Jean Welch – Ranch Manager
Born and raised in Connecticut, Jean has always had an interest in animals. Totally smitten with the incurable “Horse Bug”, she bought her first horse with the money she earned babysitting, mowing lawns, and from her first job at McDonald’s. She, as many of us did, worked off her board by mucking stalls, cleaning tack, and tackling various other jobs around the stable. Working her way up the ladder from stable girl to trail guide, she eventually became Barn Manager for Hunter’s Glen Morgans, following the New England Morgan Circuit during show season while still maintaining a presence at her home stable.
Upon moving to Benson Arizona in 1999, she boarded her two horses at the J-Six Equestrian Center where she got her first taste of Natural Horsemanship and participated in many clinics there. After witnessing the remarkable results and improved overall behavior of her own two horses, she became a firm believer of this kinder, gentler method of training, and has diligently pursued it ever since.
In 2006 while distributing flyers for her horse club, she stumbled across the Equine Voices Fundraiser and learned of the PMU industry and all its horrors. She was invited to tour the Ranch and it was there she met Scout, the PMU by-product baby she would later adopt. He has become her faithful companion and the love of her life, and together they enjoy many adventures, exploring the beautiful Santa Rita Mountain trails behind their house.
In September of 2008 Jean got the opportunity of a lifetime and left the corporate world to become the Ranch Manager for Equine Voices. “She’s never been happier” says her husband Bob. “She finally feels as though she’s doing what she’s supposed to be doing. She loves it.”
She and Bob have their own ranch in Vail, AZ where they have 4 horses, 2 dogs and 1 cat.
Betty Jo Allred – Administrative Assistant
Betty Jo was born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio. She spent a great deal of time at her great grandmother’s farm in Kentucky. There she learned to love & care for farm animals. She did barn chores, mucking, raking, caring & feeding all the animals. She learned to appreciate the strength and beauty of horses and what they have done for mankind. She enjoyed playing on the farm and cherished the beautiful countryside.
Her family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1970 where she graduated from Amphitheater High School in 1973. Betty Jo had a career in the medical field for 30 years prior to coming to Equine Voices. Betty Jo & Bernie live on five acres near Equine Voices with Buffy their Shih Tzu, and their goat.