GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/30/2017
I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Chief Staff Officer:  Sharon Kress
Employees: Full-Time: Part-Time: Volunteers: 10
Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No
Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. All new volunteers receive hands-on training and supervision as needed to ensure safety and that our policies/procedures are followed. Training is done by Sharon Kress, Micaela Formisano (head trainer) and other senior/experienced volunteers. We use a buddy system so no volunteer is working by themselves when handling the rescues. We have a daily chore sheet that documents which identifies the tasks completed by the volunteers on that day including barn chores, grooming, feeding, training, etc. We currently do not have any paid volunteers.
Board meetings per year: 4
Number of Board Members: 4 Number of Voting Board Members: 4
Is Board Chair compensated? No Is Treasurer compensated? No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated? No
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No
Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts? Yes
1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100
2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
Adult horsemanship classes, the "Saddle Club" an approved ASE Elementary School program, Leadership/Mentoring internships for high school students, horse & rider tag sales to generate awareness and income, foster-training programs, public & private tours, charity partners at horse shows and other events such as The Victory Cup, and rehabilitation & adoption programs.
3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1
4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals.
5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses? No
1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect
to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable),
ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and
condition of the horses accepted by your organization.
1.) RESCUE. Our Farm Equine Rescue saves at-risk horses who are suffering from abuse, neglect, and abandonment, as well as viable horses who have been trapped in the slaughter pipeline. We
rescue horses and ponies from owner-surrender, seizure, feedlot auctions and kill buyers. We are
making great strides in educating the public (and the equestrian community) about the plight of the
unwanted horse, and what we ALL can do to improve it, to save lives and to prevent tragic, inhumane deaths of horses that were once someone’s companion, riding partner, athlete, and family member.
Our rescues come in all shapes and sizes, the young and the old, the trained and untutored — none of which deserved the precarious and often near-death situations that Our Farm has saved them from. These are all horses worthy of love, compassion, and a future.
We are passionate about what we do and have had great results. The rescue program we have
developed is successful. Attached are “before and after” photos and profiles of a few of our rescues to show the transformation. We have a top-notch team of veterinarians, farriers, trainers, advisors, and volunteers. Our rescues are initially transported to our quarantine facility and evaluated by our
veterinarians, and are then observed and treated for 30 days. After the 30 day period, the horse
receives another veterinarian health and behavioral assessment before being released into our healthy-horse barn.
2.) REHABILITATE. Our main focus is the rehabilitation of viable horses and ponies. We put our efforts into the training/re-training of each rescue so they become desirable for adoption into a loving “forever” home. This program includes establishing/improving ground manners, conditioning, and assessing a horse’s previous training and providing topnotch resources to improve horses under-saddle skills, be it for english, western, trail riding, etc. We have two trainers who volunteer several hours a week,
providing training and advising and implementing care protocols. The founder, Sharon Kress is also an accomplished hunter/jumper rider and additional professional trainers are available to assist as needed. Our Farm also utilizes therapeutic resources as needed such as chiropractic, saddle-fitting, magna-wave PEMF treatment, farrier and a Purina Mills feed nutritionist to help address any issues the horse may be suffering from.
Time spent rehabilitating each rescue varies as each horse receives a custom program developed specifically to meet their needs. For example, Our Farm has developed a Foster-Trainer program, a first of its kind, in which professional trainers take one of our rescues into their barn for evaluation and training. One of our rescues, Barney, was treated in this way: An area trainer agreed to start his
training and boarded him at her training establishment. Within 40 days, not only did Barney learn the basics of riding, learning to walk, trot, canter, as well as some elementary jumping — he also received hands-on TLC and socialization by the many people who ride at that barn. The trainer and her clients were so taken with Barney that he has since been adopted by one of their clients.
3.) REHOME (Foster & Adoption Programs). Once we deem the horse healthy, fit, safe to handle, and have determined which sort of owner and home would best suit the individual, we then offer the horse/pony for adoption. Our Farm has established a thorough adoption process and application, which includes references and onsite inspections before and after adoption takes place. Our Farm has first right to take the horse back should the owner be no longer able to care or to want the horse. The owner cannot resell the horse without consent of and involvement by Our Farm, as Our Farm remains a legal advocate for the horse for the duration of its life. We also offer a foster program for rescues who may take longer to adopt. The foster program ensures our horses are well taken care of, receive an abundance of TLC, while creating more space at our facility to rescue another horse.
2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase,
auction sale, retirement).
To date our rescue horses have been forced owner surrender and saved from kill buyers as a last resort to prevent them from going to slaughter in Canada.
3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization.
Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives
you have to attract potential adopters.
Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses
that need to be retired.
Horses leave when they are adopted or fostered. Our adoption application is extremely detailed and the applicant is interviewed in person, location of where horse will live is seen/approved, and follow up visits are executed. Our Farm has the right to take back a horse if the agreement is broken in any way. Our Farm also has first right of refusal and must be notified if the adopter cannot care or no longer wants the horse. They cannot change ownership without written consent from Our Farm. Adoption application is available as requested. If a horse needs to be retired we would look for a sanctuary or appropriate place for them - otherwise they stay at Our Farm. Euthanasia is only considered (and has yet to be done) as a last and final resort for a sick or unmanageable horse.
4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination,
test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.).
Coggins tests are mandated prior to intake of horse. All rescues go into a 30-day (vet approved) quarantine - either onsite or with another approved facility. Veterinarian examines rescue horse within first 48 hours to assess any health and/or behavioral issues. Veterinarian comes back as needed within the 30 days for any treatment and re-evalutes the rescue horse at the end of the 30 days to approve its release into the main barn.
5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your
horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule.
Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses
and horses with serious issues.
Horses are routinely examined by veterinarian. Dental is checked at least once a year. Vaccinations and worming schedules are executed with veterinarian input/recommendation. Purina representative also comes to help assess the best feed plan for our rescues and comes periodically to check on horses weight and health. As of now we are a part of the Home For Every Horse program sponsored by Purina and have had great success with our feeding program to get horses back to optimum weight, healthy coats and hooves. We feed ample good quality hay. Farrier also plays a critical role as many of our rescues come in with poor hooves.
6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization
will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse
Euthanasia is only considered when all other treatments and resources have been considered/executed. Most importantly we always do what is in the best interest of the horse. We would consider euthanizing a healthy but difficult horse only if they were a danger to themselves or other horses/humans and there were no other options to improve the circumstance onsite or with another trainer.
7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your
care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt,
donate, sell, etc. a horse:
We have a strict no-breeding policy in our adoption application/contract. At this time we also do not accept stallions as we share our space with other private trainers/boarders. If/when we get our own facility we would accept a stallion only if we can promptly geld them or have a safe/separate place for them away from mares.
We have not yet had any rescued mares who were in-foal and do not have a written policy in place yet for how long they would be kept together. This will be decided based on the situation and with input from our veterinarian.
8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical
9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? NA
10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction?
11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA
12. Does your organization place horses in foster care?
13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and
monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space
We have a separate Foster application which is similar to our adoption application. We interview foster home and do onsite inspection prior to releasing the horse. We also have the right to check on horse at anytime without advanced notice.
14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Over $1,500
15. Adoption Fee Policies
Adoption fees may vary depending on species.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine age.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine type.
Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness.
16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
Our organization approves of this concept.
17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:
This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.
Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1.
Location 1 of 1
Stony Creek Farm
172 Baxter Road North Salem NY 10560
1. Facility General Questions
1. Name of Contact: Sharon Kress
2. Contact's Phone: 203-496-2854
3. Contact's Email: email@example.com
4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Use
5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Stony Creek Farm, 172 Baxter Road, North Salem, New York, 10560
Contact: Carol Molony 914-669-5683 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No. Yes
7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement?
Start date: November 15, 2016 End date: TBD We work closely with the owner/manager and are welcome to stay long-term as long as the facility meets our needs as a rescue. We have 30-day written agreement if either party wants to end the agreement.
8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated..
Our Farm leases dry stalls from the facility. Additionally we have use of all riding rings, turnout, wash stalls, private office, equipment, dumpster, etc. The owner is compensated monthly based on a discounted fee per stall used.
9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? No
10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 1.
2. Facility Horse-Related Questions
1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 9
2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 10 medical paddocks with all weather footing and 6 large grass turnout fields. All have wood fencing. There is an indoor and outdoor arena - both are enclosed. We are leasing 12 x 12 box stalls in two small barns with tack room and office space. There are no run-in sheds. We also have direct access to miles of trails as well.
3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
Horses are turned out in medical paddocks for a few hours and then get switched to the grass fields. We have designated time to use these turnouts. Each horse gets 3-5 hours turned out -- weather permitting. If weather is bad the horses are turned out or longed in the indoor arena.
4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 4
5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
Training and riding are done in both the indoor and outdoor arenas. Both have premium all weather footing. The barn where we are at is a top show barn with excellent facilities and footing. Barns have good aisles for grooming and tacking up. There are wash stalls.
6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes
7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable
8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
We have use of a 2-horse trailer as well as a commercial local shipper - Pony Express who is just 2 miles down the road from us and help us if/when needed to transport. He usually donates his services to Our Farm.
10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes
11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
Saddles are fitted by professional saddle fitter if needed, otherwise all tack is assessed by the founder and our trainers to ensure proper fitting and quality. All of our tack is new or lightly used. Either our own or donated. All is high quality leather and carefully inspected before using. We only use gentle snaffle and Happy Mouth bits. We are currently using Antares and Beval saddles.
12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
Each horse has a written bio and photo of them on their stalls. All volunteers are introduced to each horse when they first come. Volunteers are supervised when working with rescues until we feel they are comfortable and familiar enough with the horse to work independently. Founder and head trainer supervise all interaction with the rescues so no mistake can occur.
13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
Horses split their time between being in roomy box stalls, turned out in medical paddock or grass fields or are being longed or ridden. They get plenty of opportunity to exercise as well as rest. If a horse is in recovery due to health reasons they stay in stall or medical paddock and are hand-walked according to veterinarian recommendation.
14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
We feed and are sponsored by Purina/A Home For Every Horse. We currently feed Senior, Strategy Healthy Edge and Enrich. Their representative comes out when we have a new rescue to assess their weight, coat condition and nutritional needs. She then comes out a few times a year to check on all the horses and we adjust any feed/nutritional needs accordingly. We feed high quality hay amply three times a day. Supplements are only used if needed and typically are for coat, hooves, and joints. Each horse is evaluated individually and a custom feed plan is created and monitored by Founder and head trainer.
15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
Working with our Purina representative and veterinarian the rescues are assessed and scored when they first come in. Feed and Nutrition assessment is made after the Henneke Body Condition Score is determined for each rescue. Horses are not exercised until they are deemed healthy and of good weight -- usually this takes 1-3 months if they come in with a low score at which time they are re-evaluated before any formal riding or exercise begins (other than turnout).
16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
We have our own equipment for mucking stalls. Each horse has their own designated water and feed buckets - they are not shared. Dumpster and manure disposal is shared with all boarders at the barn. Dumpster is situated away from the barn and horses and is emptied every two weeks. Horses receive the annual/seasonal vaccinations and de-worming treatments. We have not yet had to remove any carcass. We have contacts for removal based on the experience and recommendation of the barn manager and veterinarian.
17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
Our Farm has several local barns/contacts in the area that can help remove and temporarily house our horses. If any of the barns needed immediate evacuation the horses would be removed and put either in a safe enclosure on the property or temporarily in the indoor or outdoor arenas. The facility is inspected by the fire marshal and barn manager on a regular basis to ensure that all of the fire extinguishers are properly visible and in working condition. No smoking is allowed on the property and garbage is stored safely away from horses. All horses have their halters hooked onto their doors with lead lines attached for easy access in case of an emergency.
18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
There is not a security system but there are 3 employees who live on-site at the barn. Our head trainer lives in an apartment above our stalls and is on-site to do night check and early morning check. She can see and hear what is going on at all times.
19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating
abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
Humane Law Enforcement Division of Westchester 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 email@example.com 914-941-2896/914-941-7797
20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
The Unwanted Horse Coalitation 1616 H Street, NW - 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 202-296-4031 Jennifer Purcell
View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/27/2017
Veterinarian: Dr. Matt Eliott
Clinic Name: New England Equine Street: 2933 New York Rte. 22 City: Patterson State: NY Zip: 12563
Phone: 845-878-7500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)
1. Instructor: Micaela Formisano
3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions
1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 5.
1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 21
1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 22
2016 Horse Inventory
1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. No
Additional explanation:Regarding facility information in 2016 we were at a total of three different locations. The first we were there just for winter months of January 1 - April 1. The second location we were at from April 1 - November 15 and the current location from November 15 - present day.
4 2-a. Total number of horses on January 1, 2016.
+ 7 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.
+ 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.
11 = Total of 2a-2c
- 4 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.
- 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.
- 2 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.
6 = Total of 2d-2f
5 2-g. Total number of horses on December 31, 2016.
5 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.
2016 Horse Care Costs
$14400 Feed (Grain/Hay).
$780 Manure Removal.
$2000 Medications & Supplements.
$10500 Horse/Barn Supplies.
$0 Horse Care Staff.
$0 Horse Training.
$1200 Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$51305 2016 Total Horse Care Costs
2070 Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.
$25 Average cost per day per horse: $25
Question 3 ($51,305 ) divided by Question 4 (2070).
188 Average length of stay for an equine: 188 days
Question 4 (2070) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (11).
Additional explanation:Regarding facility information in 2016 we were at a total of three different locations. The first we were there just for winter months of January 1 - April 1. The second location we were at from April 1 - November 15 and the current location from November 15 - present day.
4. Self Assessment
I. Facility & Grounds
1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time
4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time
1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time
2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time
3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time
4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time
5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time
6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes
7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses?
8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-All of the time
8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All
8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week
8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time
1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time
2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All
3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA
4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All
5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All
6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time
7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week
II. Horse Care
1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 3 months
2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually
3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually
4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week
5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time
6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time
6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)
1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 9
2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 3
3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 20
4. What is the average wait list time? 0 Weeks(Weeks/Months/Years)
5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)
Mounted: 0.00  Un-Mounted: 2.00  Total: 2
6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 1
7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 50%
8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Our Farm offers an afterschool enrichment program that uses our rescues for non-riding horsemanship education. Horses owned by our head trainer are used for the riding lesson component. In addition to the weekly afterschool program we also offer spring break and summer camps. These educational programs are new so the average hours is only estimated for the one afterschool enrichment program. We also offer a Young Leaders program for high school seniors with 2 teenagers currently in the program. Each senior has to complete a 40 hour internship with us and each has 1-2 dedicated rescues they are working with.
1. *Instructor: Micaela Formisano
Stony Creek Farm
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Micaela Formisano has been riding and showing Hunter/Jumpers since she was just a few years old. Micaela currently owns her own business focusing on beginner to advanced levels of Hunter/Jumper and Equitation. She has previous experience re-training OTTB horses too. Micaela has been generous with her time and training of our rescue horses and helping with overall barn management.