June 5, 2018

Introducing New MHC Staff

NEWSFLASH!!!!   METS Coordinator: Applications due June 15th

Join the Team
Are you interested in helping owners find safe transition options for their horses?   Would you like to decrease the risk of Maryland horses going to slaughter? MHC/METS are looking for a full-time program coordinator who demonstrates compassion, professionalism, and integrity; possesses excellent communication and organizational skills, and has the passion to be a part of this new statewide initiative.  For more information, visit https://mdequinetransition.org/now-hiring-full-time-program-coordinator/

Meet the Team

Jack and Jen webMHC Interim Executive Director:  Jennifer Purcell

At the MHC’s quarterly meeting, the Executive Committee took another step to help MHC Go Pro by appointing Jennifer Purcell as the horse council’s Interim Executive Director. During this temporary assignment, Jennifer will be responsible for facilitating MHC’s strategic planning process, overseeing development of the Maryland Equine Transition Service, enhancing the sponsor and member experience, implementing fundraising strategies, and setting up the processes and infrastructure needed to complete MHC’s Go Pro Initiative.  A permanent Executive Director will be hired after a formal search.

Jennifer has worked with the MHC since August 2017 as a program consultant and grant writer. She drafted a comprehensive program proposal, which resulted in a $750,000 grant to fund the Maryland Equine Transition Service.  Since then, she’s played a key role in developing the program’s policies and procedures, marketing and outreach plans, and evaluation systems.

“I look forward to helping the MHC identify its priorities and build its membership,” says Purcell. “With the recent acquisition of The Equiery and launch of METS, Maryland Horse Council is positioned for extraordinary growth. A strong MHC working closely with the Maryland Horse Industry Board and other industry players can unite the diverse sectors of this industry, grow it, and connect more people to the magic of horses.”

In terms of horses, Jennifer has come full circle.  Growing up in south Florida, she worked for five years at a local riding stable before attending college where she earned three degrees including a doctorate in higher education administration. She’s held several academic and administrative positions, most recently at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After relocating to Maryland in 2013, Jennifer shifted gears completely and began volunteering at a local horse rescue.  Not long after, she was hired as Director of the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition.  

MHC President, Neil Agate, says “Jennifer brings not only great vision but very strong organizational skills to MHC, and as Interim Executive Director she will help us create the infrastructure around our programs that will allow staff and volunteers to work together to increase the coverage and influence of the MD Horse Council.”

On a more personal note, Jennifer enjoys everything outdoors and returning to NYC for a good Broadway show now and then. Her 19yo Appendix QH gelding, Moved by the Spirit, aka Jack, is enjoying retirement, and she spends her 1 hour 20 minute commute to the MHC office singing tunes in the car.

When you have questions about the horse council, your membership, volunteer opportunities, special events or other benefits, give her call at 844-MDHORSE ext. 707, or email jennifer@mdhorsecouncil.org.


Brittney CarowMETS Director:  Brittney Carow

Brittney Carow, who has lived in Mt. Airy since the age of one, joined the MHC as Director of the Maryland Equine Transition Service in late February. With three years’ experience as a Veterinary Assistant and a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from UMD, Brittney worked her way through the ranks at DEFHR, most recently serving as their Equine Health Director. She managed the care of hundreds of horses over the past 11 years, some coming from very dire circumstances. She’s adept at training and overseeing volunteers, and her equine knowledge and personal demeanor are in perfect balance to provide owners with information about the best transition options for their horses.

Brittney says she is excited to help even more horses throughout the state in a new, unique way, and she hopes (as we all do) to ultimately prevent horses from falling into unsafe situations. “METS will be serving a need that has existed in Maryland for a very long time,” Brittney said, “and we hope to make this program an example for other states to be able to follow in its footsteps.”

Brittney did not grow up in a family of horsemen and women.  She was the first in her family to get the horse bug after summer camp at the age of six.  Now, she owns four horses. She leased her first horse at age 10 and a year later was the proud owner of Magnolia Super Jack, a 10yo Quarter Horse gelding.  After attending a few hunter shows, the pair both realized that trail rides and hunter paces were their forte. Jack retired in 2002 and is still with her today at the grand age of 33.

When asked to share a funny story about Jack, she chuckled and told us about a hunter pace in Upper Marlboro where the pair followed the (wrong) marked trail to the next town before realizing they weren’t in the right place.  Upon their return, there were cheers, calls in jest to cancel the search party, and an honorable mention ribbon for the longest recorded ride time.  Embarrassing?  “Yes,” she says, “but Jack took care of me the entire way and did for eight years. He is my true ‘heart horse.’”

When not around horses at work or at home, Brittney loves to listen to music of every genre and will drop everything for a trip to NYC for a show.  She also loves to experience new places whether a planned vacation or simply a drive down the road less traveled.  “That’s why this job is a great fit for me,” she said with a grin. “I get to work with horses and drive all over the state while I listen to great music. What more could I ask for?”

Please welcome Brittney to the MHC team and reach out to her at Director@mdequinetransition.org if you have any questions about the METS program. 

Quite a coincidence that Brittney and Jennifer both love music and Broadway shows, plus own horses named Jack!