Based in Northeastern Massachusetts, Patriot Equine Technical Rescue provides and utilizes specialized equipment and skills to assist veterinarians, public safety officials and other rescue professionals with the technical rescue of horses in distress due to entrapment, illness or injury.






What We Do

Patriot Equine Technical Rescue is a 501(c)(3) public charity which provides and utilizes specialized equipment and skills to assist veterinarians, public safety officials and other rescue professionals with the technical rescue of horses in distress due to entrapment, illness or injury.

There is no charge for our services, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Because our responders are unpaid volunteers, availability and response times may vary and cannot be gauranteed.  We will always do our very best to assist in an emergency.

A Veterinarian must be present or also responding.

We are not a ‘transport’ service, but will gladly utilize our rescue equipment to extricate horses from their entrapment or situation, and package them for transport to a veterinary referral hospital on the owner’s trailer, or another brought to the scene. We do it this way on purpose! First, it considerably shortens our response time – our equipment is all in two vehicles, and we don’t waste valuable time getting a trailer.  Secondly, we do not spend our generous donor’s contributions on the costs of expensive motor vehicle insurance. We spend their donations on equipment to help the horses!

Our equipment cache is extensive and our responder training meets the Operations Level guidelines established in NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue, Chapter 17 and Annex K, Animal Technical Rescue.

While municipal first responders will make heroic efforts to assist horses in distress in a variety of situations, they often lack the training specific to equine technical rescue and do not possess the proper equipment required to do so safely – for both for the horse and the rescuers. In these scenarios, injury to the horse from using improvised equipment or improper techniques is quite common. Our equipment and training, even if it takes a little time to travel to the scene, can  mean all the difference in keeping rescuers safe and in providing the horse (or other large animal!) with every opportunity for a successful outcome.

Patriot Equine Technical rescue can also, on occasion, compassionately move deceased equines, using the same techniques and equipment, for burial purposes or transport to a local large animal crematorium. A donation is required for these services, please contact us for more information.


Our Equipment


  • Complete Rescue Glide for packaging and moving recumbent horses
  • Air / water supplied rescue strap guide and jetting wands for mud / unstable ground entrapments
  • Becker Slings for vertical lifts
  • Vertical Lift Hobbles
  • An extensive cache of purpose designed large animal rescue and manipulation equipment
  • COMING SOON – In Hand, team members / rescue professionals are being trained on it’s set up and use – a portable Hast Equine Rescue Frame!

Who We Are

kate-dwyerKatherine Dwyer, Founder & President
Kate is our primary responder. She has been a devoted horse owner for many years and has competed in various sporthorse disciplines.

Kate’s extensive training in the principles and techniques of equine technical rescue combines with her twenty-five years of experience as a career Paramedic in a busy municipal 911 system to form a solid foundation for our organization’s services, operations and mission. Kate routinely works alongside other first responders at critical incidents and regularly operates within the incident command system, a necessity at any equine technical rescue incident.

Kate took her first equine safety and rescue class with the field’s most experienced rescuer —Mr. Roger Lauze, the MSPCA’s longtime Equine Safety and Rescue Training Coordinator —in 2007  and has progressed from eager student to his Assistant Instructor, helping him at larger rescue classes for first responders, Veterinarians and regional DART Teams.  She is an active volunteer with the MSPCA Sporthorse Ambulance Program and has staffed it’s equine ambulances at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Fall Championships, Jersey Fresh International, The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, The Pedigree Bromont International Three Day Event (CAN) and the Tryon 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Kate has been a registered and deployable member of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) since 2007 and has completed all required training for the Large Animal Search and Rescue Team. In 2011, Kate was invited to facilitate a break-out group for ICS training at the SMART Annual Summit.

Kate has also completed FEMA USAR Medical Specialist training, and is a deployable Metropolitan Boston Homeland Security Urban Search and Rescue Medic.

saraSara Dwyer, Secretary
While Sara has been known to profess that horses “are a cross between Jurassic Park and a hamster cage”, she is not unfamiliar with a saddle or barn chores! As Secretary, she carries a lot of official responsibilities and has contributed to and supported all the administrative logistics of our incorporation and its maintenance. Despite the long hours she keeps working for a non-profit healthcare organization, Sara is a master of organization and keeps on top of what we have due when and ensures that it gets done right!

wayne-sandenWayne Sanden, Treasurer
Wayne came to adore horses fairly recently but is a natural and they love him! He has completed the MSPCA two-day equine rescue course and multiple Patriot Equine Technical Rescue classes. He has completed NIMS ICS-100. Wayne is an integral part of the support services and materials management section of a large municipal EMS service and has been an Officer in an AFSCME local since 2008.

Tracey Mini, Director
Tracey sat on a horse for the first time at 5 years old and was a confirmed barn rat by age 7, working off lessons  at a newly opened large public stable. As a teenager, she was a traveling lower level event groom and did some competing herself.

With 29 years of professional experience in a utility industry where she has an extensive background and training in employee safety, Tracey has completed the MSPCA equine rescue course and multiple Patriot Equine Technical Rescue training classes. She has assisted on calls and at a number of our trainings for horse owner groups and has a keen eye for improving our classes and programs.

jen-gottfredsonJennifer Gottfredson, Director
Jenny has watched Patriot Equine Technical Rescue grow from a newly formed idea to a physical reality, and has supported the organization along every step of that journey; in addition, she has completed a Patriot Equine Technical Rescue training class alongside a number of our local equine veterinarians and their technicians.

Jenny has been a horsewoman all her life, including selflessly opening her barn to serve as a quarantine facility for equines rescued by a nonprofit from the auction pipelines. Every single one found peace and comfort and blossomed in Jenny’s loving care!