About The Horse Fund

The Horse Fund is the intersection of a lifelong passion and a more recent career focus. Michele Pesula Kuegler has been an animal person her entire life: cats, dogs, chickens, and lizards, among other animals, have been part of her household. However, she was late to the thoroughbred game, not attending live racing at a track until 2007. Making up for time since then, she became Director of Aftercare and Community at Wasabi Ventures Stables in 2016. She has become steadily more involved in thoroughbreds since then.

In 2019 Michele launched an aftercare program at WVS. Club members were requested to donate a nominal amount to aftercare upon any horse’s positive exit. Working with club members, who not only embraced the idea of aftercare but also supported it financially, inspired Michele. This was the impetus to create a nonprofit, focused on securing safe retirements for WVS horses. In addition to fundraising, The Horse Fund will educate the public about the careers and opportunities for racehorses once their racing careers end.

In October 2021, The Horse Fund received IRS recognition as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Our board

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Michele Pesula KueglerExecutive Director

Michele is the Director of Aftercare and Community at Wasabi Ventures Stables. Her role at WV Stables combines her passion for animals with her skills in social media, community building, and networking. In addition to this role, Michele works as a wine educator and food blogger. Basically, her days are filled with horses, wine, food, and the WVS community.

George Adams

George AdamsVice President

After a short career as a corporate attorney, George decided to follow his passion and embarked on a career in the Thoroughbred industry in 2012. He established his Housatonic Bloodstock LLC in 2014, which provides pedigree analysis and mating recommendations to clients, as well as assistance identifying and inspecting potential purchases both privately and at auction. He also serves as the Director of Stallions and Breeding for Wasabi Ventures Stables. His prior industry experience included stints at Claiborne Farm, Country Life Farm, and Shug McGaughey.

Jordyn Egan

Jordyn EganSecretary

Jordyn Egan is a graduate of the Race Track Industry Program (University of Arizona) and Godolphin Flying Start. She serves as the director of special projects for the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and director of development for the Maryland Horse Foundation. Growing up in Southern California, Jordyn’s early days were spent riding with friends and volunteering at a local therapeutic riding facility. Her passion for horses has not waned and she is grateful to have a fulfilling career in an industry she loves.

Jen Roytz

Jen Roytz

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jen Roytz is a marketing and communications specialist based in Central Kentucky with a professional background in Thoroughbred aftercare. Over the past 10 years, Roytz served in the capacities of board member, marketing consultant and for the past four years as executive director of the Retired Racehorse Project, a nonprofit organization that works to increase demand for Thoroughbreds after racing, a role from which she stepped down at the end of 2021. Previously, Jen was the marketing director for Three Chimneys Farm, where she also served as the aftercare liaison for the farm and its clients.

Tom Erisman

Tom Erisman

Tom Erisman is a CPA and sole practitioner with a small business accounting and consulting practice based in Central Maryland. Tom has clients in various industries and locations in the U.S., as well as U.K. clients with domestic operations. Tom is a lifelong horse racing fan and became a Wasabi Ventures Stables member in early 2017. He closely follows the Wasabi horse band remotely and attends many races in person. Tom has experience with organizing and directing non-profit start-ups, plus he is currently the Contract Accountant for the Charles Town Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association in West Virginia.