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 15 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.

Siv Watkins

Siv Watkins

Herd Manager

Siv began her career as a biologist, graduating with a B.Sc, which she followed up with a Ph.D. She started working with horses in 2016 and learned to ride as a wrangler in the backcountry of New Mexico. Since then, Siv has worked as an instructor of riding and horsemanship, particularly on the trail, and spent time in EAGALA and PATH therapy programs as a horse handler. The vast majority of her training in how to take care of horses has been developed through working with them in the wilderness. Siv especially loves teaching people (and horses) how to understand each other a little better, and she’s dedicated to supporting and advocating for the horses at NMCTR. She spends almost all of her spare time riding out in the desert with her own beloved gelding, Apollo.

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.