Founder and President
Salt River Wild Horse Management Group
Simone Netherlands is a former corporate executive with a degree in business/marketing and additional studies in equine science, health and nutrition. She is the founder and president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG), which in 2015 prevented the roundup and removal of the Salt River wild horses, in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. She and her volunteers now manage this herd humanely under a one dollar contract with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA). With over 35 years of natural horsemanship training and experience (studied methods of Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts, Dennis Reis, Clinton Anderson, Trust Technique and more) she and her volunteers apply minimal stress techniques when moving or capturing wild horses that need to be rescued. Simone dedicates herself to the well-being and preservation of wild horses everywhere and is also the national spokesperson for the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) promoting humane PZP birth control over roundups and removals. She was certified by the Science and Conservation Center in 2014 and has been applying PZP birth control to wild mares ever since. Born in Holland, she currently travels between her horse sanctuary in Prescott, AZ and the SRWHMG sanctuary adjoining the Tonto National Forest. The field work and 24/7, 365 days a year leadership demonstrates Simone's commitment and passion for finding a win-win between the public and government in providing humane, sustainable and affordable solutions to wild horse management.