Board of Directors, Area Director and Advisory Board Members
Meet the People Behind Neigh Savers Foundation, Inc.
Karin Wagner, CEO & Founder
Karin and Calm Agnes
Karin has been associated with thoroughbreds for over fifteen years as an owner. Some years ago she completed her certification as an ESMT (Equine Sports Massage
Therapist). For over 20 years Karin was a partner in a small computer applications consulting firm. She now teaches in her local public school district.
Karin lives in Walnut Creek, CA with her beloved Bernese Mountain dog "Blaze" and recent rescue "Ben."
Nicole Rawnsley Schwartz, Board President
Nicole and Noah
Nicole runs our Somis, CA hunter-jumper and dressage training facility at Kimberlee Farms as well as being a liaison
with the southern California tracks. Nicole’s background has been Hunter/Jumpers and dressage with starting young horses.
She has five years of specialty veterinary, equine and emergency/critical care experience. Recently Nicole showed rescue "Stone Cold Angel
- Noah" in his first dressage show, in which he won both classes. Nicole’s passion is to gracefully and successfully transistion thoroughbreds
into second careers. Nicole created the concept of the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series and is mangaing the series under the umbrella
of CARMA and the Siegel Endowment Fund. Nicole lives in Agoura Hills, CA with numerous rescue dogs, twins Sammy & Ana Rose, stepson Matthew and her husband, Rick.
Dr. Charles A. Strickland, DVM, Director
Dr. Strickland is a graduate of UC Davis and has been the primary veterinarian and chief medical consultant to Neigh Savers
for several years now. Dr. Strickland is a specialist in Equine Sports Medicine as well as Equine Dentistry. He resides in the East Bay
with his wife and 2 children. We recently named a horse in honor of "Chuck" -- an 18 year old gelding we rescued from a feed lot in Fallon, NV
that now lives in beautiful equestrian Somis, CA.
Ingrid Nuernberg, Director
Ingrid and Feel the Rush
Ingrid began attending the races at Santa Anita Park with her parents at the age of eight. Early on, she developed a system of handicapping that consisted of pick
ing the horse with the prettiest name; a system she still uses, with some degree of success, to this day.
Ingrid would like it known that the only girl scout merit badge she ever earned was the horsewoman badge. Ingrid works
in the entertainment business in Los Angeles and is a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild). She lives in North Hollywood, California with her cats Chaplin & Gambit.
Hon. Chris Willmon, Director
Chris and Suicidal Blonde
Chris has had a life-long interest in horses. She is an accomplished rider and honed her riding skills while studying at university in Ireland.
As an attorney and now a judge Chris brings a wealth of experience to the Board, particularly with respect to our legal contracts and agreements.
Chris resides in Riverside, California with her best friend Lynda and their cherished cats.
Jessica Boyd, Director
Jess with her beloved Calabar
Jessica brings a strong background (15+ years) in advertising and marketing to the team, as well as her writing skills
and ability to navigate social media with grace and diplomacy. She has been publishing her own blog--Spotty Horse News--since 2006
and writes a regular column for The Sonoma County Horse Journal called "Spitting Sand--A Learner's Journey."
Upon joining the Neigh Savers team, she was quickly tasked with helping maintain the blog and Facebook page to
help grow our online footprint and social media presence.
Jessica has not been riding since birth and disagrees vehemently with those who say OTTBs are only for experienced riders.
It's not always easy, but Calabar continues to teach and challenge her to be a better rider and horsewoman.
She firmly believes--and will say so loudly--that Off-Track Thoroughbreds are smart, athletic and versatile enough to do any discipline.
Jessica and Calabar prefer trail riding in beautiful Northern California over arena work, but do have a goal to chase cows in the near future.