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May 2, 2023 – 

Big changes are underway at NMCTR, and today I want to tell you about one of them, a change in leadership. Non-profit organizations don’t always have it easy. Competing with other worthy non-profits for funding, recruiting essential volunteers and staff, and often being understaffed are the main hurdles, but our mission makes it all worth it. None of this would be possible without a good team.

Many of you know me as I have been committed to NMCTR for the last 10 years. For those of you that do not know me, my name is Ashley Fischer. In 2013, I was hired to “take over” the organization and have worn many hats during my time. And if you’ve ever been out to our facility, you know I don’t mind getting my hands dirty while caring for the horses! In 2021 we hired a new Executive Director, Sarah Spearman, and I stepped down into the Program Director role.

In January 2023, Sarah announced that she has taken a new job in Tucson, Arizona. She brought years of non-profit management experience to our organization, and we are so grateful for everything she did for NMCTR. We will miss her tremendously and wish her the very best in her new adventure. As NMCTR’s leadership began to explore the next steps for the organization, it was decided that I would step back into the Executive Director position.

I have been lucky to witness our mission being fulfilled time after time. I have experienced moments that made me cry, stories that  made my heart full, and have pictures that are worth a thousand words. To say that NMCTR means a lot to me is an understatement. Giving individuals with disabilities the ABILITY to be independent, overcome weaknesses, become physically stronger, and improve their mental health gives me motivation. Having mentally and physically healthy horses that can change our lives makes my heart full. I am in it for the mission! 

Thank you to everyone who has supported us financially, donated time, and cheered for us! Our end goals are to always be able to accommodate everyone who needs our services so we never have a waiting list; to have thriving horses; and have a place for participants, volunteers, and staff  to call home!

We have some more big changes coming soon. Sometimes change is hard, but these changes are GOOD and I can’t wait to share! As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns or would like to become more involved in supporting our mission! 

Ashley Fischer
NMCTR Executive Director