Board and Staff

Dani Horton

Founder, President, Volunteer Info, Board Member

Dani is a certified equine massage therapist and riding instructor. She is also certified in large animal rescue. Dani has more than 30 years of equine experience. She has won numerous titles and awards in barrel racing, breakaway roping, pole bending, halter, Western pleasure and obstacle challenges. She is a member of the Polk County Mounted Search and Rescue Team, as a volunteer.

Prior to retiring to focus on the rescue, she spent 12 years working for a private company, working her way up from receptionist to office manager.


Wayne Elkins

Vice President, Board Member

With more than 18 years of experience, Wayne is a certified farrier with an established client-base in the Polk County region. He specializes in horses that are difficult to handle. He recently earned his certification in large animal rescue.


Lisa Rice

Events Director, Board Member

Lisa Rice has worked for Safety Products of Lakeland for the past 23 years. She is an animal-lover by nature, and got her start rescuing cats. She consistently takes in strays, gets them spayed or neutered and finds them a forever home. She brings a passion to the job of finding new events for the rescue to host, as well as new funding.