Our Team

 
 
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Laurie Higgins   Kerley

Founder

Laurie Higgins-Kerley founded the rescue in September of 2012.  She was profoundly changed from the times spent with a small herd of horses who assisted her in the healing of her broken heart after the loss of her husband in 2008. Laurie realized how much horses give just naturally to people, especially when vulnerable and in a broken state. Her insight and reflection ignited a desire to assist them in "their world" - those that needed a second chance, some time to mend, to heal from the hand that life dealt them. It seemed Dove Creek was the perfect place for this to happen. It didn't take her long to gather support and form a board, file a non-profit certification, and get to work! 

 

 

 
 

Frank Castillo

Head Horse Trainer and Ranch Foreman

Frank has spent his life working with horses and cattle and leads Dove Creek Ranch and Equine Rescue efforts daily.  His horsemanship and knowledge have helped many of our rescues rehabilitate and go on to be adopted into safe and loving homes.  We get the experience of watching him fearlessly work with a trembling horse for hours on end, his steady patience guiding the horse to a new way to be and a better life.  Frank brings a tremendous amount of experience as well as creativity to Dove Creek with his uncanny ability to partner with horses and lead them out of trauma into a successful life.