Eventing and trackwork rider Dagmar Caramello has been named director of the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition.
Her responsibilities will include overseeing communication efforts between the UHC and the greater equine community, working closely with UHC members to enhance current and future efforts of the organization, and establishing and cultivating relationships with new UHC members and donors.
Caramello grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She developed a passion for horses at the age of five which has continued into her adult life.
In 2011, she graduated from Penn State having majored in English and minored in Equine Science. Shortly thereafter in 2013, she received her Master’s Degree in English from the University of Maryland.
Already an active competitor on the Mid-Atlantic eventing circuit, Caramello, in recent years, has become intimately involved with the Maryland Thoroughbred racing industry as an exercise rider – a position she took on full-time while pursuing her graduate degree.
“Having worked on the racetrack for three years, I’ve gotten to see first-hand the number of horses out there who are not only capable, but are hugely deserving of second careers,” Caramello said.
“There is a lot of untapped potential at the racetrack. Just because a horse isn’t a very talented runner, or has lost interest in racing with age, doesn’t mean it can’t have a bright future in a new job. I am excited to join the Unwanted Horse Coalition as an advocate for unwanted horses of all breeds and backgrounds.”
UHC Chairman Dr Doug Corey said he was pleased to welcome Caramello to the team.
“She has both participated and worked in the horse industry, and brings experience and enthusiasm to her new position with the Unwanted Horse Coalition.”
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses.