BOARD of DIRECTORS

Daryl Smoliak & Gunner

Daryl Smoliak

Daryl is the founder of American Horse Rescue Network. A horse advocate since 2006, he envisioned an organization that would assist horse rescue facilities and directly save horses that are neglected, abused or slaughter-bound. After twenty-five years as a golf professional he now works full time in horse advocacy. He believes this nation owes the horse a great debt for all they have done for us—from helping build this nation to the many ways they serve us today. He is fully dedicated to helping pay that debt through the work of the American Horse Rescue Network.

 

Stu Lee

Stu Lee

Stu has always been active in animal welfare. He has been an advocate for those who have no voice and who are in need. He actively supports various rescues throughout the world and has successfully gone before town officials to defend animals that have been wrongfully accused of being dangerous and a threat to the public. Stu actively supports efforts to prosecute those accused of animal abuse and mistreatment. For the past eight years, he has also been an advocate for equines in need and actively supports efforts to end horse slaughter and abuse in the US and abroad. Graduated from Boston University, he has held management positions in high tech, the financial sector and currently in administrative services at a major university. Additionally, he was appointed to the National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) and consulted for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for twenty-two years. He is a former board member for the Association of the National Defense Executive Reserve (ANDER).

 

Margaret Bass

Margaret Bass

Margaret’s education is in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has worked for many years in sales and sales management in the pharmaceutical industry. Presently, Margaret is in business selling advanced anti-aging skincare. She has spent her entire life caring for animals. Her passion is to help improve the lives of all animals through good nutrition, healthy exercise and gentle care. Her love of horses began at the age of four when she rode her first horse. She has been active in horse advocacy since 2008.

 

Amanda Sorvino

Amanda Sorvino

Amanda is a screenwriter, actress and composer. She was introduced to the wonderful world of horses when she was only seven years old at a stable fifteen minutes away from her house. By the time she was fourteen she was showing the A Circuit with hunter jumper trainers, Mike Heneghan and the belated Gary Zook. But once Amanda’s childhood and teenage years were over, she became haunted by the possibilities of what could have happened to her beloved childhood horse, Pastelle. She began a quest to rescue slaughter-bound offtrack thoroughbreds from PA’s infamous Monday meat sale at New Holland Sales Stables. In 2008, she went undercover with Elle Nash at New Jersey’s only horse slaughterhouse, Bravo Packing for six months. At the close of the investigation, Amanda left the plant with ten rescued Bravo horses in tow. She and her daughter, Bizz, rehabilitated them at their Poconos farm and ultimately adopted out all of them, with the exception of two, which they kept as pets. Amanda developed an especially close bond with a rescued Bravo horse named Buttercup, who had contracted a rare form of skin cancer localized in her fetlock while at Bravo Packing. Buttercup lived joyfully with the help of Amanda, Bizz, friends, internists and surgeons until 2012, when she finally passed on. Today, Buttercup’s legacy lives on and Amanda is in pre-production for her movie based on the real life events surrounding the investigation of Bravo Packing. Amanda will be shooting the sequel to her TV pilot, “The Goodfather,” this spring.

 

Puller Lanigan

Puller Lanigan

I have loved animals my entire life. I cut my teeth on our family dog’s tail and I was pretending to be a horse from the moment I could walk. As a child, I was acutely aware of cruelty to animals, whether it was a horse being mistreated at a public riding stable, a wild colt removed from the range whose parents went for slaughter, livestock abused in rodeos, kittens drowned or dogs left neglected on chains. Somehow, I vowed ‘when I got older’, I would help these voiceless animals.

And so I did.

Active as a junior member of our local Humane Society in my early teens, through advocating for a new shelter in my college town; conducting TNR on Capitol Hill, and closing a roadside zoo in Southwestern Virginia, to starting a breed specific rescue organization, I have been involved in humane work for over forty years working with both domestic animals and wildlife. It is my pleasure to have been asked to serve on the Board of the American Horse Rescue Network.

 

Phil Carter

Phil Carter

Phil Carter is the Equine Campaign Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico and also part of the legislative and lobbying team of Animal Protection Voters. Born and raised in Missouri, Phil grew up on a farm with Arabian horses. There, he developed a love for working with and caring for animals and for the great outdoors. Phil studied political science at the University of Missouri and environmental science at the University of New Mexico. Phil later used his political science background to work as a campaign field organizer for a variety of candidates for office.

In his work with Animal Protection of New Mexico and Animal Protection Voters, Phil has been instrumental in the administration of the vital humane assistance programs of the New Mexico Equine Protection Fund, in preventing the return of domestic horse slaughter, and the creation of permanent public funding for horse rescues across the state. When not advocating for horses and other animals, Phil is an avid outdoorsman and frequently explores the landscapes of the Southwest with his wife, Kristina.