Officers & Board of directors
Blue Horse Sanctuary is blessed to have the participation and generosity of its board members, all of whom share a connection to the natural world and the love of horses. Uniquely knowledgeable and talented, each member brings special gifts that provide an abundance of leadership and direction to the Board.
Painter, owner of Blue Horse Gallery, horse lover, and Founder of the Blue Horse Sanctuary, Melissa is proprietor of the WildWood Ranch near Glen Rose, Texas. Melissa is a graduate from the Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, and has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles and Europe. Married to Frenchman, Frederic Auberty, and mother of two sons, she lives in Dallas, Telluride and her beloved WildWood Ranch.
Alec graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Dallas, with a Degree in Culinary Arts. Afterwards, he received his Conseiller en Sommellerie Certification from CAFA Wine School in Bordeaux, France. After a stint in London, he returned to Dallas becoming Chef de Cuisine at Le Bilboquet, and later, Up on Knox. Alec resides in Telluride, CO, but returns often to WildWood, where he is involved in the raising of cattle to produce quality meats. Alec is an avid snowboarder, mountain climber and fisherman.
Head of Security
Jennifer Britton Herring, LCSW
Jenny became a therapist after raising a family of three children and observing the challenge’s children and families face in today’s world. She received her Masters of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she specialized in children and family therapy.
Working with individuals who experience or have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, bi-polar and borderline personality disorders, Ms. Herring is also experienced in working with families with a variety of challenges, including trauma. She uses evidence based modalities that she feels best serve her clients, and encompasses psycho-dynamic, narrative, inner-child and strengths based approaches to empower them. Jenny knows that seeking help takes a great deal of courage and understands the privilege of being trusted with the role of therapist.
Michael Battenfield is a certified Natural Horsemanship Trainer. He uses techniques that speak the horses language, bridging the barrier between man and horse. Michael works with owners throughout the US to ensure a partnership that lasts, and specializes in restarting problem horses. It is his belief that first impressions last a lifetime and that problem horses have been taught to react badly by uninformed owners and trainers. Through patience and diligence, any horse can be given the chance to learn from the beginning how to settle into a harmonious relationship with humans.
Michael has entered and won many competitions, including the Bluebonnet Challenge and he placed in the top 10 of the Mustang Challenge in 2014. His patience and step-by-step teaching style offers a lifetime of knowledge and a steady supportive approach to his many clients.
Chuck’s career as an Interior Designer has taken him from New York to Los Angeles and ultimately Dallas, where he has had an A list clientele for the past 25 years. Chuck’s portfolio includes large scale residential remodels, corporate space planning, construction
management and an endless variety of unique projects throughout the US. Expanding his creative output, Chuck adds successful artist to his resume, creating figurative collages and encaustic paintings that are featured in galleries in Dallas and Fort Worth
Chuck designed the modern art studio compound at WildWood and remodeled the Big Kid Hollow Cabin, located on the mesa in the Sanctuary. The cabin was originally the old train station in Hico, Texas, and had been moved to the property in the 1950’s. The thoroughly redesigned structure provides a vista from which to view
Chalk Mountain on the horizon, and more importantly, the rescues that graze in the adjoining fields.