Caramello Named Director of UHC

Dagmar Caramello, MA, has joined the American Horse Council as the director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).

As the face of the UHC, her responsibilities will include overseeing communication efforts between the UHC and the greater equine community, working closely with UHC members to enhance current and future efforts of the organization, and establishing and cultivating relationships with new UHC members and donors.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dagmar to our team,” said UHC Chairman Doug Corey, DVM. “She has both participated and worked in the horse industry, and brings experience and enthusiasm to her new position with the Unwanted Horse Coalition.”

Caramello grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and developed a passion for horses at the early age of five which has continued into her adult life. In 2011, she graduated from Pennsylvania State University, having majored in english and minored in equine science. In 2013, she received her master’s degree in english from the University of Maryland.

Already an active competitor on the Mid-Atlantic eventing circuit, Caramello, in recent years, has become intimately involved with the Maryland Thoroughbred racing industry as an exercise rider—a position she took on fulltime while pursuing her graduate degree.

“Having worked on the racetrack for three years, I’ve gotten to see firsthand the number of horses out there who are not only capable, but are hugely deserving of second careers," she said. "There is a lot of untapped potential at the racetrack. Just because a horse isn’t a very talented runner, or has lost interest in racing with age, doesn’t mean it can’t have a bright future in a new job. I am excited to join the Unwanted Horse Coalition as an advocate for unwanted horses of all breeds and backgrounds.”

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