2014 Northeast Wild Horse Adoption Conference

Presented with Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy

Grateful acknowledgement to those who made this conference possible: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Jeff Houston, Farrier Service, The Platero Project, and Triple Crown Nutrition.

The 2014 Northeast Wild Horse Adoption Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 28 - Sunday, March 30, 2014 on Tufts' Grafton campus. Mary Koncel (MFA, MS) an adjunct instructor for Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, is the course director. This conference is 4 hours of Continuing Veterinary Medical Education credit.


Conference Schedule: Saturday, March 29
Time Event Speaker
9:30am–10:00am Check-In
10:00am–10:30am Hospital for Large Animals Tour Carl Kirker-Head (VetMB, MA, DACVS, DECVS)
10:30am–11:00am Welcome and Statement of Mission Allen Rutberg (PhD); Mary Koncel (MFA, MS)
11:00am–12:00pm Panel Discussion: Caring for a Wild Horse Christopher Weber, DVM; Kris and Nik Kokal
12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm–2:15pm Panel Discussion: Selecting and Acquiring a Wild Horse Kim Dore; Ginger Kathrens; Kali Sublett
2:15pm–2:30pm Break
2:30pm–3:45pm Panel Discussion: Understanding Relinquishment of Wild Horses Melissa Ghareeb; Mona Jerome; Robin Rivello
3:45pm–4:15pm Wrap Up and Review of the Panels
4:15pm–4:30pm Q & A with BLM Steve Meyer
4:30pm–4:45pm Presentation: Humane Society of the United States' Platero Project Ann Firestone, Save Your Ass Rescue
4:45pm–5:30pm Reception Guests include Steve Meyer, BLM; Karen McCalpin, Corolla Wild Horse Fund
Conference Schedule: Sunday, March 30
Time Event
8:30am–9:00am Check-In
9:00am–10:30am Roundtable / Small Group Discussions: Promoting Successful Wild Horse Adoption in the Northeast
10:30am–11:00am Conference Wrap-up
11:00am–11:30am Lunch
11:30am–3:00pm Demonstrations (Free and Open to the Public), ON CAMPUS.
  • Training Demonstrations
    with Kris Kokal, Chris Lombard
  • Saddle Fitting Discussion and Demonstration
    with Janie Matocha
  • Meet and Greet with Locally Adopted Mustangs
    with Laura Baker, Nik Kokal, and Mary Koncel


The registration fee is $75 for two days, is $40 for one day, and is $20 for students. Cummings School students and MAPP program students are free of charge (register by email at vetceinfo [at] tufts [dot] edu). Registration includes lectures, continental breakfasts, lunches, and receptions.

Both an online registration form and a PDF registration form are available.