Erin McCracken oversees the evaluation and placement of the rescue horses at Saddlebred Rescue. Also a trainer at North Wind Stables, Erin has worked, tutored and shown under North Wind trainer Nealia McCracken for over 20 years. Erin had a successful junior exhibitor career in Equitation, placing consistently in Top 10 Finals may times. She continued that success as an adult before landing in her current role as a professional trainer and placement manager for Saddlebred Rescue.
Nealia McCracken brings an incredible amount of experience and passion to Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. She began as an amateur owner of American Saddlebreds before opening North Wind Stables in 1985 in Illinois, later moving the operation to New Jersey. Nealia has trained many successful riders at all levels, from local and state champions to national and World’s Champions in Equitation, Pleasure Performance and Driving. She is also known as one of the most successful trainers of American Saddlebreds for the Western Pleasure division.
Nealia has tirelessly dedicated her spare time to the promotion of the American Saddlebred and horses in general, often speaking at conventions and organizing events such as barn tours to provide an opportunity to experience Saddlebreds up close. In late 2005, she decided to give back by purchasing American Saddlebred horses that had reached the slaughter pipeline from the country’s largest horse auction, located in eastern Pennsylvania.Within months, and with co-founders Christy Parker and Pat Johnson, Saddlebred Rescue Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established to help horses in need. The organization has since been awarded the USEF’s “Heroes for Horses Award” and has saved and placed for adoption over 1,600 horses.
In 2009, after many years in International and Corporate Banking, Mark assumed the position of president position at the rescue, taking over from Christy Parker. He oversees fundraising, administration and compliance along with the rescue's attorney and accountants.