Andie Wilcox, Executive Manager

Andie joined Redwings in March 2017.  Like many of the staff, she has had a love affair with horses since she was very young.  Her dream came true when she got her first horse, Copper Lady at age 12.  She began competing on her mare in hunter/jumper classes.  She then went on to acquire and show additional horses under the training guidance of Jimmy Williams and school and show alongside Hap Hansen and Susie Hutchinson.

Andie grew up in La Canada/Flintridge, CA with her two brothers and spent her entire existence at Flintridge Riding Club.  She went on to attend the University of Denver graduating with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Special Education.  Having decided to not get her teaching degree, she worked in various fields and to did extensive volunteer work which led her to being named “The 50 People to Watch” by San Diego Magazine. Thus, her future career began.  She has had 25+ years in all areas of fundraising working primarily with large hospital systems.  Her grown children grew up in La Jolla and Carlsbad and she has one grandson. Her other children are Hollywood, a 12-year-old red bay gelding and a 12-year-old pug named Lulu.

Her lifelong dream has been to work on behalf of animal welfare, especially for horses in need; for those who need a voice; to end neglect, abuse and inhumane horse slaughter that continues today.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Redwings team.  We will with your help, end the suffering of these regal and spiritual creatures.  THANK YOU FOR CARING.

SaraSara Ruggerone, Equine Care Manager

Sara joined the Redwings team in October of 2013.  Along with her extensive background in the equine world she brings a vision to Redwings that will make it possible for our organization to expand its rescue efforts to include a program for fostering rehabilitated horses as a pathway to adoption.

Sara lives and breathes horses; and she personally owns five horses, all of them are rescues.  She worked for Partners in Equestrian Therapy teaching adults and children with disabilities basic riding skills to develop their self-confidence and independence.  And, for two months in 2009 she served as a volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa and Namibia, further illustrating her love of animals and her very special talent working with them.  This love of animals and the ability to teach others how to connect with them is a gift few of us possess.

Sara’s educational background from Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo is in animal science with a concentration in equine studies.  Sara enjoys her position of equine care supervisor and overseeing the herd of 80 plus equines at Redwings.  Her accomplishments in the past year include accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), becoming an Aftercare Partner with the California Race Management Account (CARMA), and completing an application for accreditation with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). Her engaging personality, management skills, and can-do attitude made her a perfect fit for Redwings.

Jorge Padilla, Ranch Manager

In January of 2018, Redwings was fortunate to have Jorge Padilla join our team.  Jorge has had a long and successful career in equine care and ranch management.  For the past 22 years, Jorge worked at a very large Thoroughbred breeding farm on the central coast.  He has a wide range of experience ranging from horse handling and mare and foal management to ranch maintenance and repair.  Jorge started as an equine care assistant at Redwings, handling daily treatments and medications for our horses, but he was quickly promoted to Ranch Manager.  Today Jorge oversees a team of five ranch hands and is responsible for keeping the ranch operating smoothly.  He also continues to work with the horses daily as part of the equine care team.  Jorge’s dedication to the horses is evident in the care he takes with every task, and he works hard every day to make their lives happy, healthy and safe.

Desirae Vanek Cogdell – Development Coordinator
Cecilio Cruz-Carillo – Equine Care Assistant
Juan Alcanta Avila – Ranch Hand
Nazario Cardena Dia – Ranch Hand
Rafael Valencia – Ranch Hand
Jose Gaxiola – Ranch Hand