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Advisory Group

NEER North Advisory Group

The NEER North Advisory Group is a volunteer group of talented and respected equine enthusiasts and professionals developed to provide support to the NEER North Board and staff. They will help to further NEER’s exposure to the public, support fund raising efforts and provide hands on help when the need arises. They offer varied expertise across many specialties that will aid NEER North in our continued effort to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome equines in need in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  


Advisory Group Members

Lori Shea- 

In 2006, Lori Shea created Abenaki Farm in Campton, NH, a 115-acre, 21-stall, full-service, multi-disciplined, equine facility which offers boarding, lessons, training, all types of clinics, horse shows, Equine Assisted Learning, and more. Lori is a life-long horse enthusiast and equine professional with more than 35 years of experience caring for, exercising and showing horses in New York, Wyoming, Idaho and here in New England. She has enjoyed many aspects of the equine world, including team penning and sorting, roping, barrel racing, ranch work, dressage as well as showing and driving her team of Clydesdales. She also adopted a Mustang yearling and weanling from the BLM, which magnified the importance of horsemanship and helped her become more in-tune with what the horse was trying to say to her, vs focusing on what we try to say to them. Lori has worked with NEER North for a number of years helping rehab and place numerous horses in loving homes. Lori has also adopted NEER horses for her own Equestrian Team, giving more exposure to NEER horses, and ultimately leading to more successful adoptions. 

Susan McQuade- Professional Trustee and horse owner.

Susan has been a NEER North supporter and volunteer since 2014. She has had a long career as an Investment Advisor. Her emphasis is to assist NEER to continue solid financial growth, resulting in helping as many equines as possible. Susan and her husband Chris enjoy their commitment to equines. They are active equestrians, and own 3 horses of their own.

Lynda Angstadt-

Lynda holds a BS in Chemistry, MBA & former career as a scientist and project manager. Having put aside riding western, hunters, OTTB’s, and whatever else came her way as a kid, that passion was rekindled when she met her husband, a professional dressage and eventing trainer. Now her resume reads Co-owner & Manager of Bradford Equestrian Center LLC, a 23 acre horse farm established in 1992. Lynda is a USDF bronze medalist, USDF L judge graduate, licensed instructor, trainer, coach, groom & horse show manager. She also navigates and grooms for her husband Keith and daughter Kaylee who have trained and competed at the FEI levels in dressage & combined driving. Also a member of various horse organizations over the years, she was very active with Pentucket pony club from ~ 2004-2014 serving as DC for 3 years. NEDA, WNRDC & GMHA have also been among some of her favorite equine organizations with whom to volunteer. NEER is topping that list as well.

Olana Laffey –

Olana has more than 30 years of experience training equitation and hunter/jumper riders of all ages. As owner and manager of Evenstride, LtD, she has helped competitive equestrians reach goals of showing at regional and national finals, including the Massachusetts Horseman’s Council Days of Champions, the New England Equitation Championships, Regional Maclay Finals, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show. Olana hosts and manages events, ie Hunter/Jumper horse shows, IEA shows and 2 phase events, throughout the year, including many at her indoor Evenstride Training facility. She is passionate about supporting equine related causes and the local horse community, including NEER North.

Sara Contois –

Sara has been training riders for over 30 yrs. Sara began her career with horses, as young English girls often do, at a hunting yard in Leicestershire. She has taught generations of young riders at the Pony Club, both mounted and un-mounted and has guided many students through to gaining their ‘A’ qualification. She was also a Chief Stable Management judge for the Club for over 10 years. She spent 11 years teaching at the Green Mountain Horse association (GMHA) in Vermont and running the very popular Junior Horsemanship clinics. She is also a regular dressage judge & technical delegate for many shows across New England. Sara also spent a number of years on the board of both GMHA & T.H.E. Farm, where her professional advice was invaluable to developing the operational functions of both organisations. She also happily donated her time to T.H.E Farm for many years in order to teach the instructors.

Elena Jesperson

A rider and horse owner and former NEER Board member for many years, Elena is a Reiki master who works with both equines and humans. She was a board member of the Wentworth Hunt Club from 1990-2001 and served as Wentworth’s president for two years. In addition, she is a longtime board director of International Cars, Ltd. Active in numerous community organizations, she is a former Cub Scout den leader and currently serves on the board of Newburyport’s Theater in the Open.

Eric W. Dickson MD, MHCM, FACEP

Dr Dickson is President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, a 4 hospital healthcare system located in central Massachusetts with over 900 acute care beds and 1100 employed physicians, he also serves as a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to being named CEO Dr Dickson served as President and Senior Associate Dean of UMass Memorial Medical Group, Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Interim Chief Operating Officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr Dickson completed his medical degree and residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and
has a Masters Degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University. Dr Dickson has served as a member of the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, lectures nationally on the use of the Toyota Production System in healthcare and is an active faculty member for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, where he works with health systems around the world to reduce healthcare costs while improving quality. He
is also a USTA licensed horse trainer specializing in training future race horses during their first two years of life.

Jaclyn Gagnon – 

Jaclyn Gagnon grew up in Andover MA and started riding at the age of 8. As the oldest of 4 in a non-horsey family, Jaclyn sought every second she could around horses doing barn chores in exchange for a few extra minutes in the saddle. She has been involved in many different disciplines including hunt seat, saddle seat, driving, eventing and starting young horses of all shapes and sizes. Jaclyn graduated with a degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut where she rode on the IHSA hunt seat equitation team and worked in the horse barn. Jaclyn also had the opportunity to work for Morgan horse trainer, John Bennett, at John Bennett Stables during the summers through college. In 2003, Jaclyn was accepted to the Kentucky Equine Management Internship in Lexington, Kentucky and took a semester off to explore the heart of the Thoroughbred industry. During this time she worked for Juddmonte Farms starting yearlings and worked the January sales at Keeneland. She came back to graduate from UConn and took home a UConn bred Morgan. After graduating, Jaclyn worked at a Percheron breeding and show farm for a couple years before pursuing a job with Cargill Animal Nutrition representing the Nutrena brand in 2007. Today Jaclyn still works as a Field Representative for Cargill in MA, NH and ME providing horse owners and equine professionals with nutritional solutions. She resides in North Andover MA with her husband, 2 children, cat, dog and 2 guinea pigs. She continues to ride with her daughter at a local hunter jumper farm. Cargill has more than 120 years of experience in animal nutrition solutions. We come to work every day to research, innovate and create success in your animal’s feeding program. With a local, ionophore free mill in Albany New York, Cargill Animal Nutrition manufactures the Nutrena brand and supports the local community through programs such as the feed fund that NEER North benefits from. To find a Nutrena distributor near you visit or contact [email protected] to determine which Nutrena products are right for your animals!

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School-

Vanessa Wilde 

Vanessa Wilde is an  Equine Science Teacher who lives with her husband and 2 daughters and dog in West Newbury, MA.  She has been an Instructor at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School since 2007 as well as a Path International Certified Instructor and MA licensed riding instructor.  She attended UCONN for an Associates degree in Equine Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She is excited to partner with NEER as an advisory board member as well as supporting the rescue with her students starting in 2019.

Clarice Menesale 

Clarice Menesale is an Equine Science Teacher lives with her husband,  2 daughters and their 2 dogs in Danvers, MA.  She has been an Instructor at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School since 2005 as well as a licensed riding instructor . She holds a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Equine Science and a Masters in Teaching with a concentration in Agriculture Education from Cornell University. She is excited to partner with NEER as an advisory group member as well as supporting the rescue with her students starting in 2019.

Wesley Leavitt- Farm and Grounds Supervisor, Essex Tech

Wesley resides in Groveland with his wife, son and dog. Wesley holds a pesticide applicator license and hoisting engineers license. He oversees the schools farm which includes a herd of beef cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and a diverse array of small animals. He also oversees  the maintenance grounds and sports fields. Every year he facilitates the haying of roughly 70 acres for the school. 

Linda Corson 

Linda Corson is an Equine Science Teacher who lives in Kingston NH. She has been an Instructor at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School since 1996. Linda is a MA licensed riding instructor as well as a CHA Level 3 English and Level 2 Western instructor.  She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received an Associate degree in Equine Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Adult and Occupational Education with an emphasis on Agricultural Education and a Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership. Prior to teaching she managed Thoroughbred race horses at Winners Circle Farm in Tuftonboro, NH and trail horses at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, NH. She grew up caring for her 4-H horse and is still active in the NH 4-H Horse Program as well as  FFA Horse Evaluation . She is looking forward to partnering with NEER as an advisory board member as well as supporting the rescue with her students starting in 2019.

Josh Noble –

Raised in the shadows of his grandfather Dr. Bob Orcutt, Joshua Noble grew into a talented and respected horseman. While earning a business degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Josh worked for one of the top saddlebred farms in the country. During this time he also worked for Rob Turner of LM Turner stables, one of the most respected Saddlebred trainers on the East Coast. After Pat’s passing in 2005, Josh returned to Burkland Farm. Josh was able to enjoy many late night talks about breeding, judging, and training techniques with his mentor and grandfather Dr. Bob. After Doc’s passing in 2006, Joshua assumed responsibility to carry on the Burkland Farm tradition. One of those traditions is to seek the silver lining of every horse by placing them in a role best suited for their personality and athletic ability. Josh is a licensed Massachusetts equine instructor, as well as the 2014 YAA Judging Scholarship recipient and currently holds a USEF ‘r’ judging card for Morgans.




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