PO Box 910124
Lexington KY 40591
Contact Information
Address PO Box 910124
Lexington, KY 40591
Phone (859) 881-5849
Fax 859 881-0061
Contact Name Karen Gustin
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Kentucky Equine Humane Center is an all breed horse rescue that provides humane treatment and shelter while working to provide second chances and seek adoptive homes for Kentucky's equines.  It focuses on promoting responsible horse ownership and horse adoption. In order to operate, it depends on special events, annual giving, donations and grants in order to operate. No government funding is provided.   Between 35 and 45 horses are housed at the Center and staff works with and trains them so that they can be adopted out to suitable homes.  The Center accepts monetary donations in the form of Paypal, personal checks and credit card.  It is also possible to donate supplies for horse/barn care and maintenance, such as hay, grain, medicine, fly masks, etc.  The administrative office can use office supplies such as printer paper and ink, envelopes and postage. 
In order to volunteer, prospective volunteers must attend an orientation.   Help is always needed in the barn and on the farm, and for special events that the Center participates in such as clinics and horse shows.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The mission of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center is to:
1) provide humane treatment and shelter while working to seek adoptive homes and provide second chances for Kentucky's unwanted equines, regardless of breed,
2) educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis,
3) work with and serve as a model for organizations with the same mission in other states: to save America's equines from inhumane treatment.
Background Statement
Created at the right time in the right place, by the right people and for the right reasons, the Ky Equine Humane Center (KYEHC) was formed.  Founded by 12 individuals/couples prominent in the horse industry, each recognized the need for an equine rescue center, and each one underwrote one month's cost of the first year's lease on the farm.
KyEHC was opened during a national economic downturn which hit the horse industry especially hard.  This situation fostered a tragic statewide increase in abandoned, neglected and abused horses.  Horses not afforded shelter and humane care were bound for slaughter or left to die from neglect or disease.
The KyEHC is unique in the sense that it is an all breed facility and provides all necessary care for the treatment of the horses - this includes veterniary services, farrier, feed, medicine and a safe place.  The farm is located on 72 acres and includes an 18 stall barn, dry lot, 80'x120' arena, three 20 acre pastures, and seven smaller 2- 2.5 acre pastures.  A ranch house serves ad the administrative office.
The ultimate goal is to place all horses in an adoptive home.  Some horses have never been handled, saddled, or trained.  Almost all require some kind of retraining or additional work, which is done by staff.  The result of the work done at KyEHC is putting the right horse with the right owner and horses need basic training in order to do that.
Over 700 horses have been received and treated by the Center since it opened, and an average of 4-6 come in and go out each month.  In order for a horse to be accepted by the Center, it must be surrendered by the owner or an agency such as Animal Control.  Upon arrival,the horse receives an intake physical exam by a veterinarian, vaccinations, worming and put on the schedule for regular farrier care. 
To adopt a horse, interested people complete an application and provide several references which are thoroughly checked by staff.  After adoption, the Center requires that two vet checks be done, one 6 months and one 12 months post adoption.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments -
Developed and implemented "Take the Reins" education initiative.
1. Expand "Take the Reins" to include more schools and an expanded geographic reach.
2. Continue educational efforts through the implementation of various clinics and workshops.
3. Complete pasture management program for horses, which will result in healthier and more productive pastures. 
Needs Statement
1. Pasture management, mowing and weed control - $1600 per month, $9,600 annually
2. General veterinary/farrier care - Requires about $2000 per month and  includes physicals, worming, vaccinations, teeth floating, and farrier.
3. Run-in sheds for 4-6 pastures - Each shed is approximately $2500.
4. One new computer for office - Existing computers is about 5 years old and nearing the end of its useful life; especially needed since the majority of communication is electronic.  One computer with printer is approximately $700.
5. Salary for a full time trainer for 6 months, which is approximately $1760 per month and $10,560 for six month period.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
As the Executive Director of this non profit organization, I am humbled by the circumstances that our horses find themselves in and the way they come to us.  Our first priority is always the horses, getting them out of a negative situation, and to our farm where they are loved and cared for.  But, I have found that we are also helping people - helping people through what is usually a difficult transition in their life - whether it is because of divorce, a foreclosure on their property, or if they are experiencing poor health.  These people need our help, as do the horses.  It is a privilege and very gratifying to help people through a difficult time in their life.
For the horses that have been abandoned and neglected, shame on their owners.  These horses come to our attention, whether they have been seized by Animal Control, or whether a kind neighbor has taken it upon themselves to keep these animals alive.  Somehow these horses make their way to us.
We are an all breed facility; however, over 50% of our horses are Thoroughbreds.  Because of our mission, we work hard to give these horses a new home through our adoption program.
I am always amazed at how quickly horses will respond, just to consistent food and shelter, and regular attention by people that care for them.  They are truly forgiving and open animals, and willing to give people a second chance.  I have seen horses come here that were withdrawn and aloof, just because no one really cared for them.  Within a couple of months they are coming up to the fence to greet us and showing an interest in what is going on around them.  That is what we do here, we give horses the second chance they deserve to be happy and to be companions to people that will love them.
Board Chair Statement
It is my privilege to serve as President of the Board of Directors for this much needed organization.  Each Board member truly cares about our mission and supports the Center through their efforts in fundraising and creating awareness.  As a retired veterinarian, I understand what it takes to care for large numbers of horses from many different backgrounds.  I understand the challenges of dealing with many individual horses that have in many cases, special needs.
Our success is that we have a record of consistently adopting out at least 50+ horses a year.  Our horses go to good homes and to good people that care.  Our challenge, as with any small non profit organization,  is to be able to continually ensure that adequate funding is secured for our operation.
For me, the highlight of what we do is very tangible.  A horse comes in, often in need of food and care, and through our program, becomes more comfortable and healthier.  It is a very concrete experience.  To see the joy and excitement on adopters' faces as they take a horse to its new home is gratifying.  We are giving back, to horse, to people, and to the community through the work that we do.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Geographic Areas Served
KyEHC only accepts horses from Kentucky or race horses that were bred in Kentucky.  Horses can be adopted out to any state in the United States.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Smith
Company Affiliation Hagyard Equine Medical Insttitute
Term Jan 2010 to Jan 2017
Board Members
Emily Alberti Community VolunteerVoting
Betsy Cohen GLC DirectVoting
Jodi Findley ZoetisVoting
Holley Groshek Equine Land Conservation ResourceVoting
Chapman Hopkins Stoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Meg Jewett LV Harkness & CoVoting
Missy Maclin Self EmployedVoting
Bridget McNeese Community VolunteerVoting
Laurie Metcalfe DVMRood and Riddle Equine HospitalVoting
Mike Mills Addington and MillsVoting
Jim Smith DVMHagyard Equine Medical InstituteVoting
Laura Werner DVMVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 47%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mike Mills
Company Affiliation Addington & Mills
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Josephine Abercrombie Community Volunteer
Jane Beshear Governor's Office
Alice Chandler Community Volunteer
Diane Curry Community Volunteer
Tracy and Carol Farmer Community Volunteer
Jennie Garlington Community Volunteer
Katie LaMonica Community Volunteer
Norm Luba Community Volunteer
Anita Madden Community Volunteer
Chris McCarron Community Volunteer
Misdee Wrigley Miller Community Volunteer
Nicole Pieratt Community Volunteer
Dan Rosenberg Community Volunteer
Cindy Rullman Community Volunteer
Donna Ward Community Volunteer
Congressman and Mrs Ed Whitfield Community Volunteer
Kim Zito Community Volunteer
CEO Comments
Challenges facing our organization are primarily centered around ensuring that we continue to raise adequate funds year after year.  Thus far, we have a good track record, and will work hard to continue to build our donor base and our capacity.  We have many opportunities available to us.  In addition to rescuing horses, we have the educational arena in which to expand.  This entails hosting clinics and workshops, serving as an on site learning laboratory for a wide variety of students, and participating in events that educate the public on responsible horse ownership.
 We are in the process of pursuing accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which is developing standards of equine care that rescues should strive to adhere to.  We also have a future opportunity to work with legislators and lawmakers on rules and regulations that protect horses from abuse and neglect.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Karen Gustin
Term Start Apr 2012
Mrs. Gustin has over 30 years experience with the United States National Park Service, having served as Superintendent at six different national parks across the country.  Her experience in management has given her diverse skills in communication and building partnerships, as well as working with special interest communities.  Her experience has been within the United States as well as internationally in Guatemala, Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Japan - working with protected areas managers to develop management plans for growing park in growing countries.  She is also a graduate of the U.S. Department of Interior Senior Executive Service Management Program.
 During her career, Mrs. Gustin has worked with several non profit organizations that support national parks as well as special interest groups that serve in an advisory capacity to the National Park Service.
Mrs. Gustin is a private horse owner, and for the last 10 years has owned her own horses and competed.  Through her family, she has been active in 4-H, as well as Washington state High School Equestrian Teams.  She has one horse that she personally rescued and is well suited for taking the Kentucky Equine Humane Center to a more high profile level.
Mrs. Gustin is an avid outdoors-woman and in the past, was a private pilot.
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Lori Neagle - July 2011
Tanya Stalion Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
Senior Staff
Title Barn Manager
Experience/Biography Over 30 years experience in training and boarding horses
Title Asst Barn Manager
Experience/Biography Over 30 years experience in the thoroughbred and equine medical field.
Title Director of Development
This program are trains/retrains horses so that they can be adopted out to new homes.  It involves getting the horses to the Center, giving them time to decompress after arrival, taking care of their physical and mental needs, and putting them in the training program.  The trainer gets them to a basic walk, trot, canter/lope level, and provides a foundation for new owners to expand upon.
Budget 126100
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Long term Success
Goal would be to increase the rate at which horses are adopted out and shorten their average length of stay.   Some horses are here for 6 weeks, and some for well over a year.  Because of this wide range, the average length of stay is 8 months.  It would be optimal to turn all horses around within 12 months, so that no horse is here for over a year, except for the very young ones, or ones who are born at the Center.
In addition, increase our capacity from 35 horses to 45 horses.
If that could be achieved, we could increase our intake and adoption rate by approximately 25%.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by equine records that include phsyical condition, medical expenses, date of arrival and date of adoption, and training progress.
Examples of Program Success Following is an example of how a horse's and its new owner's life was changed:  "Hershey's Kiss is a true success story, thanks to the kind heart of a woman named Trudi,  Following a mishap (flat tire) while hauling a horse, this good Samaritan walked to the nearest farm to ask for assistance.  Once there, she came upon a man who was about to shoot a horse he said he could no longer keep.  Trudi asked is she could have the horse, and thankfully, he agreed.  The horse was brought to KyEHC and turned out to be a 12 yr old dark bay Morgan stallion.  Trudi named him Hershey's Kiss enroute to the Center and the name stuck.  Within a month, Hershey, no longer a stallion, was adopted by a woman named Sheridan Puffer who has provided him with a  new and healthy home."
Program Comments
CEO Comments The biggest challenge facing our organization is fiscal, and ensuring that adequate funding is available on an annual basis.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
The Kentucky Equine Humane Center consistently partners with Alltech, Kentucky Horse Council, Equine Land Conservation Resource, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the ASPCA, Kinetic Technologies, Standard Process and Meadowlake Equestrian Center.
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2011
VerifiedGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries2014
Certified as an Equine RescueKy State Department of Agriculture2013
AccreditedThoroughbred Aftercare Alliance2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $355,800.00
Projected Expenses $355,800.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$250,879$279,170$183,338
Investment Income, Net of Losses$142$90$56
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$106,997$86,449$65,869
Revenue In-Kind$0--$1,656
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$230,983$230,105$212,489
Administration Expense$59,528$56,203$46,602
Fundraising Expense$55,407$25,240$12,548
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.210.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%74%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%7%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$226,801$196,117$130,017
Current Assets$205,889$179,052$107,465
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$226,801$196,117$130,017
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990
2013 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 990 2010
2009 2009 990EZ
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration No
Address PO Box 910124
Lexington, KY 40591
Primary Phone 859 881-5849
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Karen Gustin
Board Chair Jim Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hagyard Equine Medical Insttitute