NMCTR Staff

Sarah Spearman

Sarah Spearman

Executive Director

Sarah brings a deep and longstanding commitment to the nonprofit sector. She hails from the Midwest and even though having grown up in the suburbs, she was lucky enough to have had regular interactions with horses that lived just two doors up. Sarah has held leadership roles for the last 25 years in nonprofits serving animal welfare and social justice. In her spare time, Sarah is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an active Santa Fe Animal Shelter board member and enjoys hiking, camping, cooking (new on the menu will be horse treats!), and spending time with her friends, dog (Tillie) and cat (Sherman). Please reach out and say hello to Sarah at info@nmctr.org!

Ashley Fischer

Ashley Fischer

Program Director and PATH Intl CTRI

Ashley attended the University of New Mexico, pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in the special needs community for over 10 years and was a home supervisor for ARCA in Albuquerque. She was a former member of the United States Pony Club and has ridden horses for over 25 years. She is the current PATH Intl NM State Rep, serves as the WMPC Treasurer, and is on the WMPC Horse Trials Committee. When she is not working, she spends her time competing with her show horses in 3-day eventing and enjoying time with her family. Her desire to help others and her love for horses led her to seek a career in therapeutic riding. She joined the NMCTR team in 2013.

Kaylee Watkins

Kaylee Watkins

Volunteer Coordinator and PATH Intl CTRI

Kaylee grew up in Los Alamos and has been riding horses on and off for the last 15 years. She has taken care of horses and various animals for most of her life, including as a ranch hand caring for 90+ head of horses, cows, and buffalo. She attended West Texas A&M University and graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Equine Industry and Business, and a minor in Animal Science. Soon after graduation, she moved back to NM to pursue a career as a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She has always had a desire to work with kids and individuals with special needs and loves that she can do that through the horses at NMCTR.

Lindsay Lechner

Lindsay Lechner

Barn Manager

Lindsay Graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Degree in Equine Business Management and Riding. She has been a professional in the Equestrian world for over 10 years. She is a graduate B of the United States Pony Club and currently is the DC of Santa Fe Pony Club (also an Alumni). She has competed in 3-day Eventing and is currently pursuing a goal to achieve her Bronze Medal in Dressage. She looks forward to creating an even more enjoyable life for the amazing therapy horses at NMCTR.

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Rider Coordinator

Karen notes, “Volunteering with the Center lets me combine my love of horses and my desire to work with individuals with special needs. I also enjoy working with parents and families to arrange schedules and resolve issues which come up.” Karen has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Education. She provided career and vocational counseling to persons with multiple barriers to employment. She and her spouse, Connie, retired to Eldorado in 2008, where they live with their rescue dog Teddy. Karen has volunteered with NMCTR since 2012.