Kelsey Fraser – President
Kelsey grew up riding with the Westernaires and is a horse owner. She has 2 mustangs: Peyote and Chinook. Over the years, she learned what it takes to care for horses, particularly those with health issues or ones needing special feed. She understands how much time and money goes into caring for these animals, which is why she loves what HPL does. HPL takes horses that are not wanted or who cannot be cared for and attempts to find a loving home for them.
With population growth and the development of land, this can be a challenge, which is why this work is so important. Kelsey is a social worker who works with crime victims and enjoys the opportunity to give back to the horse community through her work at HPL. Kelsey joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Lauren Roberts – Vice President
Lauren Roberts is a Colorado native and avid horse enthusiast. Lauren has been riding English since she was seven. She went to college at NYU, where she was on the equestrian team. Lauren went to law school at CU and began her law career in Boulder. She now has her own law practice specializing in business transactions.
Lauren volunteered for the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center in high school and law school and the Colorado Horse Rescue post law school. She rode horses for Windwalkers Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning Center in Carbondale and generally assisted with their programming. She loves all the HPL horses and is devoted to improving their lives, and, consequently, the lives of the people around them.
Tiffany Wilhite – Treasurer
Tiffany has lived in the Denver metro area for over 40 years. She learned to ride horses in her high school years when her family had a small ranch with horses, goats, and a donkey in Evergreen, CO. Since then, her love and compassion for horses has grown and she is now sharing that appreciation with her 14 year old daughter. Tiffany has a B.S. Degree in Geology from CU Denver and is a licensed teacher in Jefferson County. She has worked as a production supervisor, teacher, secretary, has run her own business, and is excited to bring her rich experience and business skills to the HPL. She and her daughter have been members since 2015 and her deep personal devotion to the love and care of rescue animals is a wonderful fit.
Christine Taliga – Secretary
Christine’s work with the agricultural sector brought her family to Colorado’s front range in 2010. She has loved horses all of her life and it was through supporting her daughters’ equestrian pursuits in Westernaires that she sought out HPL to give back to the community and horses so pivotal in their family’s lives. Christine graduated from the University of Iowa in Environmental Science and received a master’s degree from CSU in Natural Resources Stewardship working as plant ecologist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Her over three decades of professional work in agriculture includes organizational development for non-profit organizations which she hopes to share with HPL to promote the organizations mission and growth.
Vera Antonucci – Board Member
Vera’s journey with horses began in Germany in 2005. Eight years later she rescued her first horse, Marino. That experience stirred her to dedicate her life to improving the lives of rescued horses. After 28 years of living in Germany, she decided to return to the States to follow this mission.
After visiting several ranches, she knew that HPL was where she wanted to be. She began volunteering at HPL one day a week in August 2016, and now volunteers four days a week at HPL.
As a board member Vera works toward the improvement and welfare of the horses, mentally and physically, thereby improving their chances of being adopted. She focusses energy in assisting the coordination and further development of the horse training program as well as the education of interested volunteers to make the horses’ time at HPL as wholesome as possible, improving their chance for adoption.
Hilary Peterson, Board Member
Hilary Peterson is a California native who moved to Colorado in 2007. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Hilary worked for a national nonprofit leading business operations efforts for seven years, and now works for Vail Resorts doing marketing operations.
From a young age, Hilary has been passionate about horses. She grew up competing in Hunter/Jumper shows across Northern California and developed a keen interest in the challenge of developing green horses. She currently has a young horse she is training and showing as a jumper. Hilary hopes her involvement with HPL can help others experience a similar kind of appreciation and fulfillment that horses have given her over the years.
Katherine Pitts, Board Member
Katherine grew up riding hunters and jumpers and currently has two horses of her own. She still competes in the jumper ring with her horse, Belle. When she is not doing that, she enjoys spending time with her retired horse, Agassi. The love that horses give is equal to what they receive, and Katherine loves that the Horse Protection League helps to find the right home for every horse that comes into their care. There is nothing more special than seeing a horse find the perfect home and a person find the perfect horse!
Katherine has a Masters of Accountancy from Colorado State University and obtained her CPA license shortly after graduating. She now works as a tax professional and hopes that combining her love for numbers and horses will help benefit the Horse Protection League.