Leadership transition taking place at Days End Farm Horse Rescue

Leadership transition taking place at Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Kathleen Schwartz-Howe is shown on Isaac, who came to Days End Farm Horse Rescue from Prince George's County in 2007. Because of his disposition and patience with children, he is currently part of the nonprofit's education program herd, serving as an ambassador for its mission. Erin Ochoa is in front. (Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

After 24 years of leading Days End Farm Horse Rescue and improving the lives of horses throughout Maryland, Kathleen Schwartz-Howe will retire Sunday as the nonprofit's executive director.

Schwartz-Howe has worked to build Days End from an idea into a nationally recognized, premier all-breed equine rescue that works closely with animal control professions on the rescue and rehabilitation of horses. Beyond her work with Days End, Schwartz-Howe was instrumental in establishing the Maryland Horse Council's Minimum Standards of Care for Equines and advocated for the enactment of the state law that holds people legally accountable in Maryland when they abuse and neglect horses in their care.


Carolyn "Nicky" Ratliff, executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County and member of the Days End Farm Horse Rescue board of directors, calls Days End "a most extraordinary equine rescue - a godsend to those of us that enforce the state cruelty and neglect laws." Ratliff said she is "proud to have witnessed all that Kathy and the organization have accomplished for horses, the community and the state of Maryland. DEFHR is priceless, and has been a key component in almost every severe equine cruelty investigation in Maryland for the past 20 years."

Suzanne Schooler, chair of the Days End board of directors, said, "As a result of her efforts, [Kathy] has saved the lives of hundreds of horses and along the way forged an impressive legacy and financially sound organization staffed by an experienced team that shares her passion, commitment and vision that every horse deserves a chance at a bright future."

"I am leaving the organization in excellent hands - I truly could not ask for a better group of individuals and have full confidence in their ability to carry on the mission of DEFHR," said Schwartz-Howe. "I am looking forward to resting, spending time with family, including my many grandchildren, and traveling with my husband Jerry."

Assistant Executive Director Erin Ochoa has been selected by the board of directors to assume Days End's leadership role. Ochoa first joined the organization in 2005 as Equine Programs director.

Schooler said, "We chose Erin because of her strong technical and leadership skills and long, close association with DEFHR. She has the passion, motivation, energy and strategic vision to carry out DEFHR's mission going forward."

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, which is at 1372 Woodbine Road, Lisbon, always needs donations and dedicated volunteers. For more information, call 410-442-1564 or visit

Wing Feed
The Mount Airy fire company will host a wing feed Sept. 21 at the Mount Airy Activities Building.
Tickets will only be sold in advance and are $20 each.
The menu is all-you-can-eat wings - barbecue, honey mustard, hot, mild, naked, Old Bay - and hot dogs, crab soup, french fries, beer, soda and water.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. Food will be served from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will be a deejay from 9 p.m. to midnight, as well as games of chance and a silent auction.
For more information or a ticket, call Dan Caiola at 301-829-0100 ext. 369.
The Activities Building is at 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.

Spaghetti dinner
The Winfield fire company ladies auxiliary will have an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The menu will consist of spaghetti with your choice of marinara or meat sauce, salad bar, breadsticks and assorted drinks.
The cost is: adults, $8; children ages 3 to 10, $4; and carryout, $9.
Baked goods will be available at an additional cost.
The fire hall is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
For more information, call the station at 410-795-1333.

Food and fashion
The St. Michael's Catholic Church Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a TaylorMarie's fashion event from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
Tickets are $12 each, and include a light lunch and fashion show.
Come see the fall fashions and accessories from brand names such as Ruby Rd., Alfred Dunner, Erin London, Tribal and Karen Hart. Petites, misses and women's sizes will be available for purchase.
Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.
Contact I-Ming Clark at 301-466-6310 or Kathy Brossart at 301-829-6924 for tickets.
Tickets will also be available after all weekend Masses prior to the event at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michael's Road, Mount Airy. This event will take place in the multi-purpose room.