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-plus years 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 (completing enough of his classes since to wallpaper a small tack room!) and has progressed from student to assistant, helping him at larger first responder classes. She is an active volunteer with the MSPCA Sporthorse Ambulance Program and has staffed its equine ambulances at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Fall Championships, Jersey Fresh International, The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and The Pedigree Bromont International Three Day Event (CAN).

Kate has been a registered and deployable member of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) since 2007 and 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.

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!