Jon with Butler

Jon with Butler

Ranch ManagER

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 

Mustang MANAGER

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

SANCTUARY 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

HEAD OF EQUINE CARE AND TRAINING

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!  

 

Colton and Little Girl

Colton and Little Girl

COLTON RITTMILLER

Colton is our resident animal whisperer.  He grew up in Florida and has been living in Southern California as a surfer dude for a couple of years.  Colton had never seen snow before he joined us a couple of months ago but has been an enormous help in taking care of the horses and can turn his hand to anything.  He has always been an animal lover and really has a wonderfully gentle and calming presence that the horses really respond well to.  He is one of the nicest people you could ever meet and all the horses here are lucky to have him on their team.

 

Jax and Anselm Little Boy

Jax and Anselm Little Boy

HEAD OF VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS - MALIBU

JAX ELAINA

Jax is our chief volunteer at Skydog Malibu who continues to be an amazing help in donating her time as well as bringing her friends to help out with the horses at Malibu.  She is reliable and dependable and has consistently turned up week after week to help out with the horses and donkeys at our smaller ranch.  Volunteers have been hard to find so we are so grateful to Jax and her gang for helping out.  After our open day in Oregon we shall be bringing more horses down to Malibu so more volunteers will be much appreciated x

 

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