Karen Gustin

Executive Director

Karen has been the Executive Director at the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center in Nicholasville, KY since April 2012.

Contact Email: ExecDir@kyeac.org

Office: 859-881-5849

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Lydia Cassady 

Office Assistant, Take the Reins Logistics Coordinator 

 When Lydia started out as a steady volunteer in April 2012, she showed interest in all aspects of the rescue, so she gained experience working in the barn with the horses as well as in the office.

Contact Email: ExecAsst@kyeac.org

Office: 859-881-5849

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Mary Simons

Administrative Assistant

Mary assists with fundraising activities, record keeping and correspondence at KyEAC and began as a volunteer in 2007. 

​Contact Email: OfficeAsst@kyeac.org

Phone: 859-881-5849

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Head Barn Cat

Sally is our barn cat. She enjoys making rounds to all of our horses, greeting our other staff in the mornings, and being the first to inspect anything new that comes through the gates to make sure it's ok!

Julie Cooper

Barn Manager

Julie has been the barn manager since 2011. Having a love of horses from an early age, she started taking lessons at the age of seven, and her passion grew from there!

Contact Email: info@kyeac.org

Phone: 859-881-5849

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Virginia Madelung

Assistant Barn Manager 

Virginia came to the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center in December 2011 with over 30 yrs of practical experience in the equine industry.​

Contact Email:info@kyeac.org

Phone: 859-881-5849

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Olivia Dixon


As the head trainer, Olivia is key to helping the horses that come to the Center get ready for the next chapter of their lives.

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Paige Metcalfe


Paige started to ride at only 3 years old in her home country of Kyrgyzstan and has extensive training experience.

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Hannah Long

Barn Crew

Growing up, Hannah read everything horse related she could get her hands on. She got to pick out her first hoof at age 16, and the rest is history.

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Carolyn Huffman

Volunteer Coordinator & Adoption Application Processor

Carolyn has been with the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center since May 2011. 

Contact Email: Application@kyeac.org

Phone: 859-229-6263

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