Trevor Howard is an intuitive horseman and teacher. He is passionate about all aspects of horsemanship and takes pride in his work. Early on, Trevor realized there was a better way to be with horses. He is a dedicated student and has invested countless hours in understanding horses and how they think and operate. His work experiences range from teaching private and group lessons, attending and teaching horsemanship clinics, training horses in dressage, eventing and western, starting colts and restarting and continuing horses training. He has a great respect for the time and preparation it takes to get a horse ready for any discipline. While his methods of horsemanship are ever evolving and will be developed over a lifetime. One constant is the focus and intention he puts on building a confident, relaxed horse that is collected both mentally and physically and prepared for a job. In order for this to take place a solid foundation is the key to a horse’s future and comes from hours upon hours of time on the ground, in hand, and under saddle. Trevor is a very mindful horseman and is very skilled in bringing the try out in the horse. "I wouldn't be the horseman or human I am today without the privilege of the horses and dedicated horseman I have learned from," Trevor is a true student, and loves learning, to this day the best teacher remains the horse.
Eric is an equine rehabilitation specialist and runs his company, Equibalance, while serving as Director, Equine Wellness for Liberty Sanctuary. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Utah in 1996. He pursued his passion for animals by obtaining a degree in veterinary technology. Eric's expertise in the field led him to become a teacher and educate veterinary technicians in equine studies and various other classes.
To further expand his knowledge and skills, Eric pursued additional certification as a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP) at the University of Tennessee. This qualification allowed him to specialize in the rehabilitation of horses, utilizing techniques to aid in their recovery and improve their overall well-being.
Outside of his professional life, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors. He finds solace in activities like hiking and camping, appreciating the beauty of nature. One of his cherished companions is his American Quarter horse named "SunnyJack," with whom he shares a deep bond. Additionally, Eric has a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog named "Goose," who is also a beloved member of his family.
We are honored to have Eric and his family caring for Liberty Sanctuary animals. As Director of Equine Wellness, Eric is developing a Wellness Program to be implemented daily. Additionally, he is developing a Volunteer Training Program with safety guidelines using natural horsemanship methods to be regularly followed as well. We couldn’t be happier to have Eric on board.
Don is a Utah native, born in the small town of Roosevelt and raised on an animal sanctuary of sorts. Don’s father had deep love for animals and critters of all sorts. Above all, horses held a special place in his heart and he passed that love and passion onto Don from the start. In working with horses from an early age, Don has learned the lessons of love, respect, compassion, and patience. All of which are keys not only to life but also to the principles of Natural Horsemanship made popular by important clinicians including Tom Dorrance, Monty Roberts, and Pat Parelli whose lessons were passed down to Don by his father. Building relationships with these magnificent creatures brings great rewards in the way of peace and joy. As a trainer, Don enjoys the great challenge of having a hand in turning misunderstood chaos into a powerful, productive part of society. He has intentionally begun work with Navajo first. Navajo is a 4 year old draft cross and probably the most in need of rehabilitation when he arrived at The Liberty Sanctuary. Don and Navajo are building a meaningful relationship based on trust. The future is bright!
“I am grateful to be a part of the wonderful, ever growing community of warm hearted, horse and service loving people that is The Liberty Sanctuary. Huge thanks to the entire Sanctuary team for the hard work and dedication required to make this a reality. Hope to see you in the fields, stalls, and arenas sharing in this grand adventure. Be well and be blessed.”
Madison Rochlin was born and raised on a small farm in Connecticut where she created the bond and love for horses and all animals. By the time she could walk, she was her mother’s little shadow, learning how to work with horses and to tack and ride them. Madison spent her younger years competing in hunters and eventing.
Madison took a break from competing when she attended university at Endicott College during which time she always saved time to ride horses with an increasing focus on horsemanship. Madison relocated to Utah where she works in investment real estate and is a horse trainer in Park City.
Through her love for travel, Madison has been able to ride horses all over the world from the beaches of the Dominican Republic to safari in Zimbabwe and even around the ancient pyramids of Giza. Madison has learned all disciplines of horsemanship and riding. She loves being challenged by every aspect and learns in each new environment. Her love for jumping will never end, but she also has great respect for western riders, and has learned the strength of what it means to be a polo player. At the end of the day, Madison’s happy place is to be bareback on a horse, walking on a trail after a long day of work. We are excited to have Madison join the team and help us on this amazing journey.