William Allsopp, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Having trained dogs for years, William Allsopp discovered his passion for horses while working in Alaska for Black Diamond Tours, a carriage tour company outside of Denali National Park. Will’s interest in draft horses, particularly Percherons, was fueled by his learning to train, drive and care for these large horses. In addition, Will’s father is a retired Navy Master Chief. This experience showed him the importance of helping our brave men and women as they come back from forward positions.
Upon his return to California, Will began working for Camulos Farm. Increasing his knowledge to include ground training, Thoroughbred rehabilitation, equine nutrition and basic veterinary care, Will’s natural ability has become a cornerstone of farm activity. By teaching the young horses and those coming off the racetrack such skills as driving, basic grooming, clipping and light riding, Will’s expertise has shortened the course of rehabilitation and re-training for most of our horses. We intend to include a service-dog training track in this program, in addition to our Veteran therapies.
Sara Blann, TRAINING AND FACILITIES DIRECTOR
A native Californian, Sara Blann has worked with horses for over 40 years, and has been a trainer for over 20 years. A passionate advocate for off-the-track- Thoroughbreds, Sara was an associate trainer for Blum Thoroughbreds, bringing horses that had finished racing into new jobs and new homes.
Starting her career under the tutelage of Sandy Arledge, a well-known breeder and trainer, Sara was very successful on the Western Show Circuit, traveling and winning championships throughout California and Arizona.
Sara went on to work with an international trainer in Italy where her training skills were expanded and refined.
After winning several Championships in the Hunters/Jumpers show category, Sara took up the challenge of Dressage. Training her Off-the-track-Thoroughbred – Original Concept – was an experience that resulted in ribbons and training expertise. Using techniques taught by Jo Moran, Sara incorporated solid flat work into all her clients’ Hunters and Jumpers.
It was through her work with Camulos Farm that Sara realized the importance of helping our veterans upon their return home. Citing an experience with a client’s mother, Sara saw first hand how horses help to unlock the emotional and mental effects of war. It was through watching as two of her clients’ parents used horses to help regain an understanding of their emotions, that Sara saw how what she did on a day-to-day basis could help give our soldiers, sailors and marines the coping skills they needed to integrate back into “normal” life.
Now a passion, Sara is determined to help as many of our veterans as possible to meet these magnificent creatures, and find a way to address their unique emotional needs.