Karen McCalpin the Executive Director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund has decided that after 10 years it’s time to move back to her native Pennsylvania where most of her family lives.

Although the Corolla Wild Horse Fund had been in existence for ten years when Karen came on the scene, it was under her leadership that the organization really flourished, taking on a USFW management plan that would have doomed the horses, working with genetic experts to demonstrate the Corolla herd is directly descended from the Mustangs of the Conquistadors, bringing in a stallion from the Shackleford Banks herd—the closest genetic equivalent—to ensure diversity…the list goes on and on. 

She has been a passionate advocate for the Corolla Wild Horses, consistently working 50 and 60 hours a week. Yet through it all she has managed to keep a sense of humor and perspective. 

The position with the CWHF was a dream come true for her. “I’m a lifelong horse woman and my background is in nonprofit management,” she once said, and matching her skills with the needs of the organization was the perfect fit. 

“My love for these horses is undefinable and unmeasurable,” she wrote in her letter of resignation, and anyone who had the opportunity to see her at work and witness what she accomplished understood that without explanation.

Although she is leaving the CWHF, the apple, as the saying goes, is not falling far from the tree. “I have accepted a position as the Executive Director of a therapeutic riding center in Pennsylvania,” she noted in her letter of resignation.

Karen’s last day will be December 31.