Susan & Paidraig

Susan Peirce and Paidraig (Rescue #113)

Susan Peirce, President/Founder 


Susan Peirce is the President and Founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue located in Chino Hills, California. Red Bucket is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that rescues slaughter-bound, starving, neglected and traumatized equines. Susan is a lifelong horsewoman with over forty years of relevant equine experience including training, program design, rehabilitation, operations, management and both national and international horse show experience. Susan is a partner at Spencer/Shenk/Capers & Associates, Inc., a behavioral consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development and effectiveness. Her client list has included Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, PacifiCare, Blue Cross, Epson and many global organizations. She has successfully blended her business, behavioral and horse experience in developing an innovative model of horse rescue, which is quickly bringing awareness of the significant results that Red Bucket is achieving under her leadership. Susan has established a track record of rescue that includes a very strong training base in preparing rescued horses for their forever homes. Her advocacy is that “rescue is only the beginning,” therefore the intensive and goal-directed development and training of horses in the care of Red Bucket is a strong differentiator. Red Bucket’s unprecedented practice of carefully matching adopters with horses, extensive preparation including free coaching and riding lessons, and assigning field support to all adopted equines results in an extremely low return rate. Susan’s rescue work extends beyond the boundaries of Red Bucket Equine Rescue, as she participates in national rescue efforts, counsels individuals wanting to surrender horses, and provides coaching and support to other rescues. In addition, she is a steering committee member of the Homes for Horses Coalition, a founding member and board member of the North American Fund for At-Risk Horses (NAFFAH), and a member of Project Safety Net. Susan is a leader in the field of equine welfare and has dedicated her life to saving and serving high-risk horses, providing the leadership to create a sustainable model of rescue for the future, and changing the paradigm of rescue horses.