Debra West is a seasoned professional and horsewoman with an authentic love for animals and a true passion for protecting the vulnerable. She acquired the property known as Liberty Ranch in 2015 and lovingly developed it with her husband, Scott Horner, creating an infrastructure to accommodate animals in need. This was the foundation of Liberty Sanctuary which she founded in 2022 after identifying America’s Forgotten Equines as a population in great need of relief, protection and advocacy. 92.3% of equines sent to slaughter are mostly healthy according to the USDA.
“Our goal is to help save equines from the slaughter pipeline by bailing them out of kill pens and transporting them to our Utah ranch where we can vet them, care for them and work to build trust so they can have a chance at fulfilling lives. We are on the horse’s timetable – trust is built slowly and steadily. Our dedicated group of volunteers are tireless in their passion and work ethic helping to care for the animals. The eventual goal is to rehome some into qualified and caring forever homes,” Debra explained. “The American Equine is an icon of freedom, a partner in developing this country. We owe the horse a lot and the mistreatment and slaughter of these gracious animals is abhorrent and simply must end.”
Always an animal lover, Debra moved to Utah from the east coast over 20 years ago where she left a career in marketing. She has enjoyed working for companies like Warner Records, BMG, Viacom, Sony Music, Mark Burnett Productions and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. She has also contributed to a variety of local nonprofits before launching Liberty Sanctuary. Debra is an enthusiastic and versatile professional and has had the opportunity to work with a range of respected colleagues from artists to C-suite executives.
At home in the mountains, Debra enjoys life with her husband and animals, skiing, and exploring
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As a child, Alesia had the pleasure of owning a horse and dogs which fostered her love for animals and the great outdoors. It’s her outgoing personality, love for animals, our mountain environment and people that have made Lesi stand out at Liberty Sanctuary. Her positive attitude, determination, care for the rescues and the people here have made her a perfect team leader for volunteers to emulate. Alesia and her family recently made beautiful Heber City their home with the incredible opportunity to purchase and reside in her beloved grandparents' house which holds cherished memories from her childhood. In her free time, you'll find Lesi spending time with her husband and two amazing children or exploring the enchanting trails of nature accompanied by her loyal canine companion. These scenic hikes connect Lesi to the mountains and replenish her soul. Alesia immensely values quality time with her family and friends, enjoying memorable moments and fostering connections. She has always strived to maintain a positive and uplifting work environment. Being kind and spreading positivity are core values that she holds dear and are the foundation of her role to manage volunteers, and build connections and community at Liberty Sanctuary. Before moving to Heber City, Alesia successfully worked as an office manager and bookkeeper. We all benefit from Alesia’s sunny approach to any task and are so grateful for her leadership and commitment to making Liberty a rewarding place to volunteer.
Amber is responsible for managing relationships with corporate sponsors and key stake holders. She was born and raised in Arizona where she spent every possible moment exploring the outdoors. After graduating design school and starting her career she retreated to the mountains of Heber City, UT. She has worked in the outdoor industry for years building top quality products and brand recognition for companies like Kuhl. She believes the best things in life come from patience, passion and freedom. She enjoys spending her free time relaxing at her cabin with her daughter, two pups and bunnies. Her favorite hobbies are shed hunting, camping and archery. She has had a passion for horses and animals her whole life and is thrilled to be a part of Liberty Sanctuary. She feels these moments at the ranch are truly life changing and we are fortunate to have her share her passion and talents with us.