Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of a team of dedicated, talented and caring individuals who work together to achieve our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses in need. And ensuring our permanent residents always have a safe and comfortable sanctuary.

DeeAnn Smith – President

DeeAnn Smith is the daughter of our late founder, Glenda Smith.  DeeAnn has been fortunate enough to work with many different trainers learning various disciplines of riding as well as working a season at Tampa Bay Downs racetrack to learn the “racehorse” aspect of the Thoroughbred breed to help make the off-the-track transition as smooth as possible. DeeAnn graduated from Saint Leo University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and is now pursuing a career with the Tampa Police Department as a police officer. It was Glenda’s life-long ambition to have a thriving horse rescue, so DeeAnn is fully committed to keeping her dream alive.

contact: deeannsmith81@gmail.com


Carol Burnell – Secretary

Carol is from Rockford, Illinois and spent much of her childhood watching her father’s Thoroughbreds race at tracks from Arlington Park in Chicago to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It was a natural transition for her to enter the horse show world with a series of American Saddlebreds. Her favorite horse was Chief’s Treasure. He was a handsome 3 gaited gelding who was a regular winner on the show circuit.

contact: carol@equestrianinc.org

Carol moved to Florida 27 years ago and she began work at SunTrust Bank as a trust portfolio manager. She retired from banking and was looking for volunteer work with horses when she found Equestrian Inc. She feels a fulfillment when working with the horses at Equestrian Inc., and loves to see the wonderful change that comes over the horses when they arrive at the farm. Some experience, for the first time, a sense of calm and peace that had been missing in their lives. She states that “It’s truly the most gratifying feeling to watch them finally realize they are safe and loved.”

Rob Cavanaugh


Rob Cavanaugh is originally from Stoughton, MA. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Saint Leo University and was also a member of the men’s lacrosse team. He joined Equestrian Inc. in 2015 having limited horse experience. While Rob doesn’t spend as much time in the barn, his knowledge of accounting and finance has proven to be very beneficial for Equestrian Inc. He also enjoys bonding with our thirty-year-old Appaloosa gelding, Lucky. Rob currently works at Power Design Inc. as a financial analyst. 

contact: rob.cavanaugh33@gmail.com

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