“Prevent A Rescue”

“At the point that you realize you have to save them, its already too late. In order to understand the problem, you must examine its evolution." -Robin Gilliam, MS, Volunteer

Kenneth Lian, DVM, MS - President/Co-Founder
Dr. Lian graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Prior to that, he received his Baccalaureate of Science in Biology and Master's of Science in Molecular Biology from UCLA. He has over thirty years of experience working with thoroughbreds including shoeing, endurance riding, breeding and racing. For a more extensive bio, please click here.

Sheryl Fulop, DVM, MS - Vice President/Co-Founder
Dr. Fulop graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Prior to that, she received her Baccalaureate of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA and Master's of Science in Cellular Biology from California State University at Northridge. She has over thirty years of experience working with thoroughbreds including endurance riding, breeding and racing. For a more extensive bio, please click here.

Bob Ferber
Bob is a retired prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and helped create the first animal welfare prosecution unit in the country. He has sat on many boards for cat/dog rescue organizations and is currently the vice-president of a well known animal welfare foundation. He also been involved in humane education, using his own rescue animals to teach violence prevention.

Theresa Black
Theresa performed in the national show jumping circuit in England. She has a BHSAI status as certified riding instructor by the British Horse Society. Theresa has served as exercise rider, groom and assistant for steeplechase and flat racing in England and US for many well known trainers including Bill Shoemaker, Paddy Gallagher as well as her husband Kenny Black. 

Tracy Wachbrit - Volunteer Director
Tracy started working at the track at the age of seventeen. Her time with the thoroughbreds behind the scenes fueled her interest in the sport and at eighteen, went to study and ride at the Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy in Kentucky. Uppon returning to Southern California, she worked for multiple trainers at the track. She is now a pre-veterinary student at Pierce College.

Kenny Black
Kenny is a third generation horseman. He started in quarter horse match racing at age nine and continued his career as a jockey for 20+ years throughout the U.S. He rode at multiple tracks that included Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and won titles as a leading rider at meets such as Los Alamitos, Wyoming Downs, Bowie MD, and Delaware Park winning an estimated 2500 races. He retired in 2002 and has worked as an exercise rider, stunt double in the movie Sea Biscuit, assistant trainer and trainer.

Larry Damore
Larry has been galloping horses 35+ years, jockey for 5 years, exercise rider for Kentucky Derby and Eclipse Award winners including Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Silver Bullet Day, Point Given, War Emblem, and many other stakes horses mostly for the Baffert barn. Larry has started over a thousand young horses for the track and has been involved with thoroughbreds off the track. He is the Horse Shoe Inspector for Hollywood Park and standby for Santa Anita.

We would like to thank the following people for making their contributions to the organization. Their knowledge has help make this organization possible:

Jerry Lambert
Jerry is a former jockey who won the Hollywood Gold Cup three years in a row on Native Diver (1965-1967). Jerry also beat Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker in the richest match race at that point in American history with 53,575 fans in attendance. He won riding titles at Del Mar Racetrack, Santa Anita Park, Oak Tree Racing Association meet and other race tracks. Jerry is an old school horseman whose knowledge ThoroughbredEd is preserving to educate the younger generations.

Walt Hagman
Walt was Dr. Fulop's and Dr. Lian's mentor during the 80's and 90's. They rode off the track thoroughbreds in the mountains of Southern California and competed in endurance rides. Walt's roots on the South Dakota plains riding and gathering range thoroughbreds are part of the folklore of our nation.

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