The Wisconsin Horse Alliance is committed to empowering all horse owners in our state by providing a rich web of resources to help in a variety of situations. For horse owners who have come across hard times, we provide a central network of support and further options to allow you to keep your horses in your care, or find alternative, humane solutions.
The Wisconsin Horse Alliance aims to provide a centralized place where people who care about horses can come together to get the support and resources they need. We work to align law enforcement, veterinarians, and equine rescue and humane society officials to provide humane outcomes in neglect and abuse cases, large seizures, and placement of unwanted horses.
Educating the Community
The Wisconsin Horse Alliance is dedicated to improving the lives of horses through education of the equine community at large. We hold annual educational events for equine rescue organizations, horse owners, and law enforcement officials, have a presence at local equine gatherings, and provide accurate and up-to-date information for horse owners through our website.
WHA Board of Directors
The Wisconsin Horse Alliance is made up of a diverse group of horse enthusiasts from all across the state of Wisconsin including horse lovers, horse owners, humane society officials, equine rescue managers, equine veterinarians, animal humane officers and others dedicated to the well-being of the horse within our state. We have a nine member board of directors that is voted on annually. We are always looking for more help so please take a look around our website and contact us if you are interested in joining our mission. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
Jennifer Lorenz, DVM
Jennifer Lorenz is an equine veterinarian in southern Wisconsin. She owns her own veterinary practice and serves on the board for the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association. She convinced her parents to get her a horse when she was 12 years old and has been involved in riding and caring for all types of horses since. She still has her first horse who turns 32 this year.
Co-President & Treasurer
Judy Halat has worked as a senior equine assistant at the Dane Co. Humane Society for the past several years, working with rehabbing the shelter's horses and fostering. She has her own farm which currently has 10 horses, 4 of which are ages 20 - 32. She is also a semi-retired band director, currently teaching elementary band at several grade schools.
Rachelle LeJeune has devoted her career to animal welfare and sheltering. She has served as Volunteer Coordinator at the Wisconsin Humane Society for 6 years and Ranch Supervisor at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Rachelle has received her certification as a Humane Investigator after attending the University of Missouri at Columbia's National Animal Cruelty Investigation School level 1, 2, and 3.
Scott Bayerl has spent the last 20 years working in the horse rescue and adoption field, starting out as a volunteer, then several years later, founding the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, where he is still the Director. Over those past 20 years, Scott has been part of countless fundraisers, trade shows, has worked with hundreds of horses and has assisted local authorities in many, many neglect and abuse cases. It is his calling to be the voice of those that cannot speak for themselves.
Christine Achtermeier has been an advocate for animal welfare her entire life, adopting dogs and horses from local shelters and programs. She has donated countless hours to local organizations and has become a trusted and reliable asset for the people and organizations she works with. She looks forward to the challenges and rewards that come with working alongside the dedicated people in the WHA.
Karen Bayerl started her charitable work with animals as the President of a local humane society many years ago. She has been a horse owner her whole life and eventually became the Co-Director of the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc. She has helped place over 1000 horses into the right homes over the past 15+ years. Karen’s passions in life are caring for a herd of 30+ horses, working with potential adopters to find the right horse for them, and rehabilitating the horses that come in needing that helping hand and watching them blossom.
Betsy Halat worked for many years as the equine coordinator and senior resource specialist at the Dane County Humane Society. Betsy has owned horses for most of her life with experience in showing through the national level. While showing is still one of Betsy's interests, her focus has turned towards helping senior horses with some of her most recent adoptions being mares in their 30's.
Robin Guernsey has been with the WHA since 2017. Robin is a Realtor with a passion for horse welfare. She's owned by five Icelandic horses and 2 cats.
Mandy Henderson was born with a passion for all animals, especially horses. After pursing a career as a veterinary technician, Mandy went on to work for the Dane County Humane Society for several years as well as the University of WI School of Veterinary Medicine. Animal rescue, rehabilitation and adoption is Mandy’s primary focus. Her farm consists of a revolving door of rescue horses, 8 rescue goats, 5 rescue cats, 2 rescue dogs and even a handful of rescue chickens.