Garret Leonard, Director of the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™

A professional horseman for 20 years, Garret Leonard brings a love of horses, as well as expert riding and training skills, to his position as director of our Harmony Equine Center. Located near Franktown, Colo., the 168-acre center provides relief from suffering, rehabilitation and chances for new lives to abused and neglected horses that have been removed for their owners by law enforcement agencies.

Garret oversees a staff of six, several on-call equine veterinarians and farriers, and approximately 80 volunteers who provide equines at the center with nutritious food, expert veterinary care, clean stalls, loving care and gentle training based on natural horsemanship techniques. Since its opening in 2012, the Harmony Equine Center has received more than 560 abused or neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules from throughout Colorado. Once the animals at the Harmony Equine Center are restored to health, they are offered for adoption to responsible new owners through an application and interview process.

Garret holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. He has two black Labs and four horses that he uses to help train the animals that come to the Harmony Equine Center.