The directors and officers of SCTR are entirely volunteer - unpaid - and SCTR is also assisted by a number of additional volunteers and caretakers, as well as a some (small) independent contractors including two professional trainers, farriers, veterinarians, etc. The information here on our people is current as of August 1, 2021.
As a child, Laure was fascinated with horses. Riding whenever possible (and not as often as she would have liked), led to a determination to one day own a horse (or two, or three).
Laure completed a 4-year combined Master's and Bachelor's degree in Cellular and Developmental Biology at Harvard University where she also competed on their arena polo team (which was a bit of a shock after riding dressage for years). She completed her DVM in 1997 at the University of California at Davis and dabbled in dressage and jumping.
She now owns an OTTB and has managed to cajole some of her friends into adopting thoroughbreds as well.
John Chun became interested in the welfare of horses after watching Barbaro break down in the first few seconds of the 2006 Preakness. In the succeeding weeks, he started following Barbaro's recovery and progress and learned more about horses and horse racing. Donating and interacting with various rescue organizations educated him on some of the things involved in doing such work. In addition, he began writing to Congress about getting legislation passed to outlaw the practice of horse slaughter, and to petition various race tracks to encourage them to do more to provide for the care of retired race horses.
John provides tax and financial accounting services for SCTR, is responsible for submitting our IRS and state tax paperwork and providing tax receipts for donors, donates his photography for SCTR's website and as fundraising items, runs our e-bay auctions and web-store, and assists in all fundraising activities of the organization. John's career away from the horses is in the field of
Information Technology. Over the years, he has worked as a computer programmer and as a business analyst. Currently, he works as a senior business analyst for a large Title and Escrow company.
Jackie Poe (Feenstra) grew up with a deep love of horses; from sun up to sun down the only place she ever wanted to be was with her horses, and over time not much has changed. Her love of riding turned into a passion for hunter/jumpers. She competed on the Arabian circuit with her pure bred Arabian EC Monsoon, but after ten years of showing stopped competitively jumping to attend Chapman University, where she attained a Bachelors degree in Educational Psychology. She currently serves as a director for SCTR while monitoring the care of SCTR's Thoroughbreds in Apple Valley, California and teaches "at risk" children in the Apple Valley school district.
Growing up in the sheltered world of the Arabian shows Jackie was unaware of the devastation the slaughter for human
consumption market in Mexico was having for California’s horses. In 2008 Jackie was asked by SCTR founder Caroline Betts to work a rescue horse named Hasty, and from then on she was hooked; Hasty was so special that the idea animals so precious were being shipped across the border was unimaginable. Now along with many other dedicated volunteers Jackie donates her time and efforts to help protect these amazing animals from an unthinkable fate. Jackie is passionate about these horses and encourages everyone to give a rescue horse a chance - their passion and love never ceases to amaze her.
Megan developed a love for horses as a child after a friend introduced her to riding. She grew up riding as often as she could, and her parents quickly purchased her a pony of her own. After dabbling in several different disciplines, Megan fell in love with hunter/jumpers, competing for years on the Arabian circuit. Even though one of her Arabians was purchased from an auction, Megan never knew the unthinkable fate that awaited many of the auction horses.
In the early years of SCTR, Megan boarded horses for us and identified Thoroughbreds at local auctions. Working with SCTR,
she developed a deep connection with the horses. Megan stepped away from SCTR for a few years to complete her Masters in Education from the University of Redlands. In 2018, Megan came back to SCTR as a Board member working to promote our horses and advocate for OTTBs on our social media accounts.
Laurie Taylor has been around horses her entire life. Raised with her family’s Arabian Horse breeding program, and over the years she has competed Western, Hunter, Saddle Seat, Sport Horse, 4-H, Ghymkhana, Trail, Trail Trials, CTRs, Over Fences, Halter, Sport Horse in Hand, Showmanship, Horsemanship, Parades, Vaulting (earning her bronze medal), and more. These disciplines were with Arabians, Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Thoroughbreds, and many many other breeds and crosses. Laurie also worked on a large breeding ranch, and has her own Arabian Horse breeding program. She enjoys trail riding and camping
with her horses.
Laurie volunteers her time to photograph and videotape SCTR's horses for our website and adoption program, donates the images to SCTR, is a contributor of photography to our fundraisers, and is the creator of our "Still Winners" calendar.
Laurie is a professional equine photographer, and owner of TMA Photography.
Caroline Betts is the founder of SCTR. Caroline began riding horses at approximately age seven when growing up in Surrey, England, and has experience in multiple equestrian disciplines including dressage, hunt-seat, and field hunting. She developed an early interest in horse showing and racing, and formerly partnered with a spouse in a small Thoroughbred racehorse production business after moving to California in 1994. Since 2007, upon becoming aware of the sad demise in Mexican slaughter plants of many southern California Thoroughbreds left at local auction lots, Caroline has attended and monitored Thoroughbred consignments at local auctions, began rescuing Thoroughbreds at auction initially as a volunteer for Tranquility Farm, and founded SCTR in June of 2008.
Caroline holds a full-time research and teaching position as a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at USC, having earned a BA (Hons.) in Economics at University of Durham in 1987, an MA from Queens University, Canada in 1990, and a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 1994.
Caroline stepped down as President in May of 2018.