterans with PTS. The VFW, American Legion, and numerous military medical centers have endorsed the Saratoga WarHorse program and highlighted it in numerous
publications. A case study by Advances in Mind-Body Medicine (2013) stated:

“The [Saratoga WarHorse] Connection Process creates an environment of mutual trust between man and horse. The benefits are profound: A sense of empowerment, decreased anxiety and depression, improved physical and social functioning… and increased resilience sustained over a 3-
month period and beyond.”

There is absolutely NO cost for veterans to participate. Saratoga WarHorse covers the entire cost of transporting veteran participants from anywhere in the United States and U.S. territories, as well as: lodging, meals, and program instruction. We are 100% funded by charitable contributions.

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Managing Team
 

Allison Cherkosly, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

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Mary Katherine Philipp, M.D.

Director of Program

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Daniella Nordin

Director of Outreach

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Kristen Handler

Asst. Director of Administration

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Program Staff

Raymond Boyea

Veteran Program Facilitator

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Steve Houghton

Veteran Program Facilitator

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Josh Kaplan

Veteran Program Facilitator

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Gary Thibodeaux

Veteran Program Facilitator

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Suzanne Berger

Equine Connection Coach & Equine Trainer

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Tim Jones

Equine Connection Coach & Equine Trainer

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Caroline Mulstay

Equine Connection Coach & Equine Trainer

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Julie Robins

Equine Connection Coach

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Our Board Members

Brian Spearman

Chairman of the Board

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Paul Oreffice

Vice Chairman

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James H. Price III (Jim)

Secretary

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Jim Pabis

Treasurer

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R. Matt Davis

Board Member

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Robert Murphy

Board Member

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Rolf Turnquist

Board Member

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Our Locations
 

Upstate New York

Saratoga WarHorse's headquarters and original location are located in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Saratoga Springs is famous for world-class horse racing, and home to one of the oldest race tracks in the country. Saratoga WarHorse partners with ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption (“ReRun”) in our New York location. ReRun is the largest Thoroughbred adoption program in the Northeast U.S. and rescues more Saratoga racehorses than any other charity.

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Aiken, South Carolina

The Equine Rescue of Aiken, a beautiful 80-acre farm, recognized the important healing connection between Veteran and horse, and graciously opened its facility at no cost to Saratoga WarHorse. Aiken Equine Rescue rescues retired racehorses along with all other equine breeds.

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Baltimore County, Maryland

In May 2018, Saratoga WarHorse launched its 3rd location in Cockeysville, MD. Since 2013, dozens
of Baltimore County veteran law enforcement personnel, correctional officers, and first responders
have attended the Saratoga WarHorse program. Their enthusiasm and belief in the program led to
the creation of this location. The Saratoga WarHorse Baltimore County location partners with Foxie
G Foundation to deliver the program to veterans-in-need.

Saratoga WarHorse Foundation
P.O. Box 461, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
P: (518) 886-8131

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