Jon with Butler

Jon with Butler

Ranch Hand

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 running smoothly and efficiently with great pride and an amazing attitude.

 

Tyler with Priscilla 

Tyler with Priscilla 

Ranch hand

TYLER SALAS

Tyler originally came to Skydog as our farrier.  When we found out that he had his own love of mustangs and had adopted two orphaned wild foals we knew he was part of the family.  Tyler joined the army at 18 and became an infantryman assigned to Arlington National Cemetery in the prestigious Caisson platoon of the 3d United States Infantry "The Old Guard".   He looked after the horses and spent his spare time learning to become a farrier.   Tyler now works full time looking after our horses as well as fixing fencing, sourcing the best hay in Oregon and driving our tractor!  He is incredible with wild horses and has a huge skill and talent for every aspect of equine care.  We are very lucky to have him on the team.

 

Clare and her quad

Clare and her quad

ranch MANAGER

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 lamb LALA Baby Girl who follows him everywhere he goes when he is at the sanctuary.  We are grateful to him everyday for all that he does. 

 

Jon watching over the horses at Skydog

Jon watching over the horses at Skydog

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JON cristensEn

Our other Jon is our go to for all things ranch AND horse related.  He has managed many ranches and run a number of horse operations.  We knew he was our guy when we saw his photograph sitting on top of Cowboy a five year old Kiger mustang that he rescued at six months old and trained himself.  His resume speaks for itself as he has spent a lifetime caring and loving on horses at a number of facilities.  As well as his equine knowledge and skill Jon can also turn his hand to anything mechanical, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, operating equipment, welding, fabrication, irrigation, fence building, and truck driving are all part of his never ending abilities!  

 

Hector and Rhys at Skydog Malibu

Hector and Rhys at Skydog Malibu

HECTOR ESCOBAR

Hector runs our Malibu Sanctuary and takes care of the 16 horses and 8 donkeys that reside there.  He was raised on a ranch doing all the chores from an early age so there is nothing he doesn't know about running a ranch and the various animals in his care.   He provides very tailored VIP care of these special horses, from giving their medications to putting some away at night and for feeding so that they live a stress free and care free life with us.

Most of the horses at Malibu are very tame and handleable and they act as ambassadors for all the mustangs left sitting in BLM Pens, Kill Pens and running through auctions.  A few of the horses in Malibu have been horribly abused and mistreated either in Mexican Rodeos or by cruel flippers and it is wonderful to have a smaller ranch where these horses can interact with people again in a kind loving and caring environment.   Some of the horses in Oregon who will do better spending the winter in the sunshine of Southern California have already been brought down to the sand and ocean breezes of their new home.

Hector is a wonderful addition to the Skydog Team and his knowledge and experience is invaluable.

 

Kim Hightower and Blue

Kim Hightower and Blue

HEAD OF VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS - MALIBU

KIM HIGHTOWER

Kim is in charge of our volunteer program at Skydog Malibu.  She runs volunteers orientation days Wednesday and Saturday mornings at the Malibu ranch at 10 am.  Kim will assess volunteers after they have filled out our volunteer application forms on the website under GET INVOLVED - VOLUNTEER.  Once Kim has approved you to help out unsupervised you are free to pick a two hour time slot during any of the other days during the week or weekend.  Kim has been the most amazing asset to Skydog offering her time and expertise here over several months.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have her on the team.

 

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Harmoni everett 

Harmoni has worked with Skydog Sanctuary since its conception. She handles correspondence, fund raising matters, manages our PayPal making sure the funds you donate get to our horses for rescues, feeding and vet bills.  Harmoni has always loved animals and nature and grew up in a hippy commune in her native Canada in a Teepee in the woods !

She has had a longstanding love affair with Vinnie our donkey and now is madly in love with Jackson our first ever rescue mustang.  She spends her time in Malibu helping out with all the administration that it takes to run a 501c3 and also volunteers her time to love on our animals.

She may be behind the scenes at Skydog but it takes a village and she is a very important part of our team.  

 

 

 

 

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Here is Yannick and Jazzy having a moment xxxx

YANNICK

Somebody has to pick up poop at Skydog and Yannick is a master of mucking and helping to take care of our horses and other animals.

For most of the day our horses eat and poop and to keep the flies down, particularly in our Malibu Location, we need a team of volunteers and staff to keep the muck to a minimum and to keep filling the dumpster so that there is a constant removal of waste and soggy shavings.

No one person is more important than another to make this sanctuary the beautiful attractive and welcoming place it has become and I am not sure anyone would want to spend as much time here if it were left to get dirty and stinky.  SO Yannick, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for putting your soul and strength into spending hot summer days shovelling sh** - we applaud you for your dedication and for making a difference in these horses lives and ours too.