Jon with Butler

Jon with Butler

Equine manager - mariposa

JON KASIK

Jon spent a year working at a prestigious show barn in Los Angeles learning EVERY aspect of horse care.  He has a profound love and knowledge of horses and works his butt off every day to make sure that they are looked after and that all their different needs are met.  Jon is also on the board of Skydog Sanctuary and helps make all the decisions about the care of the horses here and the running of the ranch.   He knows every horse here better than anyone and is in charge of keeping Skydog Malibu running smoothly and efficiently with great pride and an amazing attitude.

Anybody who has ever been to Skydog Malibu or Oregon always says what a great asset he is to our team.  He goes above and beyond for the horses AND the people who come and visit them.

 

 Barkley the Great Dane

Barkley the Great Dane

Barkely is a hugely important part of our team.  He is the first to approach new arrivals and make them feel welcome and will lay down in front of them to show he is submissive.  He also gives great hugs to all the donkeys and mules at Skydog.   Any of them could kick him away if they didn't like it but they absolutely adore him and come to see him when he hops out of the feeding cart in the morning.

Barkley has become as famous as the horses here and many visitors come just to meet him and have their picture taken with him.  He works hard and is very punctual and never misses a day with the horses at Skydog and for that we are very grateful

 

 Clare and her quad

Clare and her quad

ranch MANAGER - oregon and malibu

ClARE STAPLES-READ 

Being President and Founder of Skydog does not prevent Clare from mucking in (quite literally).  She is very hands on with all the horses that come to the Sanctuary and her many years of experience with wild horses has enabled her to gentle and halter train a lot of the wilder horses that come here.  She also helps feed, muck, clean, fix fences, haul, and keep an eye on the weight and condition of all the horses  Clare also keeps our social media current as well as answering the countless messages we get here about mustangs in need or danger.   There is not an aspect of the ranch that Clare does not involve herself in and wouldn't have it any other way.  

 

 Chris giving Little Girl a gentle hug after she was rescued from a Mexican Rodeo in California

Chris giving Little Girl a gentle hug after she was rescued from a Mexican Rodeo in California

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christopher Polk Read

Chris is possibly the most important person at Skydog.  He is the man that helped make Clare's vision a reality when he bought Skydog Ranch with her to turn into a Mustang Sanctuary.  He loves all the animals at Skydog but is particularly attached to Jagger and the black lambs LALA Baby Girl  and LuLu lamb who follow him everywhere he goes when he is at the sanctuary.  We are grateful to him everyday for all that he does. 

Recently Chris spent weeks gentling his first wild mustang Lewis up at Skydog Oregon and learned so much from the incredible experience.

 

 Samantha and Gypsy Rose 

Samantha and Gypsy Rose 

SAMANTHA DETRICK

Samantha has years of experience in taking care of horses.  She has worked as a horse program manager at several barns and ranches and is highly experienced.

Sam keeps eyes on our herd's health and well being and helps keep  records on all the horses here at Skydog.   She keeps notes on shots, worming and feet care and does daily checks on all the horses to monitor weight and health.

Sam is in charge of horses in the barn and in giving medication where needed and vet care where necessary.  She works alongside our incredible team of vets and then makes sure the treatments are carried out.  

 

 Janelle with Whisper who is Bear and Aerial's foal

Janelle with Whisper who is Bear and Aerial's foal

JANELLE HIGHT

Janelle is our brand new mustang trainer and is also a trained barefoot farrier which is perfect.  She has started off working with our yearlings and already has all five halter broke and leading and picking up their feet.

Our horses live wild but it is the right and responsible thing to do to train the foals while they are young so that they are easy to handle when we need to bring them in.  Janelle will also be working with some of the horses here to just get them better about having their feet done which is crucial.

Janelle has a ton of experience working with wild horses and even has a mustang of her own she has trained.  She has worked at several horse ranches as a wrangler and volunteered at nearby rescues so is the perfect fit at our ranch in Oregon. 

 

 

 Katie Witt and Chesney

Katie Witt and Chesney

KATIE WITT

Katie started volunteering at Skydog Malibu and is now employed full time to help us set up and handle all the correspondence and extra administration for Skydog Mariposa.

When she is not sitting at her computer she is back volunteering and helping take care of the horses that have started arriving at the new ranch.  

Katie is an amazingly skilled and much loved member of the Skydog Team

 

Nicholas

Nick is our new Assistant Ranch Manager at our facility in Mariposa.  He has years of experience running ranches and particularly horse facilities similar to ours.  

He has already settled in taking care of our 20 horses who have arrived at the new ranch and are doing great.  Nicholas works alongside Jon Kasik in setting up the new place and they are both hard at work changing the fencing and adding pastures for our special needs horses and making a gorgeous area for our smaller rescued animals.  Hopefully you will meet him when we open officially at Mariposa and you come visit x

 

 

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Ethan with Whisper

 

ETHAN OUELLETTE

Ethan has been a great member of the Skydog Oregon team this Winter.  He has experience working on many ranches and is a wizard at running fence and has a huge amount of experience around horses and has his own horse at home. 

He has also worked as a volunteer fireman which is a great asset to us with regard to fire protection at our large property.   Ethan is very handy with a chain saw and also works with the guys to keep the trees down and allow water to flow to the ranch.

He is so kind, gentle and loving with all or our horses and treats them as if they were his own.  Ethan has proven to be a reliable, hard working and dedicated member of Team Skydog Oregon.

 

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WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR TEAM

If you like what we are doing, love mustangs, and want to be considered to join our team either in Oregon or Malibu we would love to hear from you.

 

Email us at clareskydog@yahoo.com and let us know who you are and what you think you could bring to the job.  We love hearing from horse loving people who want to make this a career.