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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Administrative Staff
 
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Allison Cherkosly, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Josh Kaplan

Chief Operating Officer

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Cheryl Martin

Director of External Affairs

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Steve Houghton

Program Advisor

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Abby Gantt

Program Advocate

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Grace Smith

Program Assistant

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Program Staff

Suzanne Berger

Equine Connection Coach & Equine Trainer

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Steve Mooney

Veteran Program Facilitator

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 David Younce

Veteran Program Facilitator

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Tim Jones

Equine Connection Coach & Equine Trainer

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Felipe Moon

Veteran Program Facilitator

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Emily Cooper

Equine Connection Coach & Equine Trainer

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Our Board Members
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Brian Spearman

Chairman of the Board

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R. Matt Davis

Chairman-Elect and Treasurer

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Robert Murphy

Board Member

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Kendra Rubin

Board Member

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Founding Board Members
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Anne Campbell

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Paul Oreffice

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James H. Price III (Jim)

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Pamela J. Fall, M.D.

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Tina Mott

Board Member

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Board Member

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Founding Member

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Our Locations
 

Upstate New York

Saratoga WarHorse's headquarters and original site 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 town of Aiken is home to many Veterans and Service Members from the nearby Fort Jackson and Fort Gordon, making it the perfect place for Saratoga WarHorse’s first satellite location which was launched in 2014. Since then, Saratoga WarHorse has helped nearly 500 Veterans and Service Members through the Aiken program, most of whom reside in the Central Savannah River Area. This location has also helped nearly 50 retired Thoroughbred racehorses peacefully transition off the track and find their forever homes.

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Baltimore County, Maryland

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. In May 2018, Saratoga WarHorse launched its 3rd location in Cockeysville, MD. The Saratoga WarHorse Baltimore County location partners with Foxie G Foundation to deliver the program to Veterans-in-need.